Singapore to recognise University of Sydney qualifications under new trade agreement

6 May 2016

Further qualifications from the University Sydney will be recognised by Singapore, following a new agreement announced by the Australian and Singaporean governments today.

With the Third Review of the 2003 Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) now substantially concluded, a range of measures to further cooperation and economic integration between the two countries – including on education – come into effect.

As a result, Singapore will now recognise the University of Sydney’s Juris Doctor (JD) degree, with undergraduate law degrees currently recognised under SAFTA, as well as its Master of Physiotherapy and Master of Occupational Therapy.

University of Sydney Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) Professor Tyrone Carlin said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this agreement, and appreciate the recognition of our degrees by Singapore.

“It offers real job security for students from Singapore studying Law at the University of Sydney, knowing they can go home and their educational achievements will be valued.”
University of Sydney Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Registrar) Professor Tyrone Carlin

The University also sees opportunity to further its ties with Singapore, given a new Memorandum of Understanding on innovation and science engagement to build stronger links and support learning and economic growth in both countries.

“The University of Sydney has a world-renowned reputation in the areas of science and innovation, and believes there is great potential for further recognition in the future.” Professor Carlin said.

He also acknowledged the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) throughout the negotiations.

“I thank DFAT for consulting with the university sector during the process, and understanding the importance of qualification recognition in these and hopefully future trade negotiations,” Professor Carlin said.

“In particular, I congratulate Special Envoy for Trade, Andrew Robb, who has been instrumental in achieving this outcome.”

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