Ngee Ann Polytechnic Ties Up with NIE & Zhejiang University City College for Chinese Studies Diploma

Ngee Ann Polytechnic Ties Up with NIE & Zhejiang University City College for Chinese Studies Diploma

Monday, 19 January 2009


Offers three-plus-one-year teaching track and China immersion programme

Ngee Ann Polytechnic has tied up with the National Institute of Education (NIE) to offer a new Diploma in Chinese Studies (CHS). After their three-year diploma course in Ngee Ann Polytechnic, students who are keen to join the teaching service will only need to spend one more year in NIE to receive their Diploma in Education (Chinese Specialisation), and be deployed as primary school Chinese Language teachers.

The tie-up between NIE and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) was sealed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony today.

Students will be attached to NIE for certain modules, which includes a five- week teaching practice in a school. The NIE attachment focuses on pedagogical training. Students will study modules such as Educational Psychology, Teaching of Chinese Language, Use of Chinese in Teaching, and Teaching of Civics and Moral Education.

"We have worked very closely with NIE to develop the curriculum for this diploma. Their advice and input have been most helpful in ensuring a robust curriculum that will adequately prepare our students for their subsequent Diploma in Education (Chinese Specialisation) programme," said Mr Tan Hang Cheong, the Deputy Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Assoc Prof Cheah Horn Mun, Dean/Foundation Programmes, NIE, added, "NIE is very pleased to collaborate with Ngee Ann Polytechnic and we look forward to producing quality teachers through this programme."

For the first intake, the Polytechnic intends to admit about 80 students. Said Mr Tan," Judging from the number of queries we received from the public over the past month, the response towards this new course has been very encouraging. However, the entry requirement for the Chinese language is rather stringent. So, an initial intake of 80 should be quite realistic."

About 70 percent of the modules will be taught in Chinese. In the first year, students will study foundation subjects to fortify their command of the Chinese language. During the second year, they will participate in an immersion programme in Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC), China. The final year programme will include NIE attachment and teaching practicum.

For students who do not intend to pursue the teaching career, the course will also equip them for a career in the Chinese media industry.

For the immersion programme in Zhejiang, NP has inked a co-operative agreement with the ZUCC today. Both parties will work towards providing a meaningful immersion programme for students taking the Chinese Studies diploma.

Explaining the objective of the immersion programme, Mr Tan said: "The overseas programme, the duration of which can be up to one semester, will allow students to be immersed in an environment that reinforces the learning of the language and appreciation of the Chinese culture."

Students will read modules such as Classical Chinese Literature, Critical Reading & Writing in Chinese and Introduction to Chinese Philosophy at ZUCC.

To qualify for this course, applicants must have obtained at least a Grade 2 for Chinese as a second language in the GCE "0" Level Examinations, or Grade 4 for Higher Chinese in the same examinations.

For students in the course who aspire to become Chinese Language teachers, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has introduced a Chinese Language Teacher Specialisation Scheme to offer sponsorship to selected students. Students may apply for sponsorship from Year 1 onwards. The sponsorship will cover the student's tuition fees in addition to a monthly allowance.

More details on application and entry requirements are available on Ngee Ann's website at

About Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Ngee Ann Polytechnic is one of Singapore's leading institutions of higher learning. The Polytechnic offers both business-related and technology-based diploma and advanced diploma programmes. The Polytechnic aims to provide relevant, balanced and value-added curricula by creating an effective teaching and learning environment. A key thrust for the Polytechnic is forging partnerships with industry and other institutions in order to keep students close to current industry and market practices.

About Zhejiang University City College

The Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC) was established in July 1999 as a subsidiary college of Zhejiang University (ZU), one of China's leading universitieswith more than 100 years of history. The ZUCC academic and administrative management is modeled after the Zhejiang University. ZUCC taps on ZU founding principle of "Qiushi" (meaning "seeking truth") to nurture student talent and cultivate creativity according to their strengths and ability. Upon graduation, students will receive a ZUCC Diploma and a Zhejiang University's Bachelor's degree.