Ng Pak Tee Delivers Opening Keynote Address at International Baccalaureate (IB) Global Conference, Singapore 2018
Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Photo credit: International Baccalaureate Organization
Associate Professor Ng Pak Tee, Associate Dean for Leadership Learning, NIE, delivered the opening keynote address at the IB’s 50th Anniversary Global Conference, Singapore 2018, held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre from 25 to 27 March 2018. The conference welcomed an audience of over 1800 educators, head teachers and education thought-leaders from across the Asia Pacific Region and beyond.
Making reference to his recent book, Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes, A/P Ng, shared his perspectives on why educators should continue to embrace change, and explored the areas in which education ought to change. He also spoke about the enduring importance of education and how educators ought to preserve the spirit of education. He also congratulated the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) on their 50th Anniversary and the work they have been doing in the field of education.
Reflecting on A/P Ng’s keynote, Stefanie Leong (International Baccalaureate Organization) said, “A/P Ng reminded everyone that both the IB and Singapore were turning 50 within a few years of one another, and drew on the educational excellence which connected them. A/P Ng shared his perspectives on Singapore’s education success and talked about the need to look further than measurements of high achievement. He emphasised the need to harness and develop a child’s creativity, not to destroy it. His keynote was engaging, thought-provoking and hugely entertaining. It was the highest rated keynote by the audience and left everyone feeling inspired and energised for the conference.”