NIE Director is first Singaporean to receive highest medal of honour from Teachers College

NIE Director is first Singaporean to receive highest medal of honour from Teachers College

Date & Time

23 May 2013, 00:00


New York, USA


Public, International and Alumni Relations (PIAR)



Events Details

The National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore  extends our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Lee Sing Kong, NIE Director, who received the Medal for Distinguished Service winning high praise for Singapore’s teaching force from a leading American postgraduate school on 23 May 2013 at its doctoral hooding ceremony in New York, USA.  

Prof Lee was singled out for his contributions by the Teachers College (TC) of Columbia University. TC cited that Prof Lee’s leadership has helped to create a highly respected teaching workforce. It said Singapore teachers function as a professional community and are committed to sharing best practices and experiences. It also praised Prof Lee for his award-winning research, which allowed the widespread application of his method to commercial agriculture in the lowland tropics.  

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.

Prof Lee was also 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.

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.

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