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The Changing Role of Education in Economic Development: An Analysis of the Role of the State in Singapore’s Education System

Zhesu Wang


After Singapore’s independence in 1965, the country successfully transformed itself from a developing country
to a knowledge-based economy. Singapore has since achieved outstanding economic and academic performances in the
following five decades. This paper analyses the relationship between education and economic development in Singapore.
It will also look at the role of education from 1965 (Independence) to 1989, and then 1990 onward as it aims to analyse how
Singapore’s developmental state used education to promote economic development as the country develops.


Developmental State; Role of Education in Economy; Singapore Education System; Education Reforms

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v5i7.3805