C J Koh Professorial Lecture: Educating Global Citizens

C J Koh Professorial Lecture: Educating Global Citizens

Thursday, 07 May 2015

On Thursday, 21 May 2015, the National Institute of Education (Singapore) will hold the C J Koh Professorial Lecture titled “Educating Global Citizens”, to be delivered by Professor Fernando M. Reimers.

Prof Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education and Director of both the Global Education Innovation Initiative and the International Education Policy Programme at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. An expert in the field of Global Education, his research and teaching focus on the relationship between education policy, innovation, leadership, and quality improvement to support children and youth in developing the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. For further biographical details on Professor Reimers, please refer to Annexe A.

The series of C J Koh Professorial Lectures has been made possible through a donation of S$1.5 million to the Nanyang Technological University Endowment Fund by the late Mr Ong Tiong Tat, executor of the late lawyer Mr Koh Choon Joo’s (C J Koh) estate. The endowment serves the programme of the Koh Choon Joo Professorship in Education. An additional sum of S$500,000 was donated to the endowment fund for the awards of the Pradap Kow (Mrs C J Koh) Scholarship in Higher Degrees in Education.

Topic: “Educating Global Citizens”


What does it mean to be a global citizen? What do we know about the educational experiences which support the development of global competency? In this lecture, Professor Reimers will review the state of ‘Global Citizenship Education’ and highlight the areas of consensus and of dissent. The lecture will examine some of the barriers to advancing global citizenship education, and compare and contrast reform options that rely on incremental improvement and those that engage in disruption, to leap forward towards transformative global education practices.