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CATS Recruit Scholarship & Top University Fair sees thousands of aspiring scholars

This year’s exhibition sees an increase in the popularity of universities in the United Kingdom 

Singapore, 24 July 2012 –
 More than 20,000 prospective students, scholars and their parents made inquiries to 38 leading universities and 12 scholarship boards of premium employers at the Singapore Press Holdings' CATS Recruit Scholarship & Top University Fair 2012 held at Suntec Singapore on 22 July.

Miss Nguyen Dac Tri Toan, an A*STAR scholar at Raffles Institution (RI), said: “While the United States (US) has a wider array of courses, the United Kingdom (UK) is more similar to Singapore in terms of the education system and culture.” 

Miss Alexis Ku Shi Ying, from Singapore Polytechnic, said: “The US culture may be too mainstream and open. I prefer studying in the UK or even Germany as the culture is more conservative.” 

Representatives from universities and scholarship boards participating in the exhibition received a good mix of local and foreign visitors, all enthusiastic and eager to get into the best programmes possible. 

Mr Alwyn Loh, Alumni of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri USA, said: “The first question we are usually asked is, 'Do you offer scholarships?', and if the answer is yes, it is quickly followed by 'What kind?'. We are seeing high demand for full-ride scholarships as opposed to just partial ones or financial aid.”

The representatives at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) exhibition booth also purported that many were keen on not just the scholarships, but the industrial attachment programmes that were on offer as well. 

Besides checking out the wide array of academic and scholarship programmes exhibited, visitors were also introduced to various study loan options by RHB Bank.

The scholarship exhibition is held annually by CATS Classified to give scholarship boards from a wide spectrum of employers an opportunity to connect face-to-face with top students seeking university scholarships. Besides providing advertisers with an additional platform for branding and exposure, it also gives members of the public a convenient venue where they can have an appreciation of academic programmes offered by leading universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

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In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

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Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 330 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp,, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.


SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss 92 and HOT FM91.3 in English.

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SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.


SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.