NIE Launches Singapore's First Joint Master's Degree for Education Leaders with Teachers College, Columbia University, USA

NIE Launches Singapore's First Joint Master's Degree for Education Leaders with Teachers College, Columbia University, USA

Date
Friday, 03 February 2012

Education professionals who want to be global leaders in the field can now boost their leadership and research experience with an innovative programme that brings new vision to leadership in the Master of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change (MALEC).

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore and Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, USA in June 2008, which initiated a further strengthening of long term inter-institutional collaborations. The flagship MALEC will see a merging of leading academic resources from NIE and TC, to launch this 12-month programme in Singapore that is focused on developing education leaders in the dual areas of organisational and curriculum leadership. The degree certificate will be jointly awarded by the parent universities of NIE and TC, Nanyang Technological University and Columbia University. The crests of both universities will appear on the degree certificate received by graduands of the programme.

NIE Director, Professor Lee Sing Kong, says, “The programme has introduced a growing cross-pollination of knowledge expertise, research endeavours and resources between NIE and Teachers College. The flourishing of this partnership will result in a new generation of educators and educational leaders re-envisioned for the 21st century. They will also have a dynamic understanding of cross-cultural contexts, curriculum development and school policy-making endeavours on a regional scope that can affect sustainable and effective change in the community."

Joint Master of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change

Applications will begin in May 2012 and full-time study at NIE will commence in January 2013 with up to 30 cohort places for the inaugural intake. The programme seeks to draw potential candidates with leading educational change in their respective organisations not only from Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region, but also those from the US and other Western countries who may appreciate the advantage of pursuing a higher degree in an Asian context delivered by two leading educational institutions.Leveraging on the strengths and reputations of NIE and TC, the programme will present opportunities for its candidates to build new, cross-national learning communities and fraternities, as well as create new cultures for collaboration in order to meet the demands for developing leaders in education with both local and global perspectives.

For details on the Launch Ceremony and a Fact Sheet on the MALEC, please refer to Annexe A and Annexe B respectively.

Media Coverage

9 February 2012

Channel NewsAsia (Online): NIE, Columbia University Launch Joint Master's Programme

The Straits Times (Prime News, Page A9): S'pore and US to Tie Up on Teacher Development

Lianhe Zaobao:
NIE and Columbia University Launches Joint Masters of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change Programme

TODAY (Hot News, Page 8):
NIE and Columbia University Launch Joint Master's Programme

8 February 2012

Channel NewsAsia (Online): Singapore, US Sign MOU to Enhance Collaboration in Education

TODAY (Online):
TC Creates Joint Master's Program with Education Institute in Singapore

Teachers College, Columbia University website (Online):
TC Creates Joint Master's Program with Education Institute in Singapore