Economic Society of Singapore

Is Our Educational System Able To Meet The Challenges Of Globalisation?

MAS-ESS Essay Competition 2004/2005
“Is our Education System able to meet the Challenges of Globalization?”

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Economic Society of Singapore (ESS) invite entries for the MAS-ESS Economics Essay Competition 2004. Held annually, the Essay Competition seeks to promote economic literacy and encourage a wider debate on economic policy and financial issues in Singapore.

Competition Criteria

This year, the Competition is open to all students studying in Singapore and all Singaporeans studying abroad. There are two categories of entries. The Pre-University category admits submissions from Polytechnic, Centralised Institute and Junior College students, as well as from national servicemen (NSF). The University category admits submissions from students pursuing higher education full-time, including university, Master’s and PhD students.

All entrants must comply with the Terms and Conditions of the Competition. The Competition will run for about three months beginning 14th October 2004. All essays must be accompanied by a completed entry form and a 300-word summary, which must be received no later than 15th January 2005.


The following awards will be given to the winning essays:

University Category Pre-University Category
First Prize
Second Prize
Third Prize

The winning essays will be selected by a panel of judges comprising representatives from the ESS, MAS, private sector and government ministries.

Essay Title

The title of the essay for 2004 (in both the Pre-University and University categories) is “Is Our Education System Able to Meet the Challenges of Globalisation?” Essays should provide an in-depth assessment of Singapore’s education system against a backdrop of rapid globalisation. In particular, essays should examine the recent changes in our education system and discuss whether these changes would enable us to meet the challenges and opportunities posed by an increasingly integrated and competitive world. Essays should also provide proposals, where applicable, as to how we should further refine our education system going forward.

To access the full Terms and Conditions pertaining to the Competition, click here.

Entry Forms and Submission

Entry Forms for both Pre-University and University Categories are available for download on this website. Entries can be submitted online. For online submission, click here.

Download Entry Form for Pre-University Category

Download Entry Form for University Category