Ms Eng Su Ting may have just started her studies in Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in Business with Law last October at Kaplan. But she already likes what she’s learning.

“Business studies has always been my interest. Exploring business law lets me delve deeper into this,” said the 21-year-old.

The Republic Polytechnic graduate holds a diploma in Business Applications, which provides her with a foundation in business studies, and exempts her from the first academic year of Kaplan’s full-time degree programme. This will enable her to graduate with an honours degree in one-and-a-half years.

Currently in her second term, Ms Eng finds that the knowledge she’s acquiring helps her to understand and execute the procurement process — an area she feels is useful and essential to businesses.

“It has always been my interest to learn how contracts are agreed upon and drawn up,” she said.

Economics is a module that complements Ms Eng’s interest in business law. She enjoys learning how businesses and governments handle market forces within the policies that have been set.

“When an organisation expands its operations into a foreign market, it needs to know how to penetrate the market, and comply with the country’s law,” she said.

Kaplan’s extensive links to United Kingdom-based universities influenced Ms Eng’s decision. She feels that since Singapore’s education system is adapted from the UK’s, choosing a UK university — in her case, University College Dublin (UCD) — would offer continuity and familiarity.

Moreover, Kaplan offered her more options as it collaborates with several private education institutions that offer business studies, she said.

Ms Eng also discovered the education methodology for UCD is done through group discussions, and the topics discussed are deep and intellectual.

Ms Eng doesn’t feel that graduating in 18 months makes for a harried student life. She says the course duration is similar to local universities’, except that the study breaks and school holidays are omitted.

“Private students like me just have to be more focused. We don’t have a lot of time to prepare for our examinations,”she said.

Not that Ms Eng minds as she prefers to obtain her degree quickly. She is one year from graduating, but she is already thinking of furthering her law studies and practising it.

“Otherwise, a procurement job or a position that requires the knowledge of business law, like drawing up contracts, is also good,” she said.

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Article by Khoo Bee Khim
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