NIE Director's Address 2017

NIE Director's Address 2017

Monday, 28 August 2017


Over 500 NIE faculty and staff gathered for the Director’s Address 2017 on 28 August 2017. The annual event serves as a platform for NIE Director, Professor Tan Oon Seng to share institutional plans for the year ahead, while celebrating the achievements of the NIE community. Director’s Address 2017 was especially significant as we paid special tribute to former NIE Director, Professor Lee Sing Kong, who passed away on 19 May 2017. Professor Tan also took the opportunity to announce the Lee Sing Kong Endowment Fund, established to honour Professor Lee’s contributions towards Singapore’s teaching system.


In his main speech, Professor Tan highlighted the Institute’s continued focus on enhancing quality and impact — from programmes to students to pedagogies and research outcomes. For NIE to remain relevant and competitive in an evolving landscape, there is a need for the Institute to continue to be future-oriented and to embrace innovative thinking and practices.  Professor Tan announced that five Strategic Taskforces have been formed to help to co-create a strategic roadmap towards a “future-ready” NIE by 2022. In his closing remarks, Professor Tan reiterated the important role every staff member plays in contributing to the continued success of Singapore’s education system and reminded everyone to uphold the NIE "We can!" spirit in all that we do.