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The National Institute of Education (NIE) is an autonomous institute of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Ranked 13th in the world and 2nd in Asia by the QS World University Rankings in the subject of Education in 2013,[1] the institute is the sole teacher education institute for teachers in Singapore. NIE provides all levels of teacher education, ranging from initial teacher preparation, to graduate and in-service programmes, and courses for serving teachers, department heads, vice-principals and principals. Its enrolment stands at more than 5,600 full-time equivalent students. The institute was first established as the Teachers' Training College in 1950.


NIE is organised into Programme Offices with 12 supporting Academic Groups. The Office of Teacher Education administers the initial teacher preparation programmes, leading to diploma, degree and postgraduate diploma qualifications, to equip student teachers with the knowledge to lead in the service of learners.

The Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning offers master’s and doctoral degrees. The office also delivers in-service and leadership programmes to enhance the career pathways of serving teachers and educators.

The External Programmes Office was set up in October 2005 to act as an educational consultancy to meet the bespoke training requirements of local and international clients. In July 2009, this Office was renamed as NIE International, a private company and a subsidiary of NIE/NTU.


NIE established the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice in 2002 with funding from the Ministry of Education (MOE). As the largest education research centre in the Asia Pacific, the centre sits in the Office of Educational Research. It brings together researchers, educators and administrators research in and to develop new and innovative ways of teaching and learning.

In January 2005, NIE establishes the Learning Sciences Lab and is now part of the Office of Educational Research. The Lab aims to lead and transform pedagogy enabled by ICT in teaching & learning in Singapore schools. From a research base, findings and good ideas are conceptualised and applied in learning processes so that these are effectively implemented in the schools.

History Edit

The roots of NIE can be traced back to the Teachers' Training College or TTC that was established in 1950, to meet the pressing need for teachers in Singapore. Between 1950 and 1971, the role of producing teachers was shared by the TTC and the School of Education at the University of Malaya (predecessor of the University of Singapore). TTC entered a new relationship with the University of Singapore in 1971, and resulted in the establishment of IE (Institute of Education) in 1973. The College of Physical Education (CPE) was set up in 1984 by IE to train specialist teachers in Physical Education. In 1991, IE and CPE merged to form NIE or the National Institute of Education. They occupied the campus at Bukit Timah Road, before moving to the main campus of the Nanyang Technological University in 2000.[2]

International RecognitionEdit

QS World University Rankings by Subject of Education 2013 published by Quacquarelli Symonds ranked NIE 13th in the world and 2nd in Asia[3] ahead of top education faculties such as University of California, Berkeley and University of Toronto. One of NIE’s executive programmes, the Leaders in Education Programme (LEP), has attracted international attention. The six-month programme prepares senior education officers for principalship. NIE received endorsement of its five-year strategic plan by an MOE-appointed International Advisory Panel, comprising academics from overseas universities, in August 2007.

Additionally, Singapore’s education system and teacher education programmes were ranked among the world’s best in a report by McKinsey and Company in September 2007.[4]

Student ClubsEdit

The NTUSU consists of 16 constituent bodies, of which the Trainee Teachers' Club is one. Only student teachers who are members of the NTUSU are eligible for full membership of the Trainee Teachers' Club.

Student teachers of NIE other than those defined under ordinary membership and students from other schools in NTU may apply for affiliate membership subject to the approval of the Management Committee and recommendation of the Advisor of the Club.[5]

The main role of the Trainee Teachers' Club is to promote and safeguard the interests and welfare of student teachers in NIE. The Trainee Teachers' Club comprises 13 sub-clubs:

  • ASEAN Club
  • Bachelor of Arts Club
  • Bachelor of Science Club
  • Chinese Language Education and Research (CLEAR) Club
  • Club Jeux
  • DanceFuzion
  • English Language and Literature (ELL) Club
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Club
  • NIE Green Club
  • NIE Travel Club
  • Physical Education and Sports Science (PESS) Club
  • Service Learning Club
  • Tamil Language Club

Together with its sub-clubs, the Trainee Teachers' Club organises a range of social, sports, cultural and educational activities for student teachers.


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