Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Education of Singapore and the People's Republic of China

Published Date: 07 November 2015 12:00 AM

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1. The Ministries of Education of Singapore (MOE) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on exchanges and cooperation in the field of education.

2. The first MOU between both ministries was signed in 1999 and had since been renewed twice in 2006 and 2009. This revised MOU covers bilateral educational cooperation at both the basic and higher education levels. Ongoing collaborations include the exchange of visits by officials, educators and students.

3. The revised MOU features one new and two enhanced collaborations:

Attachment at Technical and Vocational Institutions

4. Under this new collaboration, up to 15 senior educators from each country will be given the opportunity to be attached to technical and vocational institutions in the other country. The short-term attachment may include co-teaching and serves to help senior educators understand the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector in Singapore and the PRC.

Professional Development for PRC English Language Lecturers

5. In this enhanced initiative, the National Institute of Education will provide professional development through the Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) programme to 20 PRC English Language lecturers.

Overseas Study-cum-Immersion Programme for Singapore’s Chinese Language Teachers

6. Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters), in collaboration with the Academy of Singapore Teachers, will assist in organising an annual study-cum-immersion programme for 30 of Singapore’s Chinese Language teachers. The programme will include a school attachment which allows for lesson observations and the opportunity for teachers to experience teaching in Chinese classrooms.

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