Lee Kuan Yew on America

Lee Kuan Yew: One Man's View of the World

Lee Kuan Yew: One Man’s View of the World

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister, is celebrating his 90th birthday today. I like to read his books and speeches because he can be so perceptive.

In his latest book, One Man’s View of the World, he rightly praises America for its resilience and dynamism.  He says: [Read more...]

America top choice of would-be migrants

America remains the favourite destination of people wanting to move to another country. And the country with the largest number of people wanting to move to the United States is China.

Nigeria and India have the second and third largest number of people wanting to settle in America.

Countries with the largest number of people wanting to settle in the US

Countries with the largest number of people wanting to settle in the US

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U.S. universities with most international students

Guess which US universities host the most international students? Here’s the list of the 25 US universities which had the largest number of international students in 2010-2011.

These 25 universities had a total of 144,359 international students – or 20 per cent of all the international students in America — in 2010-2011. The information is from the Open Doors Data of the Institute of International Education. [Read more...]

What international students study in America

The number of international students in the United States rose from 690,923 in 2009-2010 to 723,277 in 2010-2011, a 4.7 per cent increase, according to the Open Doors Data from the Institute of International Education. But what are the subjects they study?

Engineering and business management – these are the most popular fields of study for those from the 26 countries that send the largest number of students to America. [Read more...]

Asian students in America

The number of students from Singapore went up from 4,051 in 2009-2010 to 4,356 in 2010-2011, but Singapore is not on the list of 25 countries that send the most number of students to the United States, as we saw in the previous post.

Singapore has more undergraduate than graduate students in the US. In this, Singapore is unlike India, China and Taiwan, which have more graduate than undergraduate students in America.  [Read more...]

Top 25 countries sending students to USA

The largest number of international students in the United States is from China, and they are a growing band.  Their number went up from over 127,800 in 2009-2010 to more than 157,500 in 2010-2011, an increase of more than 23 per cent, according to the Open Doors Data from the Institute of International Education.  The second largest contingent comes from India, but their number went down from over 104,800 in 2009-2010 to nearly 103,900 in 2010-2011.

The number of students from Singapore went up from 4,051 in 2009-2010 to 4,356 in 2010-2011, but Singapore is not on the list of 25 countries that send the most number of students to the US. [Read more...]

How Mrs Lee’s early illness sparked a diplomatic row

Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s autobiography bears witness to how he felt about his wife, Madam Kwa Geok Choo, who died yesterday at the age of 89.

He recalled his angry outburst when the Americans could not send a medical specialist to treat his wife shortly after independence in 1965.

The incident is described in detail in his autobiography, From Third World To First.

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Times on the Net: You can’t beat the traffic

The New York Times is the newspaper with the best website and gets around four million daily unique visitors (estimated cookies) – way above the other newspapers I checked on Google Trends and Double Click Ad Planner. (See the charts at the end of this post.)

The Straits Times resembles the American, not the British, newspapers shown in the charts in one way.

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NUS 34th, NTU 174th in Times university rankings

The National University of Singapore is 34th and Nanyang Technological University 174th in the 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings powered by Thomson Reuters, released today.

American universities swept the board. Here’s the list of the world’s top 100 universities.

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Global rankings and how they are done

A country's ranking in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report depends largely on an executive opinion survey. If the business executives in one country rate its infrastructure, government institutions or education system highly, its score goes up in those categories. These are used to decide overall rankings.

Singapore is the world's third most competitive economy, according to this year's report, for the second year in a row. Switzerland remains No 1 while Sweden has moved up to second place. America, which slipped to second spot last year, is down to fourth place.

What these rankings reflect is business confidence in a country.

In Singapore, the business executives who took part in the survey were chosen with the help of the Economic Development Board. In some countries, they were chosen with the help of non-government bodies. The London School of Economics helped in Britain, the Confederation of Indian Industries in India.

Singapore excelled in those categories where the rankings were based on the executive opinion survey. The executives, chosen with the help of the Economic Development Board, gave it near-perfect scores for quality of education, public trust in politicians and several other categories.

From World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2010

(These charts from the Global Competitiveness Report are based not on the executive opinion survey but on other sources.)

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