University of London

Gaining a
Global Edge

University of London
This year marks the 30th anniversary of successful partnership between the University of London and the Singapore Institute of Management Global Education (SIM GE). We speak to Raphael Ng Jer Hou to find out more about the quality, value and intellectual rigour offered by the University of London International Programmes.

A s one of the most prestigious universities in the UK, the University of London is recognised worldwide for its high academic standards. For this reason, a degree from the University of London is a guaranteed mark of excellence.

The University of London International Programmes bring a world of learning to your doorstep, enabling you to gain a prestigious qualification via independent study or with the help of a local teaching institution.

Through the years, the University of London International Programmes at SIM GE have produced over 29,300 graduates, one of whom is Economics and Finance undergraduate Raphael Ng.

High Quality Teaching

The University of London International Programmes offer undergraduate degrees in a broad array of subjects. The courses in accounting, banking, finance, economics, management, and the social sciences receive academic direction from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). These programmes aim to mould students into business specialists with a global perspective. Students get to experience world-class teaching and a well-structured curriculum, which help to hone their critical, creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Given the academic rigour of the University of London programmes, students require a high level of self-motivation to excel. Thankfully, the journey is made easier with support from highly motivated and helpful lecturers. “Our lecturers are always willing to go the extra mile, and even offer additional classes and consultations if you require assistance. They are also very willing to share their knowledge with students. In addition, lecturers from LSE often visit SIM GE to provide students with foundation and revision lectures,” shares Raphael.

Raphael Ng Jer Hou

Raphael Ng Jer Hou
London School of Economics (LSE) Summer School Scholarship recipient

SIM GE Scholarship recipient

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics and Finance student at University of London International Programmes, SIM Global Education

“Our lecturers are always willing to go the extra mile, and even offer additional classes and consultations if you require assistance.”

Become Globally Competitive

True to its mission of nurturing talented students for a globalised world, SIM GE works alongside UOL to develop and inspire students beyond the classroom. For instance, the SIM Global Learning Summer Abroad Programme enables students to gain exposure to different education systems at their awarding institutions.

As part of the University of London curriculum, Raphael had the opportunity to spend his first semester break at the LSE Summer School. He was sponsored by the LSE Summer School Scholarship – a small number of which are made available to University of London students at SIM GE.

Located in the heart of Central London, the LSE Summer School offers over 70 three-week courses taught by LSE’s world-renowned faculty. There, Raphael was introduced to Political Theory and International Relations through engaging lectures and tutorials. He particularly enjoyed the regular group discussions, which encouraged students to relate the issues and topics learnt to the real world.

“We become more open to and appreciative of new perspectives and cultures. This further instils a global mind-set, which can help one excel in their future careers. Willingness to accept and incorporate contrasting ideas is often a desirable trait that employers look out for in prospective candidates,” says Raphael.

Additionally, Raphael was involved in the esteemed Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN). Held in downtown Boston and attracting nearly 3,000 students from across the globe, the HNMUN aims to promote debate and discussion on important world issues.

Raphael was joined by fellow SIM GE undergraduates, five of whom hail from the University of London International Programmes. Besides interacting with international delegates, Raphael got to learn more about the intricacies of strategic planning and diplomacy. The whole experience was made possible with the support of UOL and SIM GE, which had provided Raphael and his team with financial aid and a rigorous training programme.

“Our experiences at the HNMUN have served to enrich our undergraduate experience. We had the opportunity to step out of the lecture halls and embark on a learning journey that is truly global. These international experiences have also motivated me to seek out new challenges and experiences. Overall, I believe that they have injected a uniquely global experience into my undergraduate journey,” says Raphael.

Boosting Career Prospects

Pursuing a University of London degree gives you a competitive edge when you step into the working world. University of London programmes not only give you in-depth knowledge, but they also instil valuable workplace attributes, such as analytical thinking, communication skills, and a global outlook.

A University of London qualification opens doors to top jobs, and graduates often launch their careers at renowned local and international organisations. In fact, Raphael will soon join a multinational banking and financial services company, which is also where he undertook his undergraduate internship.

During his 10-week internship, which was facilitated by the University of London, Raphael was assigned to the Operations department. He was involved in compliance work and had the opportunity to interact with employees from Australia, New Zealand, and the US. Raphael quips, “The department’s fast-paced environment encouraged me to be more alert and efficient!”

An Enriching Journey

While the University of London curriculum has the intensity you would expect of a world-class degree, it certainly provides students with the flexibility to pursue personal interests and extra-curricular activities. Raphael was actively involved in a variety of activities as the Vice President of the SIM Economics Society, and Chairperson of the SIM GE Scholars’ Network.

For those looking to pursue a University of London degree in Singapore, Raphael advises them to actively seek opportunities outside of the classroom. He enthuses, “Never be afraid to take on new roles. Do away with the ‘what ifs’ and embrace the ‘why nots’. Be proactive in your own learning, and take ownership of your university experience!”