More Than a Degree

More Than a Degree

Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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NIE News, December 2015,

By Office of Teacher Education

From left: Assoc Prof Chow Jia Yi, Assistant Dean, Degree and Student Life; Assoc Prof Liu Woon Chia, Dean, Office of Teacher Education; Prof Geoff Hayward; Prof Tan Oon Seng; Dr Alexius Chia Ti Yong, Assistant Dean, International and School Partnerships

NIE Director, Professor Tan Oon Seng and Professor Geoff Hayward, Head of the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions on 13 August 2015.

The signing comes timely with NIE’s recent announcement of the enhanced Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education programmes; a four-year immersive degree programme that integrates the best of an academic degree with a good foundation in the field of education.

The degree has a strong inquiry focus that exposes student teachers to both education and content research, allowing them to continuously learn and inquire throughout their lives. The rigorous curriculum includes a practicum stint overseas in countries such as China, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States that will help them better practice and develop a global perspective of teaching and learning.

It also includes a semester overseas with partner universities such as University of Helsinki in Finland, Linkoping University in Sweden, Tsing Hua University in China and soon, University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

NIE Director, Prof Tan, said, “As leading institutions of teacher education and education research in our different regions, the partnership of the Faculty of Education of the University of Cambridge and the National Institute of Education, Singapore will provide excellent opportunities for our staff and students to build on our diverse and rich capabilities.”

The MoU will facilitate student and staff exchanges and the development of a programme of collaborative research. Selected NIE degree students can look forward to spending a semester at the University of Cambridge from September 2016 onwards.


This article first appeared in NIE's quarterly publication NIE News in December 2015.