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The first Open Day event of IDP Education’s Singapore office for 2015 was a record success, with 1,538 people attending. Held on January 17 and 18 at the Parkroyal Hotel, the event attracted 243 students who made applications. With an average of 2.38 applications per student, the event gained a total of 579 applications.
Students were attracted not only by IDP Education’s track record and reputation, but also by the diverse range of institutions present during the event. A total of 35 institutions participated, including majority of the Group of 8 universities, four universities under the ATNs and most of the institutions from the IRUA.
Trends in Course Preferences
With such a large group of participants, prospective students from all walks of life had the opportunity to look at varied choices for further studies. Some trends emerged during the event:
- Commerce and Business is still the number one choice among the local students, with 28.25% of students who attended.
- Over the past few years, however, we have seen an increase in the number of enquiries for Health Sciences and a gradual decline in Business.
- Health Science has been growing strong in each event and the gap between health science and commerce is now a mere 6.58%. This trend should continue due to the degrees that are offered in Singapore where it is hard to find universities for Health Science degrees compared to Commerce, Engineering and IT which has many options in Singapore now.
Students looking for foundation studies were also catered for as institutions such as International Education Services, Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology, Canning College and Trinity College made their presence felt at the Open Day. There were also students looking for specialised niche courses. Once again, institutions like University of Tasmania, Deakin University, Swinburne University of Technology, Murdoch University and Macquarie University ensured that the needs of these students were well-looked after and that they were able to weigh up their options.
The diverse range of options available to students translated into a substantial amount of applications accepted over both days. The total of 579 applications submitted during the event, points to a sustained interest in an Australian education among Singaporeans. Despite the rising costs, the quality of education offered by Australian institutions is a very viable alternative to Singaporeans, with IDP Education Singapore their preferred representative in assisting them to secure their future.
The event gained positive feedback from participants:
“The school representatives were very helpful and almost all my enquiries had been answered.”
Mr Chew Li Liang, Student of Temasek Polytechnic
“Thank you for all for your efforts; especially in catering to each university’s request from time to time.”
Ms Teri Ng, University of Melbourne
“The event provided a lot of information and insights into the universities, thus helping my son to make more informed decisions.”
Mr James Koh, Father
Students submit their application forms
Students and parents consult the school representatives
IDP Education staff provide assistance to the students