Accreditation Agencies for Higher Education

Singapore education is recognised and honoured all around as the calibre of the education provided is maintained and checked by several accreditation bodies. These accreditation bodies’ works to ensure that the education imparted to the students meet the set standards, thereby adding value to the degree obtained. Students should make certain to check the accreditation to ensure the quality of the education.
To accredit a course or an educational institution, the Singapore government has formed various accreditation agencies which are mostly administered by the Ministry of education (MoE) or Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING) Singapore.
Higher Education Accreditation bodies are as follows:

Higher Education Division

The Higher Education Division (HED), comes under the MoE, supervises and manages the delivery of quality tertiary and technical education in Singapore as well as registration of private schools. The HED oversees nine statutory boards — five Polytechnics, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), the Science Centre Singapore (SCS), the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and the Council for Private Education. HED also oversees the development of four autonomous universities, i.e. the National University of Singapore, the Nanyang Technological University, the Singapore Management University and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. It also manages the provision of publicly-subsidized places in the following institutions: SIM University, Singapore Institute of Technology, LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organizations (SQC-PEO)

The Singapore Quality Class (SQC) for Private Education Organisations, administered by SPIRNG Singapore, is a scheme to acknowledge PEOs that have achieved a laudable level of performance in their journey to business excellence and to help them attain best standards of business excellence. The SQC-PEO is grounded along the Singapore Quality Award Business Excellence Framework and requirements in the private education sector. It serves as the industry standard for organizational excellence in the private education sector.

Council for Private education (CPE)

The Council for Private Education (CPE), established under the Private Education Act, is a statutory board empowered with the legislative power to regulate the private education sector.  In addition to its role as the sectoral regulator of Private Education Institutions (PEIs), the Council facilitates capability development efforts to uplift standards in the local private education industry. The Council is comprised of the experienced individuals from the fields of education, quality assurance and business, as well as economic agencies involved in the advancement of the private education sector. 

Contact Details of Accreditation Authorities

Ministry of Education- Higher Education Division

1 North Buona Vista Drive
Tel No.: 65 6872 2220
Fax: 65 6775 5826

Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organizations (SQC- PEO)


Council for Private education (CPE)

Council for Private Education
2 Bukit Merah Central #01-05
Singapore 159835
Tel No. : (65) 6499 0300
Fax:  (65) 6275 1396
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