• Each year, outstanding professors in the field of education are hosted by the National Institute of Education under the CJ Koh Professorship in Education programme. The CJ Koh Professorship has been made possible through a generous donation by the late Mr Ong Tiong Tat, executor of the late lawyer Mr Koh Choon Joo’s (CJ Koh) estate, to the Nanyang Technological University Endowment Fund.

    Previous visitors have included Marilyn Cochran-Smith from Boston College (in 2006), Susan Fuhrman from Teachers College, Columbia University (2009), Robin Alexander from University of Cambridge (2010), Andy Hargreaves from Lynch School of Education, Boston College (2011), Andreas Schleicher from OECD (2011), Ruth Hayhoe from University of Toronto (2012), John Seely Brown from University of Southern California (2012), Linda Darling-Hammond from Stanford University (2013), Dennis Shirley from Lynch School of Education, Boston College (2014), Fernando Reimers from Harvard Graduate School of Education (2015), Richie Poulton from Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit (2017), Pam Grossman from Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania (2018) and George Siemens from University of Texas, Arlington (2019).

    About the CJ Koh Professorial Lecture Series
    CJ Koh Professorial Lecture Series was launched by the Office of Education Research on 1 March 2011. It was conceptualised for the purpose of knowledge building and sharing with our internal, external and international stakeholders in education, who can benefit from the information shared during each CJ Koh Professorship visit. Since 2016, the Professorship and Lecture Series have since been moved under the purview of the Office of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality.

    For enquiries, please e-mail the Series Editor, Associate Professor Chang Chew Hung at

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    Future-Ready Teachers for Future-Ready Learners

    Professor Pam Grossman was appointed as the 13th CJ Koh Professor from 24 to 28 September 2018. The ninth report captured the rich discourse of Professor Grossman’s talks about practice-based teacher education to prepare them for the future, which in turn prepares learners to thrive in an ever-changing future economy. She drew examples from lessons learnt in her work on project-based learning and presented findings that are beneficial for the education fraternity.

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    Self-control Is Integral to Success in Life 

    In the eighth report, Professor Richie Poulton, who was appointed as the 12th CJ Koh Professor from 5 to 12 October 2017, presented his findings that self-control was a prominent factor contributing to a person’s success in life. As Director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit, University of Otago, Prof Poulton extracted his findings from the data of his Unit’s longitudinal research of 1,037 babies who were born in Dunedin from 1972 to 1973. The project continues to study with most of these participants till today. Important observations were that the higher the self-control, the greater chance of success in life one has, and also that self-control may be cultivated at any stage in life.

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    Educating Global Citizens 

    The seventh report features Professor Fernando Reimers, who was appointed as the 11th CJ Koh Professor from 16 to 23 May 2015. He is an expert in the field of global education and is currently the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education, the Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and the Director of the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As the CJ Koh Professor, Prof Reimers shared on how educational innovations can make education more relevant in the 21st century, the importance of educating global citizens, and how we could realise these outcomes.

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    Achieving with Integrity: Towards Mindful Educational Change 

    The sixth report features Professor Dennis Shirley, who was appointed the 10th CJ Koh Professor from 2 to 10 March 2014. He focused on educational change for both his NIE seminar and the CJ Koh Professorship Public Lecture. For the seminar, Professor Shirley gave his views on the convergences in educational change and shared about the four zones of convergence and presented the idea of the wave of convergent pedagogy. In his public lecture, Professor Shirley discussed mindful teaching and how it can help teachers deal with daily pressures and be scaled from the classroom to the system level. He also participated in a roundtable discussion where NIE research groups presented on topics about improving the quality of teaching and learning.

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    Rethinking Educational Paradigms: Moving from Good to Great 

    In the fifth report, Professor Linda Darling-Hammond challenges us to rethink the way we look at our education systems. Professor Darling-Hammond was also the 9th CJ Koh Professor as well as a keynote speaker at NIE’s Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2013. In both her CJ Koh Professorship Public Lecture and her Conference Keynote Speech, she spoke about the importance of supporting teachers in a collaborative and supportive system. She praised Singapore’s Thinking Schools, Learning Nation initiative and how well its education system has been doing. She further emphasised thinking critically in order to solve complex problems, communicating effectively, working collaboratively, and learning how to learn.

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    Learning in and for the 21st Century

    This fourth report looks into the prevalent issue of 21st century learning as envisioned by prominent scholar Dr John Seely Brown, or "JSB" as he is often called. JSB is the 8th CJ Koh Professor from 21 November to 23 November 2012. During his visit, he delivered a symposium and public lecture, where he spoke about the need to instill the dispositions of "tinkering" and "imagination", the need to create learner-centric environments for these dispositions to strive in, and the need to change our perspectives - to manipulate the context rather than the content. For JSB, these are the right stuff that will help our children to learn in and for the 21st century.

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    Ruth Hayhoe and Her Scholarship

    CJ Koh Professor Ruth Hayhoe is a specialist in comparative education and a sinologist. From 1997 to 2002, she headed the Hong Kong Institute of Education and is now President Emerita. She is also a professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), where she served from 1986 to 1997, including appointments as Chair of the Higher Education Group and Associate Dean. Before that she held teaching positions at Heep Yunn School in Hong Kong, at Fudan University in Shanghai, and at the Roehampton Institute of Higher Education in London, as well as a diplomatic post at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing from 1989 to 1991. In honour of Hayhoe's contributions to the field of comparative education and prestigious career, OER has published a booklet written by Prof Lee Wing On, Dean/Education Research. This is an excerpt from a chapter in Education and Global Cultural Dialogue: A Tribute to Ruth Hayhoe, written by Prof Lee and edited by Karen Mundy and Zha Qiang, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2012).

