Choosing a master's program in Asia


    We continue to publish articles on master's programs abroad. Today we will focus on studying in Asia . More recently, this direction was not so popular, but now quite a large number of students choose Asian universities. Recall that in a previous article we discussed graduate studies in Europe and the USA.

    Recently, there has been a steady trend towards improving the quality of educational services provided by Asian universities, which often compete with leaders in higher education in the United States of America and Europe. To a large extent, this is facilitated by an increase in investments in education and scientific research, which are carried out here.

    The following advantages of education in most Asian countries can be distinguished:

    • international training standards;

    • high academic reputation of Asian universities;

    • access to education and accommodation;

    • developed infrastructure;

    • simple immigration rules;

    • comfortable climatic conditions;

    • the possibility of developing a different culture;

    • development of language competencies;

    • acquisition of the ability to work in international teams;

    • integration into the foreign scientific and business environment;

    • globalization of professional ties and contacts.


    Japan ranks third in the world in scientific finance and is a leader in the field of basic scientific research, especially in the field of high technology, biomedicine and robotics. Among the Japanese, 13 Nobel laureates. The Ministry of Education is pursuing a policy aimed at increasing the number of foreign students at universities in the country up to 300 thousand students. To this end, the state simplifies visa procedures, improves student living conditions, attracts people wishing to study the Japanese language to the country, and also helps foreign graduates of Japanese universities in finding work.

    Requirements for future students in different universities may vary. Sometimes it is required to pass a national unified exam or pass entrance tests. A prerequisite for all international students is the availability of a certificate of passing the qualification exam in the Japanese language.

    University of Tokyo(Tokyo University, Japan) is one of the leading universities in Japan and the Asian world, prominent political and public figures, scientists, among them fifteen prime ministers of Japan, became its graduates. Today, about thirty thousand students are studying in it, receiving a bachelor's or master's level. Research laboratories of the university conduct research on space topics or seismology issues. Tokyo University is considered one of the most prestigious universities in many areas. Among its competitors are other universities, which before the war were part of the Imperial Universities, in particular Kyoto University.

    Kyoto University(Kyoto University, Japan) is known as the alma mater of the first Nobel laureate Hideki Yukawa, who conducted research in the field of physics. In the future, four graduates were also awarded the outstanding laureate title. Thanks to a powerful scientific and teaching base, the university has developed and implemented popular master's programs, which can significantly improve the level of knowledge in the field of exact sciences and acquire the most important professional skills.

    Osaka University (Osaka University, Japan) was established in 1724. The educational brand combines two hospitals, five research institutes and twenty-seven schools. Twenty-four thousand students study at the university.



    The Singapore education system is recognized as one of the most effective in the world. It is significant that Singapore schoolchildren and students are winners of many subject Olympiads. In addition to Singaporean universities, more than a dozen leading world universities have opened branches in this city-state. The government provides billions of financial investments in the development of the educational sphere.

    The advantages of studying in Singapore are obvious: studying in English, the British education system, world-class education standards that meet the requirements of the modern economy, safety and a high quality of life. Singapore inherited a 12-year secondary education system from the British, so applicants with a diploma of completing 11th grade need to go through a preparatory program or study one course at a Russian university and provide the results of an English proficiency test ( IELTS or TOEFL). Upon admission to the National University of Singapore, you will need to undergo testing.

    National University of Singapore(National University of Singapore, Singapore), which was established in 1905. It is the largest university in the country both in terms of student numbers and study programs. Currently, the educational institution implements world standards in the field of higher education, paying special attention to the issues of the Asian world. The university has fourteen faculties that offer a wide selection of programs.

    Education at NUS is based on a modular system. This system includes features of the British system, such as small groups of students in training, and features of the American system of loans. Students can choose between different faculties for the first two semesters. It is also possible to study under the dual bachelor's program: bachelor of art, social sciences and technology; Bachelor of Arts, Social Sciences and Law, Bachelor of Business and Technology, and Bachelor of Business and Law.

    Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is Singapore's premier technology university. It offers a wide selection of technological and economic disciplines. NTU is a founding member of the World Union of Technology Universities.

    Its main campus and garden (Yunnan Garden campus) occupies 200 hectares in the southwest of the island. This is Singapore's largest campus with 16 student housing and a doctoral student lounge. NTU became the Olympic Village for the first Singapore Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

    South Korea

    The country is one of the world leaders in the number of students among the population. South Korea is currently undergoing a large-scale reform aimed at improving the quality of higher education. In order to attract foreign students, the government has developed a Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) scholarship program aimed at supporting foreign students studying in Korea.

    Universities organize exchange programs with foreign educational institutions, hire foreign professors in order to increase the "internationality coefficient" and rise in international university ratings.

    In some private universities in South Korea, applicants only need to show a Russian diploma of secondary education and the results of tests for knowledge of the English language ( IELTS orTOEFL ). For admission to state universities, foreign applicants pass a single exam along with the citizens of the country and the TOPIK test (Test of Proficiency in Korean). Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (

    KAIST ) is South Korea’s leading academic and research university located in Daejeon. It was founded by the Korean government in 1971 as the first national scientific, research and technical institute.

