I have got into NTU-Georgia Tech Integrated programme in Infocomm. Under this integrated programme in Computer Science, I will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science) from NTU’s School of Computer Engineering and a Master of Science (Computer Science) from Georgia Tech’s College of Computing. The duration of the entire course is about 4 years.

NTU continues to rank among the world’s best, according to the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES). In the league of the “World’s top 100 in technology”, NTU advanced from 33rd position in 2004 to 26th in 2005, to 15th in the 2006 ranking exercise, where it outperformed well-known technology universities such as Melbourne University, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ecole Polytechnique and University of Michigan. In 2007, THES placed NTU alongside the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in international ranking.

Georgia Tech is one of the U.S.’s premiere research universities. Ranked eighth among U.S. News & World Report’s top public universities, Georgia Tech’s 17,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Georgia Tech is among the nation’s top producers of women and African-American engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

I have applied for a National Infocomm Scholarship by the Singapore iDA which can fund this integrated programme. iDA is offering up to 100 scholarships over 5 years, starting in 2007, to students with excellent scholastic abilities and a strong track record of co-curricular activities. The National Infocomm Scholarship offered by iDA aims to build a pool of infocomm professionals taking leadership positions in the industry. The scholarships, each worth about S$170,000, cover full tuition fees for the entire duration of the programme, as well as annual allowance, hostel fees, and return airfare.

If I get the iDA scholarship (highly unlikely) I will have to work in one of their companies for 6 years. But studying with an iDA scholarship in NTU & Georgia Tech is cheaper than studying in NUS without the scholarship.

But studying at NUS can probably (more likely) get me a Bachelor’s degree in Computational Biology & Applied Mathematics, following which I will be able to pursue a PhD. in an American university. Although PhDs have stipends, NUS degree will probably have to be funded through study loans. Study loans can fund 100% of my tuition fees and will get me an additional pocket money of 300$ per month. Moreover study loans do not have bond periods.

So I guess, as of now, going to NUS is more profitable.


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