New NIE director appointed, to take over in July
Professor Tan Oon Seng, 56, will be the new director of the National Institute of Education (NIE), from July 1 this year, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which NIE is part of, has announced.
Prof Tan, who has been the dean of teacher education at NIE since 2008, will be taking over the position from Professor Lee Sing Kong, 62, who will relinquish his appointment on June 30 after holding office for more than seven years since November 2006.
Prof Tan, who is also an NTU professor renowned for his work in cognitive psychology and problem-based learning, started his career as a teacher in 1983 and rose through the ranks to become a vice-principal in 1991. He joined Temasek Polytechnic as a lecturer in 1992, before going to NIE as an associate professor in 2001. At NIE, he headed the psychological studies academic group from 2003 to 2008.
He said: "As an advocate for the strengthening of the calling and scholarship of the teaching profession, I believe NIE is poised for exciting opportunities."