NIE Director is First Singaporean for Highest Medal of Honour

NIE Director is First Singaporean for Highest Medal of Honour

Thursday, 23 May 2013

On 23 May 2013, NIE Director, Professor Lee Sing Kong was bestowed the Medal for Distinguished Service from Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, USA at its Doctoral Hooding Ceremony at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, Manhattan, New York, USA.

This is the highest honour awarded from the prestigious College. TC cited Prof Lee’s award-winning research in agriculture such as aeroponics technical know-how and his leadership in NIE as well as helping to create a highly respected teaching workforce where teachers belong to a professional community commited to sharing best practices and experiences in Singapore.

Past recipients of the Medal include Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Madam Hao Ke-Ming, one of the leading architects of China’s education system; Dr Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Professor William Bowen, past President of Princeton University and President Emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is not the first time that Prof Lee is receiving a medal of high honour. On 10 December 2011, Prof Lee was awarded the Medal of Honour for the Cause of Education in Vietnam at a national conference on to mark the success of its National Training Programme for School Principals. It was awarded by Vietnam’s Vice Minister of Education and Training, Professor Bui Van Ga. On 12 March 2013, Prof Lee received the NTU Nanyang Award 2012 for Service from NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson. His other accolades also include the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) (1981), Save Planet Earth Merit Award (1992), Asian Innovation Award (Bronze) (1998), Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques (1999), National Technology Award 2000, Urban Agriculture Award 2000, Excellence for Singapore Award 2001, Singapore Innovation Award 2001, Public Administration Medal (Silver) (2004), Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Biology (2005), NUS Distinguished Alumni in Science Award (2009) and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) (2011).

NIE, Singapore and TC, USA have shared a long-standing relationship in both research experience and academic resources. At the end of this year, the two institutes look forward to celebrating the inaugural cohort of 16 professionals from the NIE-TC Joint Master of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change (MALEC) programme.

Please find Prof Lee’s address at TC ceremony and read the media coverage and media release