Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. Temperatures range from 22 to 34 °C (71.6 to 93.2 °F).
May and June are the hottest months, while November and December make up the wetter monsoon season. However, there is rainfall throughout the year. From August to October, there is often haze, sometimes severe enough to prompt public health warnings, due to bush fires in neighbouring Indonesia.
Due to its diverse population and immigrant background, Singaporean culture has often been described as a mix of cultures – British, Malay, Chinese, Indian and Peranakan. Foreigners also make up 42% of the population in Singapore and they play an important role in influencing Singaporean culture.
Singaporean cuisine is an example of the country’s diversity and cultural diffusion; with significant influences from British, Chinese, Indian, Malay, Tamil cuisine, and Indonesian cuisine. Typical Singaporean food includes the satay, nasi lemak, fish and chips and the famed Hainanese chicken rice.
While there are fancy restaurants offering every kind of cuisine, there are also fast food chains, hawker centers where you can have a very satisfying meal for a few dollars. You can have Chinese noodles, with an Indian curry & a Malay side dish followed by a French dessert.
Public Holidays :
- New Year’s Day – January 1st
- Chinese New Year – 1st and 2nd days of Chinese calendar
- Good Friday – varies every year
- Labour Day – May 1st
- Vesak Day (Birth of Buddha) – varies every year
- National Day – August 9th (Singapore Independence Day)
- Hari Raya Puasa (End of Ramadan month) – varies every year
- Deepavali (Hindu Holiday) – varies every year
- Hari Raya Haji (Feast of the Sacrifice) – varies every year
- Christmas Day – December 25th
Time Zones :
Singapore Standard Time (SST) – 2:30 hours plus IST
* IST – Indian Standard Time
- Full name : Republic of Singapore
- Population : 49,87,600 (2009 estimates)
- Capital : Singapore
- Area : 710.2 sq km
- Official languages : English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil
- Major religion : Buddhism
- Life expectancy : 78 years (men), 82 years (women)
- Monetary unit : 1 Singapore dollar SGD)
- Main exports : machinery and equipment, electronics, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and mineral fuels
- GNI per capita : $47,940 (World Bank, 2008)
- Internet domain : .sg
- International dialing code : +65
Singapore is the fifth wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP and per capita income. Unemployment rate in Singapore is one of the lowest in the world. With a dynamic and high-spirited life and work culture, Singapore has become a cosmopolitan destination.
- 2nd safest Country to live & Crime Free Country
- The cleanest country
- HUB of Business in Asia – Fertile ground for Banking & Service Industry.
- World’s No.1 producer of Electronics, Shipping, Logistics & Bunker Oil
- Almost every MNC has its Asia-Pacific Head Office in Singapore making it easier for students to find jobs. I.e., Home to more than 7000 MNC’s.
- Growing steadily at more than 5% rate for many decades with strong links to US, EU, China, India & Japan.
- The 25th best highly developed nation with state-of-art transport system & 3G telecom network that’s second only to USA.
- Singapore is a nation built by immigrants and it still welcomes all who are keen to play a part in its economic development.
- Singapore offers globally top ranked working populace, recognized for its high level of productivity, technical proficiency & positive work attitude.
- Singaporeans don’t need a VISA to enter about 60 Countries including USA & EU.
- Processing for PR (Permanent Residency) takes only 71 Days.
- Singapore is ideally located as the gateway to regional countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei & Thailand. All are easily reached via Ferry, Train, plane or even coach with travel times being no longer than three hours.
- Singapore is the world’s 3rd wired nation and Asia’s most wired one where online banking & mobile lifestyle have become the norm.
- Close to 99% of the population or almost every home, school & business has access to Broadband Internet.
- There are already more than 50,000 International students in Singapore, of which about 2000 are Indian Students pursuing educations at various levels.
- Many international students are attracted to the quality UG & PG programs offered by Singapore’s local Universities as well as International Universities based in Singapore.
- National University of Singapore
- Nanyang Technological University
- Singapore Management University
- SIM University
- Singapore polytechnic
- Ngee Ann Polytechnic
- Temasek Polytechnic
- Nanyang Polytechnic
- Republic Polytechnic
Other Institutions providing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees courses :
- Asia Pacific Centre for Management Leadership
- Auston Institute
- BMC Academy
- Design Technology Institute
- East Asia Institute of Management
- German Institute of Science and Technology
- Informatics Academy
- Johns Hopkins in Singapore, Division of Biomedical Sciences
- Kaplan Singapore
- Management Development Institute of Singapore
- Marketing Institute of Singapore
- National Institute of Education
- NTU-SJTU Joint EMBA Programme
- PSB Academy
- Singapore Delft Water Alliance
- Singapore Institute of Commerce
- Singapore Institute of Management
- Singapore Stanford Partnership
- Singapore-MIT Alliance
- SMa School of Management
- Stansfield College
- The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific
- TMC Academy
- Tourism Management Institute of Singapore (TMIS)
- Wharton–SMU Research Center