Celebrating 70 years of Teacher Education


Papilionanda NIE SG: The NIE NTU Orchid

The NIE NTU orchid, Papilionanda NIE SG, commemorates the National Institute of Education’s 70th anniversary and the institution’s lasting impact in nurturing educators in Singapore.

This peach orange hybrid bloom stems from the rich heritage of our national flower, Vanda Miss Joaquim.

The brush of amethyst in the labellum symbolises the central role that the National Institute of Education plays as the heart of education and teachers’ professional learning, leading the future of education grounded in values, and built on a strong partnership with MOE, schools and global partners.

The petals represent the institution’s mission to inspire learning, transform teaching and advance research locally and internationally.

The NIE NTU orchid, a resilient bloom, represents our Singapore teachers who are quick to adapt to their changing environments and flourish. It is a reminder of where every teacher’s professional journey begins.

The Papilionanda NIE SG was unveiled by President Halimah Yacob during MOE’s virtual Teachers' Day Celebration and Award Ceremony on 3 September 2020.

Walking Down Memory Lane

The story of National Institute of Education as Singapore’s national teacher education institute began on 1 March 1950 with the establishment of Teachers’ Training College on Cairnhill Road. We are proud to have remained an integral part of Singapore’s education service over the last 70 years, contributing not only in initial teacher preparation, teacher professional development and school leadership programmes, but also in high-impact research in education and other academic disciplines.

To mark the start of our 70th anniversary celebration, National Institute of Education has unveiled a commemorative logo, commissioned a video incorporating rare footages and interviews entitled “Walking Down Memory Lane: The NIE Story”, and designed a limited-edition souvenir notebook. To encapsulate the spirit of our mission, the theme of National Institute of Education’s celebration is “70 Years of Inspiring Learning, Transforming teaching, Advancing Research”.

We hope that these items would encourage us to continue in our mission to inspire learning, transform teaching and advance research. 

From Strength to Strength


National Institute of Education has come a long way from a teacher’s training college to become Singapore’s premier institute of education. Today, it is recognised internationally for its teacher education philosophy, programmes and research.
Produced in celebration of National Institute of Education’s 70th Anniversary, this five-minute video spotlights National Institute of Education’s key achievements over the past 20 years and how it is constantly innovating to be a future-ready institute that leads the future of education.

Watch members of the National Institute of Education senior leadership and faculty highlight significant developments in initial teacher preparation, leadership and lifelong professional learning, as well as education and education-related disciplinary research. Don’t miss Mrs Tan Ching Yee, Permanent Secretary (Education) and National Institute of Education Council Chair (2007-2012), who talks about the impetus for National Institute of Education’s well-known Teacher Education Model for the 21st Century (TE21) at the start of the video.