Visit to NIE by Professor Andrew Brown
Monday, 12 June 2017
The Office of Education Research (OER) welcomed Professor Andrew Brown, Pro-Director (Academic Development), UCL Institute of Education from 23 January to 21 April 2017 as part of a 3-month consultancy visit to NIE.
During his visit, Professor Brown contributed valuable inputs towards enhancing the 4th tranche proposal. He actively networked and gained the support of internal and external key stakeholders including the Academic Groups and Ministry of Education, through formal meetings and events organized by OER. He also met individually with OER researchers and administration units, from which fruitful discussions and constructive feedback emerged.
As part of his collaboration with the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL), Professor Brown presented at a GPL Roundtable for EdD Programme Leaders entitled, “What matters in creating relevance and impact in education doctorates: What can NIE do?” He also engaged academic faculty in a series of seminars and discussions on higher degree and professional development matters. He held consultation sessions with higher degree students who sought his advice on research matters.
Professor Brown’s sharing of his insights and longstanding work in improving the quality of UCL IOE’s doctoral and graduate education programmes (ranked top in education in the QS rankings for four years from 2014 to 2017) has been of much value in GPL’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of NIE’s graduate programmes so as to enhance NIE’s international standing in high-quality graduate programmes and research.
At the 18th RFP ideation session organized by OER on 5 April, Professor Brown gave an interesting and engaging presentation on “The Path to Research Enhanced Practice (and Practice Enhanced Research)”. He used his own life and career trajectory as a tool to frame the presentation, which grasped the attention of the audience and set them in the right mindset for the breakout group sessions that followed. The discussions that ensued between OER researchers and participants from MOE, Academy of Singapore Teachers and the schools paved the way for potential collaborative research between OER and its key stakeholders.
Director NIE hosted a farewell and appreciation lunch for Professor Brown on 20 April in recognition of his dedication and contribution during his visit. Professor Brown concluded his visit with a sharing session, through which he objectively summarized the findings and experiences of his visit, and ended on a positive note of looking forward to working together with NIE again in future.
GPL Roundtable for EdD Programme Leaders
Farewell lunch for Prof Andrew Brown
Professor Brown giving a speech during his farewell lunch