Nanyang Technological University

Professor LEE Sing Kong


Professor LEE Sing Kong



Professor Lee Sing Kong is the Vice President (Alumni and Advancement) at Nanyang Technological University. He obtained a 1st Class Honours in Horticultural Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 1974, supported by the Colombo Plan Scholarship and awarded by the Public Service Commission of Singapore. He received his PhD in 1985 from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in Plant Biotechnology.

After an illustrious career in the civil service, Professor Lee joined NIE in 1991 and was in various positions of leadership. He assumed the directorship of NIE in 2006. Under his stewardship, NIE took a systematic review of teacher education programmes in partnership with MOE and its schools, using the revised National Curriculum as key guides. The resulting 21st-century teacher education model was launched in 2009 to develop teachers with the key values, skills and knowledge necessary to function in the 21st-century classroom.

The Thinking Teachers framework that crystallises NIE's unique paradigm of value-based teacher education in the design, delivery and enhancement of NIE programmes and courses, is often cited as a reference point by the international teaching fraternity. Prof Lee also saw to a further elaboration of the new pedagogies and transformed NIE's tutorial rooms campus-wide, to promote a more conducive and collaborative environment for learning and teaching that would enable the acquisition of 21st century skills.

Building on his extensive knowledge and experience in education, Professor Lee was appointed as the Vice President (Education Strategies) from July 2014 till June 2016 to lead the development of NTU's strategies and innovations in curricular, teaching methods and assessment. He initiated a framework that provides the support for professors across NTU to proactively adopt Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) initiatives, with the aim of having 50% of the NTU courses to be incorporated with certain TEL components in them by 2020. As the Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE@NTU), he leads CRADLE in its focus on research into the best learning practices specific to Singapore's tertiary education sector. Appointed as the Vice President (Alumni and Advancement) in August 2015, he is pivotal in the re-development of Alumni and Donor relationship in NTU.

Professor Lee also holds another concurrent appointment as the Managing Director of NIE International, the consultancy and training private arm of the National Institute of Education Singapore. Over the years, NIE International has, through its successful track records with Middle East & China markets, built up a good reputation as the choice educational consultancy institution in the international education fraternity.

Professor Lee has received numerous awards for his contributions in education & research works. Among his notable accolades are the National Technology Award 2000, Urban Agriculture Award 2000, Excellence for Singapore Award 2001, Singapore Innovation Award 2001, Public Administration Medal (Silver) (2004), Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Biology (2005), NUS Distinguished Alumni in Science Award (2009), Public Administration Medal (Gold) (2011), Medal of Honour for the Cause of Education (Vietnam) 2011. Professor Lee is also the first Singaporean to receive the prestigious Medal for Distinguished Service 2013, the highest honour awarded by Teachers College, Columbia University, USA. ​

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