Singapore, US Sign MOU to Enhance Collaboration in Education
Wednesday, 08 February 2012
WASHINGTON: Singapore and the United States have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaboration in education between the two countries.
The MOU builds on the first US—Singapore MOU on education signed in 2002, which focused primarily on the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science.
The three key areas of collaboration in the 2012 MOU are the teaching and learning of Mathematics and Sciences; teacher development and school leadership; and education research and benchmarking studies.
The extension in scope of collaborations reflects the significant expansion in cooperative efforts and exchanges in education between the two countries since the signing of the first MOU.
Singapore’s Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who signed the MOU with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, said: "Whether in the US or Singapore, we all want our children to be well prepared for the future.
"To provide our children with a good education, we need good teachers and good school leaders, working together to deliver a holistic and future—oriented curriculum.
"Learning from the experiences and achievements in other countries and deriving insights from research and benchmarking studies will also stimulate us to explore areas of improvement."
Singapore’s collaboration with other countries is part of the country’s continuing effort to provide the best possible education for our children.
The Education Ministry says the US and Singapore view teacher development and school leadership as critical in establishing a world—class education system.
Both countries are committed to working together to share best practices and experiences in these areas to improve both our education systems.
To that end, the National Institute of Education (NIE) and Columbia University’s Teachers College are launching a joint Masters of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change.
This joint Masters programme will take in up to 30 students from January 2013.
The programme aims to equip leaders in education with the necessary skills and knowledge to take on curriculum leadership roles in their schools.
The closer collaboration in education research and benchmarking studies will help both countries deepen their understanding of best practices in education. This will support Singapore’s increased emphasis in holistic education.
The Education Ministry says the measurement of student development outcomes in non—academic areas is at the cutting edge of educational research and benchmarking efforts.
NIE Director, Professor Lee Sing Kong says NIE’s partnership with Teachers College will result in a new generation of educators and educational leaders re—envisioned for the 21st century.
Professor Lee adds that the educators will also have a dynamic understanding of cross—cultural contexts, curriculum development and school—policy making endeavours on a regional scope that can affect sustainable and effective change in the community.
Source: Channel NewsAsia