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National Institute of Education

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1950
    • Size:
    • Medium (5000~15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Vocational,pre-U,lifelong learning
    • Specialization:
    • School of Education 1
    • Climate:
    • Tropical
    • Location:
    • 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore, 637616
    • Phone:
    • +6567903888
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of National Institute of Education

The National Institute of Education (NIE) is an autonomous institute of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. The roots of NIE can be traced back to the Teachers' Training College (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.

Academic Highlights

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.

Life in National Institute of Education

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.

School Ranking

QS World University Rankings by Subject of Education 2013 published by Quacquarelli Symonds ranked NIE 10th in the world and 2nd in Asia , Ranked 12th in the world and 2nd in Asia by the QS World University Rankings in the subject of Education in 2015


The Entry Requirements for NIE are A good Bachelor's degree in the discipline area of English/Mathematics/Science, A teaching qualification such as Postgraduate Diploma in Education, A minimum of two years of teaching experience,Currently teaching the subjects of English/English Literature/Mathematics/Science. 

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