Singapore, US Sign MOU to Enhance Collaboration in Education
Wednesday, 08 February 2012
WASHINGTON - Singapore and the United States have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaboration in education between the two countries.
The MOU builds on the first US-Singapore MOU on education signed in 2002, which focused primarily on the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science.
The three key areas of collaboration in the 2012 MOU are the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Sciences, teacher development and school leadership, and education research and benchmarking studies.
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who signed the MOU with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, said: "Whether in the US or Singapore, we all want our children to be well prepared for the future.
"To provide our children with a good education, we need good teachers and good school leaders, working together to deliver a holistic and future-oriented curriculum.
"Learning from the experiences and achievements in other countries and deriving insights from research and benchmarking studies will also stimulate us to explore areas of improvement."
The Education Ministry said the US and Singapore view teacher development and school leadership as critical in establishing a world-class education system.
To that end, the National Institute of Education (NIE) and Columbia University's Teachers College are launching a joint Masters of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change.
This joint Masters programme will take in up to 30 students from January next year.
The programme aims to equip leaders in education with the necessary skills and knowledge to take on curriculum leadership roles in their schools.
NIE director Lee Sing Kong said the NIE's partnership with Teachers College will provide educators with a dynamic understanding of cross-cultural contexts, curriculum development and school-policy making endeavours on a regional scope.
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