Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning

  • The National Institute of Education, an institute of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore is one of the leading teacher preparation institutions in the world, and has been an integral part of Singapore's education system since it was first established as the Teachers’ Training College in 1950. NIE has a strong reputation for evidence-informed higher degree, executive leadership and professional development programmes and courses for teachers, educators, researchers, policy makers, and other professions. These are delivered through the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL) with the support of the Academic Groups that represent a range of disciplines.

    Our faculty members care deeply about teaching and learning. They are experts in education and many are also internationally renowned in their respective academic fields. Our aim is for our students and participants to become thought leaders, skilful teachers, disciplinary experts and good researchers who can bring critical change in their respective professional contexts and academic fields. This aspiration is embodied in our philosophical statement of "Learning Differently, Leading Change".

    We look forward to you joining us in one or more of our programmes as you embark on the next stage of your lifelong learning journey.

    Dean, Graduate Studies &
    Professional Learning


    Professor John Wang

  • Research is considered to be one of the most important tasks of an academic staff in NIE. The outcomes of research have a strong impact on the professional development of the staff, on the academic standing of NIE and on the community at large. For a staff to conduct a good research project, a systematic research support structure is necessary. Therefore, the Research Grants Management at GPL exists and is designed fundamentally to support staff in securing research funding, and in managing their research projects.

    The research support unit reviews research proposals submitted by staff, and prepares them for submission to various funding sources. It then manages all on-going funded research projects working closely with Office of Education Research (OER), NIE Finance and Human Resource departments. The unit also provides training for staff on grantsmanship (how to write grants’ proposals), and provides regular information on grant calls from various funding agencies e.g. MOE, A*Star, NRF, governmental ministries, and other external institutions. The unit also supports staff in funding for product development and commercialization. The academic research support unit compiles research statistics such as publications on research done by staff in NIE for reporting and review purposes.

    The Research Grants Management at GPL administers and manages the following grants: NIE Academic Research Fund (NIE AcRF), NTU Academic Research Fund (NTU AcRF) Tier 1, MOE Academic Research Fund (MOE AcRF) Tier 2, Applied Research in Education Fund (ARIEF), and various grants from external agencies.  The list of on-going projects classified under each type of grant is provided here.  

    Associate Dean, Research
    Grants Management

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    Associate Professor
    Shirley Lim

  • The Office of Graduate Studies & Professional Learning (GPL) currently oversees the following programmes:

    Higher Degree Programmes

    We deliver high quality and rigorous higher degree programmes that will challenge your thinking, develop your skills and boost your career prospects. With a long tradition of innovation in teacher education, our master’s and doctoral programmes have contributed to the academic and professional development of thousands of educators in Singapore. We are also seeing an increasing number of international students joining our alumni each year.

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    Professional and Leadership Development Programmes and Courses

    Through the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL), the National Institute of Education, Singapore, offers high quality and contextually relevant professional learning programmes that support teachers and other educational professionals as they master competencies required to become effective practitioners. We also have a range of leadership programmes to prepare and develop school leaders to lead with impact in a rapidly changing educational landscape.

    The Professional and Leadership Development unit of GPL manages all professional and leadership programmes and courses delivered by NIE Academic Groups and visiting academics.

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  • Publications and Videos

    This page gives an overview of the various publications and videos undertaken by the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL). 

    GPL is one of the programme offices in NIE that oversees the running of higher degree, executive leadership and professional development (in-service) programmes and courses. These are delivered with the support of the Academic Groups that represent a range of disciplines.

    For more information, please visit http://www.nie.edu.sg/gpl-publications-and-videos

  • We are located at the following address:  

    Office of Graduate Studies & Professional Learning
    National Institute of Education
    Nanyang Technological University
    Block 7 Level 3
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616
    Tel: 6790 3888

    If you have an enquiry on any aspect of our programmes and functions, you can contact us via the following:

    Higher Degrees

    For admission matters:
    Email: nieadmpp@nie.edu.sg 

    For other HD-related matters:
    Email: higherdegrees@nie.edu.sg 

    Leadership Learning

    Email: leadership.programmes@nie.edu.sg

    Professional Development

    Email: inservice@nie.edu.sg

    Research Grants Management @ GPL

    Email: gplgrant@nie.edu.sg