Editor's Say

 Associate Professor Hadjijah Bte RahmatThe keyword consistently used as a theme for the last four issues of NIE News is 'passion' – find past four editions March to Dec 2011. This issue continues to celebrate the noble spirit with "passion for teaching'. Passion isn't something recently introduced in NIE, indeed this has been an inner driving force for NIE's work culture which I have witnessed since joining this Institute of Distinction in 1987. Over the years, the passion of NIE leaders and staff, or NIE family, has made an impact on the educational landscape in Singapore and beyond. This opening edition for 2012 showcases the latest examples of 'passion for teaching' and life within the NIE fraternity.

In Corporate Development, read about the EW Barker Scholarship and Challenge and Professor Stuart Biddle, as the Sixth EW Barker Professor (4 and 5). Besides sports, focus on music education brings highlights from the CDIME 2012 conference and a special tribute to Assoc Prof Kelly Tang (VPA), Cultural Medallion recipient, and his inspirational legacies (6 and 7). We also honour long service award recipients on page 9 and welcome the new Deputy Chairman and new member at NIE Council on page 17.

Pages 12 and 13 cover the Teachers' Investiture Ceremony held in January 2012. Amongst the graduates, a group of teachers who deserve our heartiest congratulations for becoming the first cohort of primary school teachers who graduated with NIE Bachelor degrees in Education. Our congratulations also to all 166 educators who graduated from NIE's Management and Leadership in Schools programme in February (page 23). They are truly life-long learners in the community.

We are eager to see the impacts of two new visionary programmes on development of teaching and teachers' professionalism for the institute, the Doctor in Education programme (page 18), and a joint Master in Education (Leadership and Educational Change) with Columbia University's Teachers College (page 15).

On the research front, a LST staff won the APSSCE Young Researcher Leader Award (page 19) and we meet two distinguished speakers (19 and 20), Prof Clive Dimmock and Prof Andreas Schleicher. We are happy to include a valuable contribution from NIE alumnus, Mr Ng Yeow Ling,
Principal of North View Primary School about the impact of teachers and students in the school's Positive Education programme (page 22).

With so many shining examples of excellence by our own staff, alumni and distinguished visiting scholars, we hope to provide inspiration and motivation for all of us to continue to teach and serve with passion and to make our life in NIE more impactful and meaningful.

Guest Editor
Associate Professor Hadjijah Bte Rahmat
Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group