Frequently Asked Questions
Does MDIS have any other campuses in the region?
MDIS Tashkent, our first overseas campus, and an institution of choice for students in Uzbekistan, Central Asia marked its 13th Anniversary in 2020 demonstrating its strong and successful ties with MDIS. It has also been officially recognised as a university by the government of Uzbekistan.
MDIS Tashkent operations started in the Year 2008. From the initial batch of 240, it now has more than 4,500 students from all regions of Uzbekistan studying at MDIS Tashkent, including international students from South Korea, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. It also celebrated its eighth graduation ceremony with about 740 graduates in October 2020 and has more than 3,800 global alumni to date. MDIS Tashkent offers 17 postgraduate and degree programmes in collaboration with the University of Sunderland, Bangor University and Teesside University.
In September 2013, Kolej MDIS Malaysia became the second overseas campus of MDIS and it offers courses in Business, Finance, Banking and Accounting, Tourism and Hospitality, Mass Communication, Information Technology and Digital Media. All courses have already received accreditation from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
During the construction of Kolej MDIS Malaysia's brand new campus at EduCity, Iskandar Puteri in September 2013, the Kolej had been operating from its City Campus, City Square, Johor since 2014 offering a whole array of courses from Business, Finance, Banking and Accounting, Tourism and Hospitality, Mass Communication, Information Technology and Digital Media and all courses have received accreditation from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
After six years of successful operations at the City Campus, Johor Bahru City Square, Kolej MDIS Malaysia has now relocated to its very own 30-acre modern campus at EduCity in Iskandar Puteri, Johor on 17 March 2021. The move from the City Campus to the new sprawling Campus at EduCity, Iskandar Puteri will offer students a vibrant and exciting campus life, underpinned by a host of specialised academic programmes to further their academic progression.
What quality certifications does MDIS have?
MDIS is committed to delivering high quality education by working hand-in-hand with its recognised university partners. In addition to being certified to ISO 9001:2015 standards, MDIS is EduTrust certified, attesting to its exemplary education and business excellence standards. The institute was first awarded the certification in 2010 – subsequently renewed for four years in 2014 and 2018. MDIS was also one of the first Private Education Institutions (PEIs) to be registered under the Enhanced Registration Framework.
The institute also achieved a double win at the Singapore Prestige Brand Award (SPBA); it was one of four winners as well as the overall winner of the SPBA - Heritage Brands 2018. In 2017, MDIS was ranked 4th for the Enterprise 50 Award for its contributions in spurring Singapore’s economy. In 2019, MDIS had successfully transited from Singapore Service Class to Singapore Quality Class (Service) and is honoured to be one of the winners for the Corporate Merit Award at the Biennial Singapore Health Award.
If I study with MDIS, will my degree be recognised?
As students studying with MDIS are assessed by the partner university’s staff and faculty, the degrees that students at MDIS will receive are identical to the ones that on-campus students at the partner universities will receive.
Who issues my degree certificate?
MDIS’ university partners are involved in the teaching, assessment and certification of MDIS students at a degree level or higher. The certificate you receive at the end of your degree programme will therefore be identical to the ones that on-campus students at the same partner university will receive.
In addition, six UK partner universities of MDIS, Bangor University, Edinburgh Napier University, Northumbria University, University of Roehampton, University of Portsmouth, University of Sunderland and Teesside University have gained accreditation by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China for all programmes delivered in Singapore at MDIS.
For more information, visit http://zwfw.cscse.edu.cn/cscse/lxfwzxwsfwdt2020/xlxwrz32/tzgg61/410719/index.html
Who governs and manages MDIS?
As Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit educational institute, MDIS is governed and managed by an elected Governing Council that serves on a voluntary basis. The Governing Council is further supported by a strong management team with numerous years of professional management experience under their belt.
What does being a “not-for-profit organisation” mean?
In contrast with for-profit educational institutes, every dollar that MDIS makes is channelled back into the institute to further its organisational objectives: namely, to become Singapore’s leading provider of lifelong learning. All profits and surpluses are therefore re-invested into the organisation to pay for staff salaries, infrastructure improvement projects, and into the further improvement and development of its programmes.
Additionally, as a way of giving back to the community that has helped nurtured it over the years, MDIS also sets aside a portion of its annual surplus for scholarships and other community service projects.
If a student has financial difficulties, where can they go?
MDIS is strategically allied with TCC Credit Co-Operative Limited, another not-for-profit organisation that aims to give its members access to loans at reasonable interest rates. MDIS students are eligible for preferential education loan rates with TCC Credit Co-operative Limited.
For more information, please visit https://www.tcc.org.sg/education-loan-overseas-local
How qualified will my lecturers be?
All of MDIS’ lecturers are screened by the university partner before being allowed to teach, and must either possess a PhD, Doctorate qualification or a Master's degree to teach a degree programme, or a Bachelor’s Degree or higher to teach a International Foundation Diploma or Diploma programme. Most teaching staff at MDIS also tend to have a wide base of relevant industry experience that they can draw on, thus ensuring that their lessons are both up-to-date and relevant.