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    Portraits of Top-Performing Education Systems

    This third report in the series captures the rich and insightful discussions arising from Professor Ruth Hayhoe’s visit to NIE in her appointment as the 7th CJ Koh Professor from 30 April to 4 May 2012. A comparative scholar who specialises in the field of comparative education in China, Prof Hayhoe delivered two lectures while here. A roundtable symposium was also organised in conjunction with her visit, where peers from Finland, Korea, Hong Kong, the United States, and colleagues from NIE engaged in dialogue about how their countries’ education systems continually innovate to stay on the top of their league. 

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    PISA: Lessons For and From Singapore

    This is a consolidated report of a symposium, seminar and public lecture presented by Professor Andreas Schleicher held from 1 to 3 November 2011 in conjunction with his appointment as our 6th CJ Koh Professor. He drew out implications from the 2009 PISA results for education reform and teacher policies in our bid to equip our students with skills for the 21st century. This issue also includes three thoughtful insights by Professor Schleicher on his visit to Singapore, Professor Wing On Lee on “PISA fever”, and Professor Sing Kong Lee on Singapore’s educational success.

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    Paving the Fourth Way: The Singapore Story

    This maiden report arose from a roundtable session held on 1 March 2011, in conjunction with the visit of the 5th CJ Koh Professor Andy Hargreaves, from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education.The Fourth Way is a book authored by Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley. In this report, Professor Hargreaves talks about what the Fourth Way is all about and his thoughts about why Singapore is considered to be paving the fourth way. The report also features key figures in Singapore’s education landscape, across the entire spectrum of the system, on developments in the areas of K-12 education, teacher education, educational leadership programmes, and educational research in general.

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  • In recognition of Mr. E.W. Barker’s contributions to the sports scene in Singapore, The E.W. Barker Professorship was launched by President S.R. Nathan on 27 August 2002. 

    The E.W. Barker Professorship aims to promote and foster collaborative research among stakeholders - PESS, Sport Singapore, the Singapore Sports School, Singapore Sports Hub, local schools and other universities.  

    The E.W. Barker Professor will share his or her expertise with athletes, teachers, coaches, and academicians in physical education and sport.

    These are the E.W. Barker Professors to-date:

    10b Laurence Chalip

    Professor Laurence Chalip 

    10th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    11 - 22 March 2019

    Area of Expertise: 

    Sport Policy;

    Sport Management;

    Sport Tourism

    Current Engagement: 

    School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism,
    George Mason University,


    9 Neil Armstrong

    Professor Neil Armstrong

    9th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    14 – 22 Mar 2016 

    Area of Expertise:

    Paediatric Physiology

    Current Engagement:

    Professor of Paediatric Physiology, School of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Exeter, UK


    8b Theodore Angelopoulos

    Professor Theodore Angelopoulos  

    8th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    24 Aug – 20 Sept 2015

    Area of Expertise:

    Physiogenomics related to Human Performance and Health

    Current Engagement:

    Professor & Chair, 
    Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences,
    University of Vermont,


    7 Clyde Williams

    Professor Clyde Williams

    7th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    4 – 15 Mar 2013

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport & Exercise Physiology


    Current Engagement:

    Emeritus Professor of Sports Science, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences,
    Loughborough University,


    6 Stuart Biddle

    Professor Stuart Biddle

    6th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    9 Jan – 3 Feb 2012

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport & Exercise Psychology

    Current Engagement:

    Professor of Physical Activity and Health, Institute for Resilient Regions,
    University of Southern Queensland, Australia 


    5 Paul Schempp

    Professor Paul Schempp

    5th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    7 Feb – 4 Mar 2011

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport Pedagogy

    Current Engagement:

    Department of Kinesiology (PE),
    College of Education,
    University of Georgia,


    4 Jean Cote

    Professor Jean Cote

    4th EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    15 Feb – 13 Mar 2009 

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport Coaching

    Current Engagement:

    Professor and Director,
    School of Kinesiology and Health Studies,
    Queen’s University,


    3b Rabindarjeet Singh

    Professor Rabindarjeet Singh

    3rd EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    27 Aug – 21 Sep 2007

    Area of Expertise:

    Sports Nutritionist

    Current Engagement:

    Faculty of Medicine,
    AIMST University,


    2 John Lyle

    Professor John Lyle

    2nd EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    7 – 25 Aug 2006

    Area of Expertise:

    Coach Education

    Current Engagement:

    Professor of Sport Coaching,
    School of Sports,
    Leeds Beckett University,


    1 Peter Terry

    Professor Peter Terry

    1st EW Barker Professor

    Period of Appointment:

    1 – 28 Apr 2005

    Area of Expertise:

    Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Current Engagement:

    Professor and Director,
    Research Training and Development,
    University of Southern Queensland, Australia


  • The Dr Ruth Wong Professorship in Teacher Education, named after the late Dr Ruth Wong Hie King, aims to enhance the teacher education experience and expertise within the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Singapore teaching fraternity, as well as increase cooperation and activities between NIE, the teaching fraternity in Singapore and the international education community.

    Dr Ruth Wong Hie King was the founding Director of the then Institute of Education (IE). Dr Wong attended Queen's University and Harvard University under various scholarships. She later joined the Ministry of Education as Director of Research and concurrently, Principal of the Teachers' Training College (TTC) and played a key role in upgrading the then TTC to IE in 1973. She also streamlined and improved Singapore’s teacher education curriculum considerably. Although she retired in 1976, her seminal ideas, considerable achievements and the strength of her character, modesty, compassion and equanimity have impressed and positively influenced many both within and outside the education fraternity.