Chinese, Malay and Indian undergraduates in Singapore

The Chinese are ahead in education in Singapore. The proportion of Chinese undergraduates in Singapore universities is greater than the proportion of Chinese among young Singaporeans.  The proportion of Indian and Malay undergraduates in Singapore universities, on the other hand, is less than the  proportion of Indians and Malay among young Singaporeans.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said the proportions of Chinese, Malay and Indians among Singapore citizens admitted to the local universities were 89 per cent, 5 per cent and 4 per cent respectively in 2011, reported AsiaOne.

The minister said there are no ethnic quotas for entry to Singapore universities. That’s clear from the figures. Had there been ethnic quotas, there would have been fewer Chinese and more Malay and Indian undergraduates.

About 70.4 per cent of the Singaporeans aged 15 to 19 are Chinese — and so are 71.2 per cent of the Singaporeans aged 20 to 24.  The Malays make up 18.2 per cent of the 15-19 and  18.1 per cent of the 20-24 age group. The Indians make up about 8.7 per cent of the 15-19 and about 8.5 per cent of the 20-24 age group.

Population Trends 2011 by Singapore’s Department of Statistics gives the following figures for the two age groups:

15-to 19 age group

Total : 260,700. Males: 132,600. Females: 128,200.

  • Chinese: 183,700. Males: 93,800.  Females: 89,900.
  • Malays: 47,700. Males: 24,500. Females: 23,200.
  • Indians: 22,800. Males: 11,300. Females: 11,500.
  • Others: 6,500. Males: 2,900. Females: 3,600.

20-24 age group

Total : 255,100. Males: 128,200. Females: 126,800.

  • Chinese: 181,800. Males:91,700.  Females: 90,200.
  • Malays: 46,200. Males: 23,600. Females: 22,600.
  • Indians: 21,800. Males: 10,800. Females: 11,100.
  • Others: 5,200. Males: 2,200. Females: 3,000.



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