    Since 1971, KAIST has been funded by the state. Initially, the institution was staffed by a significant number of talented engineers and scientists who were educated in the United States. From the very beginning, emphasis was placed on theoretical and applied research. KAIST is now the main center for strategic research projects in South Korea. Approximately 400 university professors conduct research in collaboration with educational and industrial organizations from around the world. KAIST offers scholarships and support to international students.

    Seoul National University(Seoul National University, SNU) is the largest and most famous university in South Korea located in Seoul. The university retained its base after the devastating events of the Korean War, today it is building up its scientific, personnel and technical potential. The structure of a higher educational institution combines several areas that allow you to choose one of the master's programs. Twenty-six thousand students study at the university.


    The Chinese government is very seriously and systematically working on the prestige of Chinese education: universities receive huge budgets for equipping the technical and administrative base, for research and for inviting foreign specialists. For example, Peking University’s budget is comparable to that of Harvard. A large number of scholarships are allocated for foreign students, especially for training programs for teachers of Chinese as a foreign language.

    Separately from mainland China, it is worth noting the universities of Hong Kong, where the colonial influence of Britain has left the inheritance of the popularity of the English language, so many courses are taught in English, which attracts foreign students. Five out of nine universities in Hong Kong are on the list of 200 of the best universities in the world.

    In order for you to be accepted for a bachelor's program at a state university in China, you need knowledge of the Chinese language, which is confirmed by an HSK certificate (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi), with the exception of English-language programs. Some of the most prestigious universities additionally require entrance exams. Everyone can enter the language courses, no special requirements are required except for reaching the age of 18 and graduating from high school.

    Peking University(Peking University) - also known under the abbreviated name "Beida" - founded in 1898, the largest university in China, one of the oldest universities in the country. Its structure includes 30 colleges and 12 faculties. Training is underway in 93 bachelor's, 199 master's and 173 doctoral specialties. The university has 216 research institutes, two engineering research centers have the status of a nationwide. The local library has more than eight million books and 10 thousand titles of Chinese and foreign magazines. The total area of ​​book storage facilities and reading rooms exceeds 50 thousand square meters - this is the largest library in Asia.

    In terms of the number of professors, scientific advisers of doctoral students, academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Engineering and Technical Sciences, and, in fact, the students themselves (there are more than 35,000 of them), Peking University takes first place in the country.

    A large number of foreign students are also studying here. About two thousand foreigners are constantly placed on the campus. 40 percent of them are Koreans, the remaining 60 are citizens of Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.

    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology(Hong Kong University of Science and Technology or HKUST) is a public research university located in Hong Kong. Founded in 1991, consists of four schools that provide a bachelor's degree in business, engineering, social and humanities. According to various ratings, it is one of the three leading universities in the city, as well as one of the best universities in China and Asia.

    Hong Kong University specializes in research in biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, environmental protection and materials science.

    The School of Sciences operates the Biotechnology Research Institute, the Central Laboratory for Biological Sciences, the William Mong Institute of Nanotechnology and Science, the Materials Characterization and Preparation Center, the research farm and the Botanical Garden. The School of Engineering manages a geotechnical centrifuge, an Innovation Laboratory (a joint project of the university and Huawei), a Key Information Technology Laboratory (a joint project of the University, the Ministry of Education of China and Microsoft), a center for global and social commitment (supports the university's robotics team).

    Today, China is doing everything possible to become one of the leaders, increasing the pace of development in the educational sphere.

    Qinhua University(Tsinghua University, China) was opened in 1911, now it has a highly qualified teaching staff that has its own achievements, which have gained fame in the scientific world. Twenty-eight thousand students study at the university, including foreign citizens who are studying under the undergraduate and graduate programs. In 1952, the university was transformed: the law, agricultural, sociological and humanitarian faculties were withdrawn from its structure and Tsinghua remained a purely technical university. However, by the end of the 1970s, the educational institution restored its multidisciplinary nature. Currently, in most rankings, Tsinghua is called the number 1 university in China.

    The list of Asian universities is extensive, we recommend viewing the special QS University Rankings: Asia 2014 ranking .

    The possibilities of the master's programs offered by leading world universities make it possible to gain a stable position in the modern employment market, given the increased requirements for the educational level for individual professions, which include medicine, statistics, psychology and others. The advantages of obtaining a master's degree are also a salary increase, professional development, which is an extremely attractive factor for serious employers.

    The presence of a master’s education and the right choice of the appropriate program will expand the scope of communication in the professional sphere, creating new successful contacts that contribute to self-realization and the search for the ideal way to be of maximum benefit to society.

    We hope that our article was interesting and useful to you. Stay tuned for the following posts .

    The author of the article is Vyacheslav Davidenko, founder of MBA Consult

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