As the global education landscape evolves, there is a strong push for educators to re-examine and incorporate within the education system the competencies paramount for survival in the twenty-first century. In 2009, the National Institute of Education, Singapore undertook a systematic review of its teacher education programmes in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the schools, using the revised National Curriculum and 21st century competencies (21CC) as a key guide.
Professor LOW Ee Ling is Dean, Teacher Education and Professor of Education (Applied Linguistics and Teacher Learning) at the English Language & Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She is a member of the NIE Leadership Team and an elected member of the NTU Senate (2014-2018). Her previous appointments include: Chief Planning Officer, Director’s Office (2017-2018), Head of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality (2014-2017), Associate Dean for Programme and Student Development at the Office of Teacher Education (2009-2013) and Sub-Dean for Degree Programmes (2004-2009). She has played a leading role in the conceptualization of the following strategic documents for NIE, Singapore: NIE Moving Forward: Towards 2017 Strategic Roadmap and Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TE21): A Blueprint for Teacher Education in Singapore (2009).