NIE Director is First Singaporean for Highest Medal of Honour

NIE Director is First Singaporean for Highest Medal of Honour

Date
Thursday, 23 May 2013

Teachers College's Doctoral Hooding Ceremony: 22 May 2013, 2.00 pm (GMT 12 hours) at 1047 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10025, United States 

The National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore is pleased to announce that Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, USA will bestow the College’s Medal for Distinguished Service, to NIE Director, Professor Lee Sing Kong at its Doctoral Hooding Ceremony on 22 May 2013 at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, Manhattan, New York, USA.

This is the highest honour awarded from the prestigious Teachers College. Past recipients of the Medal include Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Madam Hao Ke-Ming, one of the leading architects of China’s education system; Dr Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Professor William Bowen, past President of Princeton University and President Emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is not the first time that Prof Lee is receiving a medal of high honour. On 10 December 2011, Prof Lee was awarded the Medal of Honour for the Cause of Education in Vietnam at a national conference on to mark the success of its National Training Programme for School Principals. It was awarded by Vietnam’s Vice Minister of Education and Training, Professor Bui Van Ga. On 12 March 2013, Prof Lee received the NTU Nanyang Award 2012 for Service from NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson.

His other accolades also include the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) (1981), Save Planet Earth Merit Award (1992), Asian Innovation Award (Bronze) (1998), Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (1999), National Technology Award 2000, Urban Agriculture Award 2000, Excellence for Singapore Award 2001, Singapore Innovation Award 2001, Public Administration Medal (Silver) (2004), Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Biology (2005), NUS Distinguished Alumni in Science Award (2009) and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) (2011).

NIE, Singapore and TC, USA have shared a long-standing relationship in both research experience and academic resources. At the end of this year, the two institutes look forward to celebrating the inaugural cohort of 16 professionals from the NIE-TC Joint Master of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change (MALEC) programme. This course provides an equal sharing of academic resources from TC and NIE respectively and continues to draw much interest including an international student from Nepal and 4 professionals who are on MOE scholarship in its pioneer class.

For Prof Lee, this is also a momentous occasion as an alumnus of Teachers College.

NIE Director, Professor Lee Sing Kong adds: “I am deeply honoured and touched with the presentation of the award but more importantly, I have been blessed with a team of dedicated colleagues that share the same vision on the importance of education in laying the foundation for sustaining and enhancing the quality of future lives for the generations to come.

As Sir Winston Churchill rightly puts it, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Please refer to Annexe A for the Fact Sheet.

Media Coverage

23 May 2013

Channel NewsAsia (Online): NIE Director first S'porean to receive highest award from Teachers College

938 Live (Radio and Online): NIE Director is first Singaporean to receive highest medal of honour from Teachers College

Capital Radio 958 (Radio and Online): NIE Director is first Singaporean to receive highest medal of honour from Teachers College

The Straits Times (Home, Page B3): NIE Director given award by US College

25 May 2013

Lianhe Zaobao (Page 13), 25 May 2013: NIE Director is first Singaporean to receive highest medal of honour from Teachers College

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