KCE center manager awarded Ruth Wong professorship to give opening lecture at prestigious education conference in Singapore

Elaine Munthe has received the Ruth Wong Professorship for 2024 at the National Institute of Education and is attending The Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference.

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Elaine Munthe, professor and center manager at the Knowledge Center for Education (Photo: Elisabeth Tønnessen)

Elaine Munthe, professor and center manager at the Knowledge Center for Education (KCE) , received the Ruth Wong Professorship at the National Institute of Education (NIE) at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore earlier this year.

By virtue of this award, she is present at The Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference (RPIC) in the same country. The conference takes place this week.

Opening lecture

The KCE center manager will give the opening lecture at the RPIC conference and also have meetings with staff and students to discuss teacher training and research.

– I see this as a great opportunity to forge stronger ties with Nanyang Technical University and NIE in particular and look forward to learning more about teacher education and what they emphasize in the education of teachers, says Elaine Munthe in a comment. The award of the professorship is intended to strengthen international relations and strengthen teacher training at the National Institute of Education (NIE), which is one of the highest-ranked teacher training programs worldwide. The Department of Cultural and Linguistics (IKS) at UiS accepts students from NIE who are in practice here and students from IKS can take courses at NIE.

Platform for future teachers and teacher educators

It is the fourth time the Ruth Wong professorship has been awarded. John Loughran, Clare Kosnik and Lin Goodwin were the first three to receive it.

Dr Ruth Wong was the founder and head of the then Institute of Education (IE) in Singapore. Wong is considered the most famous and respected educationist in Singapore's history in the field of education and teacher training and the award of the professorship in her name has been established by her family.

“Her quest for excellence in education is still relevant today. The Dr. Ruth Wong Professorship will serve as a platform to positively influence a younger generation of teachers, teacher educators and administrators,” the department's website states.

Text: Leif Tore Sædberg, KSU