NIE Academic Lauded at World Cultural Council with Special Recognition Award and NTU Research Grant

NIE Academic Lauded at World Cultural Council with Special Recognition Award and NTU Research Grant

Wednesday, 02 October 2013

NIE congratulates Associate Professor Jasmine Sim Boon Yee from the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group who received the prestigious Special Recognition at the 30th World Cultural Council Award (WCCA) Ceremony on 2 October 2013.

An honour bestowed to a select number of talented researchers who have had international impact through their research early in their careers, Assoc Prof Sim is one of five academics chosen this year in the category. To celebrate the first-ever WCCA Ceremony to be held in Asia and at a Singapore university, Assoc Prof Sim and her fellow recipients received a S$ 5,000 research grant provided by host institute, Nanyang Technological University.

The Council cited that Assoc Prof Sim’s research into multicultural citizenship and pedagogic practice has fast gained traction in the field of teacher education in Singapore and overseas. Noting that she had contributed to re-conceptualising the revised Social Studies curriculum in Singapore to the context of a changing global landscape. This was implemented in all primary and secondary schools in Singapore and her articles have been published in top-tier journals around the world.

The World Cultural Council (WCC) is an international organisation founded in 1981, which pays annual recognition to individuals or institutions that have made outstanding achievements in science, education and the arts, by means of its awards. Widely recognised in the scientific, educational and arts communities, the 30th World Cultural Council Award Ceremony sees the presentation of the Albert Einstein World Award of Science and the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts.

These awards provide the final objective to increase the efficient and positive use of knowledge and to promote fraternity among people, nations and governments, looking for true understanding worldwide, based on respect for the ideology, opinion, religion, race, and gender of all individuals. The WCC is composed of a Directive Board and an Interdisciplinary Committee, made up of eminent scientific, educational and artistic personalities; since its foundation there have been several Nobel Prize winners among its members.