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NTU sets up $10m CRADLE

The Nanyang Technological University is setting up a new research centre for tertiary education. With a price tag of $10 million, the Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE) will focus on best learning practices specific to Singapore's tertiary education sector. 

SINGAPORE: The Nanyang Technological University is setting up a new research centre for tertiary education.

With a price tag of $10 million, the Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE) will focus on best learning practices specific to Singapore's tertiary education sector.

"For the last two decades, the National Institute of Education at NTU has been leading Singapore's research in learning at the primary and secondary school levels. Through CRADLE, NTU will move into research on higher education learning," said NTU Provost, Professor Freddy Boey.

In a media release, NTU said CRADLE's key objectives are to help students "learn how to learn", as well as develop new ways to assess them, such as computer-assisted assessment or assessment from home.

The new centre will work with institutions like Stanford University and the UK Higher Education Academy.

The university has also appointed Professor Lee Sing Kong to a new position as Vice-President for Education Strategies.

Professor Lee, who will be stepping down as director at the National Institute of Education after seven years, will lead the development of NTU's strategies and innovations in curricular, teaching methods and assessment in his new post.  

Professor Lee said: "I foresee CRADLE playing an important role in introducing actual learning and online strategies that will advance university students' learning and one that's relevant to the Singapore context.

"We also want to build a strong pool of local experts who can contribute to the development of Singapore's tertiary sector where not much research has been done on learning at the university level." 

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