The dynamic lion's head with its flowing mane symbolises the waves of change, and a purposeful, forward movement in the direction of change and the future. The solid, stable blue background of the shield symbolises our awareness, at the same time, of heritage and tradition.
The lion, besides being Singapore's national symbol, represents not only those qualities traditionally associated with this noble creature, but also our status as the national institute of education, while both the lion and the shield connect us symbolically with our parent university, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
The visually vibrant primary colours of blue, red and golden yellow reflect the red and gold of the NTU logo, connect the new with the blue and red of our old NIE logo and the red of our national flag.
The three flowing waves of the lion's mane also represent the tripartite relationship that NIE has with the Ministry of Education (and thus also with the nation's schools) and the University in our shared pursuit of educational excellence for Singapore, which for us means achievement of distinction in teacher education in the three areas of teaching, learning and research.