A new study found that Singaporeans tend to be less academically-minded and more concerned about their well-being than the population as a whole.
The study, by the Centre for Strategic Communication, looked at how Singaporeans’ attitudes towards their lives differed from the national average, with students in the country’s universities more concerned with their academics than the general population.
The results showed that Singapore was in fact one of the most educated countries in the world, but the researchers also found that students in universities tended to be more focused on their careers and work than the public at large.
The research was published on the Centre’s website, titled The Role of Education and the University in Singapore.
Professor Teng-Ching Cheng, who led the study, said Singaporeans tended to see themselves as “the best and brightest” but were also concerned about the environment and their own wellbeing.
“There’s a big difference between being a good academic and having a life of comfort and security,” Professor Cheng said.
“We’re often thinking of academics as the brightest, the smartest, the most highly educated in the society but in reality there are many who are not.”
She said the results of the study showed that the “students in universities are concerned with academic achievement, but they also have an awareness of their well being, the impact of their work, their impact on the environment, and the quality of their life”.
“This is reflected in their responses to their personal lives, their wellbeing and their relationship with their families,” Professor Chang said.’
They’re not just doing their homework’The study revealed that students were also more likely to feel guilty about their behaviour, which included smoking, drinking and drug use.
The average Singaporean smoker had a higher rate of binge drinking, while those who smoked a lot were more likely than non-smokers to drink alcohol.
Professor Cheng said that students often saw themselves as a “good academic” but felt they were not doing their “homework” to be successful.
“They think they’re doing their academic work and they’re not doing it,” she said.
“They’re just doing what they want to do and they don’t feel the need to do the work.”
Professor Cheng’s study also found students were more interested in their careers than their careers in general.
“People in the middle of their career are really worried about their future, and students in their twenties are really anxious about their career,” she added.
“And then they think, ‘I’m going to do it and I’m going the university but I’m not going to get a degree’.”
The research also found Singaporeans were more worried about the impact their work had on the global economy than the rest of the population.
“It’s a huge challenge to be an academic in the global economic and political environment,” Professor Chin said.
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