How High’s the Water, Mama? A Reflection on Water Resource Education in Singapore, pp. 13 of 33

Water Resource Education Trends in Geography at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University

This section focuses specifically on the Geography degree programme offered at the National Institute of Education (NIE), an autonomous institute within Nanyang Technological University (NTU), primarily because one of NIE’s mandates is preparation of pre-service teachers through the BA (Education) and the PGDE (Postgraduate Diploma in Education) programme. The NIE programmes naturally fit in the context of curriculum trends discussed in the previous section and PUB outreach discussed in the next section. Clearly, NIE does not represent all opportunities for water resources training in Singapore’s higher education system. As noted in the Introduction, for example, NTU and NUS programmes are conducting world-leading research in the water resources field. The NUS Geography Department offers water-related courses such as Water and the Environment, Terrestrial and Coastal Systems, Ecological Systems, Urban Climate, Sediments and Sedimentary Basins, Environmental Conservation and Urban Tropical Ecology in SE Asia, Coastal Management, Advanced Hydrology and Catchment Management, Advanced Geomorphology, Climate Change Processes, Impact and Responses, as well as several field-based courses. Of the five polytechnics in Singapore, three offer water-related diploma programmes: Republic Polytechnic – Environmental Science; Singapore Polytechnic – Environmental Management and Water Technology; and Temasek Polytechnic – Environment and Water Technology.

An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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