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UniSIM & BNU Seal Partnership In Early Childhood Education

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After more than a year of intense discussion and consultation between SIM University (UniSIM) and Beijing Normal University (BNU), the details of the new Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (in Chinese) (MECE) have been finalised, and the collaboration was formalised in a ceremony, held in Beijing on 7th November 2016, to exchange the signed agreement. 

The seven-member UniSIM delegation, led by President Cheong Hee Kiat, was warmly welcomed by BNU Chairman Mdm Liu Chuan Sheng who in her welcome address spoke warmly of the long and successful collaboration between the two universities dating back to 1999. She further stressed that such collaboration should continue and be strengthened. She added that it is through working together and common understanding that we can break through new frontiers of knowledge, innovation and research. 

In response, Prof Cheong announced UniSIM's transition to an autonomous university (AU), the sixth in Singapore, and will come under the purview of the Ministry of Education (MOE). In addition to having access to MOE funding, the new AU status affirmed UniSIM’s unique standing within the local education landscape as a leading provider of applied training and education for working adults. Prof Cheong also reiterated UniSIM’s focus on the social sciences, particularly in early childhood education, as a critical area of focus of the MOE to increase the quality of pre-school teacher training in Singapore. 

Back in 2012 the Ministry of Education (MOE) and then Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) formed the Implementation Committee for Enhancing Pre-School Education (ICEPE) to formulate and oversee the strategies to enhance pre-school education in Singapore. One of the recommended key strategies was to strengthen teacher training through the increase and upgrading of pre-school teacher education. In response to this demand for quality teacher training, Beijing Normal University (BNU) and SIM University (UniSIM) decided to embark on the MECE programme which will be conducted fully in Chinese while incorporating a multicultural Singapore perspective. 

Student recruitment for the MECE programme is expected to begin by early 2017 with the first intake commencing classes in July 2017. Under this agreement, there will be one intake per academic year with three intakes in total. This new programme will serve as an extension of the current Bachelor degree programme offered by the School of Human Development and Social Services (HDSS), UniSIM. 

The MECE programme will be taught entirely at UniSIM by BNU faculty andThe degree will be awarded by BNU in collaboration with UniSIM. Following the curriculum requirements for similar BNU programmes, the MECE will adopt a Credit Unit (CU) system and will be taught on a part-time basis. The curriculum will comprise six main areas: General Knowledge; Theory; Application; Research; Professional Development; Teaching and Learning. 

The programme is open to applicants who have an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education or a recognised undergraduate degree with an accredited Diploma in early childhood education. There will be an entry test conducted for admission. However, candidates with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood from BNU or UniSIM may be exempted from the entry test. 

The programme will be administered by UCCS, with support from the Early Childhood & Chinese Language Education programme in HDSS.


新跃大学同北京师范大学合办推出学前教育硕士课程


新跃大学同北京师范大学经过一年多紧密地探讨和协商,终于完成并制定了学前教育方向的教育硕士专业学位课程的大纲和框架,于2016年11月7日由新跃大学校长张起杰教授和北京师范大学党委书记刘川生女士代表,在北京师范大学(以下简称北師大)举行了合作协议交换仪式。 

由张校长带领的七人访问小组受到了北师大刘书记、教育学部、文学院、和国际交流与合作处领导们和同仁的热烈欢迎和接待。刘书记在欢迎词中肯定了两校多年来的合作关系,并强调彼此应在巩固合作的基础上更进一步深入合作共识,从而突破知识、研究和创新的新领域。 

在会谈中,张校长表示新跃大学(以下简称跃大)即将转型成为新加坡第六所公立大学。大学在教育部的资助下,将继续秉承其在新加坡教育领域中独有的成人教育的特质,并且保持及巩固其在应用学教育先驱的地位。张校长也提到,新跃大学将以人文和应用学科为主,重点为社会科学领域培养人才, 学前教育则是在新加坡教育部大力倡导下的一个主要的学科组成部分。 

在2012年新加坡教育部和社会发展、青年及体育部联合成立了强化学前教育实行委员会,目的为监督新加坡学前教育的发展和策略。其中关键策略是通过加强学前教育师资的培训和不断学习,提高学前教育师资团队的整体水平。在应对国家的发展策略和市场需求的前提下,以及新加坡特有的多种族文化的背景下,新大同北师大决定一同推出全中文授课的 学前教育中文硕士课程。该课程让跃大现有的学前教育学士学位课程毕业生有进一步在母校深造的机会。 

新跃大学目前正紧锣密鼓的筹办着招生工作,希望该课程能在2017年初开始招生,并在2017年7月正式开课。按照课程协议,该课程将每年招生一次,共招生三届学员。 

该课程将由北师大教授来新授课以及颁发毕业证书。根据其教学大纲,该课程将采用学分以及部分时间制授课。课程大纲涵盖六大部分:公共学科、理论、实践、研究、专业发展、和教学与学习。 

该课程将开放给拥有学前教育本科学历,或其他受承认的本科学历同時具学前教育专业认证文凭的申请者.申请者需要通过面试。拥有新跃大学或北京师范大学学前教育本科的学士学位证书的申请者,将获得免试。 

该课程的行政运作将由新跃中华学术中心负责,并由人力发展与社会服务学院,学前教育课程协助。

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