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Issue No. 14 9 - 15 Apr 2012
Announcement: Increase in BGST Course Fees
With effect from July 1st 2012, BGST will be raising its course fees from $125 per credit to $150 per credit. The new fees will be:
  • 1.5-credit course: $225 (for credit) $157.50 (by audit)
  • 3-credit course: $450.00 (for credit) $315.00 (by audit)

This new rate will apply to all courses offered in the academic year 2012-2013. There will be no ‘early bird’ discount.

The reasons for the increase are as follows:

  1. At present income from course fees covers less than 20% of BGST’s running costs. That is, more than 80% of the present cost of our students’ education is in effect subsidized by being supplied from other sources, mainly donations. One way to rectify this situation is of course by raising enrolment, and we will continue to pursue steps to that end; but it is also necessary periodically to raise course fees in line with BGST’s running costs. In general theological education in Singapore is very cheap when compared that offered in universities and theological colleges in Europe and North America.

  2. We offer a flexible theological education. All our courses are scheduled either in the evenings or at weekends, to cater for the majority of our students, who study part-time, usually because they work during the day. Students can complete our programmes at their own pace, and do not have to take a fixed number of courses per year, as in most theological schools. But this flexibility means that we cannot rely on a fixed cadre of students for each of our courses, which in turn means that some of our courses (especially required courses, which we have to run periodically) have rather low numbers, and bring in correspondingly low revenue.

  3. Because most of our students take only a few (2–3) courses a year, usually 6–9 credits’ worth, the increase will only cost them between $150 and $225 a year extra. We believe that most of our students are well able to bear this increase.

  4. BGST does, however, have funds available to support programme students who find difficulty in paying their course fees. These funds are open to any student registered for a BGST programme (DipCS, MCS, MDiv) who has completed at least two courses at BGST (with grades). Any student who requires such assistance should write to the Provost, Mr Steven Lee, giving: (1) names and dates of courses for which they require assistance; (2) a brief statement of their financial situation. Financial assistance is given at the discretion of the Provost. Terms and conditions apply This assistance will be available for all courses beginning July 2012 or later.

We would rather it were not necessary to raise fees. Rest assured, we have not taken this step hastily or without serious consideration and prayer. We hope for your kind understanding.

Yours in Christ,

Philip Satterthwaite
(Principal, BGST)

Chapel in the City

BGST Chapel in the City @ Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church
Every 5th Wednesday in the month
12 noon to 1 pm

Chapel in the city
Chapel News
There will be time of prayer on 18 April 2012. Chapel begins at 12 pm. You are welcome to join us.
Preliminary Course List for 2012-2013 Semester 1

For more information on the Preliminary Course List, please visit our website:
http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2012-2013-sem1.pdf

Faculty News

Dr Philip Satterthwaite will be preaching at the 8.00am, 8.45am, 11.00am services of Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church, 15 April 2012. The topic is " Wealth, Faithfulness and the Judgment of God” (Luke 16:1-17:10).

Mr Quek Tze-Ming will be preaching at the 11.00am service of Mount Hermon BP Church on 15 April 2012. The Topic is “What difference has the Resurrection made ?” (John 21:1-19).

From 16 to 20 April, Dr Clive Lim, Dr Philip Satterthwaite and Mr Steven Lee will be attending the Overseas Council International Institute of Excellence Programme in Hong Kong. The programme this year focuses on the themes of Financial Sustainability and Institutional Changes in Theological Schools. Please pray that the BGST delegates will gain many helpful insights from programme, which will help advance the work of BGST.

Announcements
BGST Library and Book Corner will be closed on Sat, 14 April for a Council and Staff Get-together. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Course Commencing in Term 4, 2011-2012

Old Testament

Ezekiel (OT367, 1.5cr); (Group Tutorial)
by Dr Daniel Block / Tutor: Dr Andrew Lee
Apr 13, 20, 27, May 4; (Fri, 7.15-9.15pm)
Venue: BGST Clarus Centre

 

For more information, please visit our website:
http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events

37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Block B, Clarus Centre, S(577177).
Tel: 6227-6815 Fax: 6255-3686 Email: inquiry@bgst.edu.sg
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