MDIS VS Kaplan VS TMC - Private Institutions

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MDIS VS Kaplan VS TMC - Private Institutions

Postby dolphinsiah » Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:12 pm

I noticed that in this forum nobody discuss about Private Institutions .

I am looking at MDIS/Kaplan and TMC ...was wondering are these good institutions for higher education after secondary school?

I forsee my younger child might continue her higher education in one of this Private Institutions.

So hope to receive more information about these Private Institutions.

:thankyou:

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Re: MDIS VS Kaplan VS TMC - Private Institutions

Postby JJ1111 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:18 pm

Why don't you let her go ITE? I personally feel, unless no choice, all this PTE certificate is not as good as "government" certificate.

I have quite a no. of colleagues who took Degree in MDIS and Kaplan, my Company (Private sector) "recognise" this certificate. Of course the cert cannot compared with those in NTU/NUS/SMU.

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Re: MDIS VS Kaplan VS TMC - Private Institutions

Postby dolphinsiah » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:23 pm

JJ1111 wrote:Why don't you let her go ITE? I personally feel, unless no choice, all this PTE certificate is not as good as "government" certificate.

I have quite a no. of colleagues who took Degree in MDIS and Kaplan, my Company (Private sector) "recognise" this certificate. Of course the cert cannot compared with those in NTU/NUS/SMU.


:thankyou: for your sharing.

Yes going ITE after Secondary is another option. But my child is very weak in Maths. We are looking on Non Technical Courses..... :smile:

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Re: MDIS VS Kaplan VS TMC - Private Institutions

Postby schweppes » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:39 pm

dolphinsiah wrote:
JJ1111 wrote:Why don't you let her go ITE? I personally feel, unless no choice, all this PTE certificate is not as good as "government" certificate.

I have quite a no. of colleagues who took Degree in MDIS and Kaplan, my Company (Private sector) "recognise" this certificate. Of course the cert cannot compared with those in NTU/NUS/SMU.


:thankyou: for your sharing.

Yes going ITE after Secondary is another option. But my child is very weak in Maths. We are looking on Non Technical Courses..... :smile:


I agree with JJ1111. For some students, it is advisable to take the longer route. Go to ITE, work hard and then strive to enter poly. By then, the student is also more matured, disciplined and responsible. It may take a longer route to get there, but more importantly, at least the student will still get there eventually.

Going to ITE is definitely NOT "it's the end". I know of one ITE student who went Poly and even got a scholarship to NUS. Working for a stat board now, Another ITE alum also took the longer route, got her degree and is some high-fligher in a US MNC firm.

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Re: MDIS VS Kaplan VS TMC - Private Institutions

Postby schweppes » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:43 pm

Besides ITE, if the child meets the minimum requirements for selected courses, can also consider Poly education. They have quite a few non Tech courses. Visit the Poly/ITE Open Houses, likely to be scheduled in early Jan.

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Re: MDIS VS Kaplan VS TMC - Private Institutions

Postby schweppes » Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:56 pm

dolphinsiah, u have pm :wink:

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Re: MDIS VS Kaplan VS TMC - Private Institutions

Postby dolphinsiah » Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:09 pm

schweppes wrote:dolphinsiah, u have pm :wink:


:thankyou: schweppes

I fully agree with your thoughts. :wink:

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Re: MDIS VS Kaplan VS TMC - Private Institutions

Postby havok_ex » Sat Oct 18, 2014 1:54 am

Honestly, I wont recommend it. You might end up wasting alot of money all for nothing. Firstly, diplomas from these institutes are not recognised at all. I've seen people enter, pay tons of money, got their diploma BUT could not continue on getting the degree because either their results were not good or they were just not interested. When they go out to try and find work, they either cant find a job or dont get paid much. A local poly diploma holder, only gets about 1.8k starting, for non-engineers. A pte diploma holder would be getting much less. Pte degree is still reasonably okay if it comes from a reputable institute. But pte diploma is more or less useless. Its merely a step to getting into the degree courses at the pte university.

And I honestly wouldnt recommend any of those 3, SIM seems to be the most reputable out of the pte institutes here in sg. So if you want, you should head for SIM. I'm not from SIM, so I'm not advertising or anything. I've had bad a bad experience with MDIS in the past, but I wont air that here. MDIS is not that bad for their engineering/bio courses from what I hear from my friends in those courses, but since your daughter doesnt like math, I dont think she will be doing anything science related.

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Re: MDIS VS Kaplan VS TMC - Private Institutions

Postby zbear » Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:32 am

schweppes wrote:Going to ITE is definitely NOT "it's the end". I know of one ITE student who went Poly and even got a scholarship to NUS. Working for a stat board now, Another ITE alum also took the longer route, got her degree and is some high-fligher in a US MNC firm.



I am not being judgemental but I think its very important that those who enter ITE have to be very selective of the type of company they mix with.

Each time I passed by ITE campus n see the students hanging outside, I don't have a good impression.

ITE is definitely not "it's the end" as they offer very good specialised courses. Its just the environment that I am concerned about.

JMHO.

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Re: MDIS VS Kaplan VS TMC - Private Institutions

Postby schweppes » Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:30 pm

zbear wrote:
I am not being judgemental but I think its very important that those who enter ITE have to be very selective of the type of company they mix with.

Each time I passed by ITE campus n see the students hanging outside, I don't have a good impression.

ITE is definitely not "it's the end" as they offer very good specialised courses. Its just the environment that I am concerned about.

JMHO.


I understand where you are coming from and it's a fair comment. Didn't think you are being judgemental.

For students who are less academically inclined, be it at NT, NA or very weak O students, then I would still advice these students to go ITE to continue with their studies (assuming they don't make the cut for poly ed). Even though the learning environment can be a worry, at least they are still in the education system and learning something, and hopefully can move on to poly diploma and who knows, tertiary education at some point.

Like what JJ and havok_ex have articulated above, certs and diplomas from private institutions are less recognised in the workforce. More importantly, ITE is under MOE purview, so you know the government will definitely take care and allocate resources for ITE education.

I believe that for students who can meet the JC and poly minimum criteria, it's unlikely they would consider ITE. It's for those who are less academically inclined that must think of life after N or O levels. It's a different route from those we are familiar with, but definitely not worse off as long as the family supports the child to further his/her studies.

Hopefully with the right family support in place and teachers' guidance, the better and more motivated students will be less influenced by undesirable behaviour.

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