21st Century Challenges – Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education


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Professor S Gopinathan, Academic Director at The HEAD Foundation was invited by Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ) to speak at their International Talk event on the topic “21st Century Challenges – Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education” on 17 July 2017.

The talk was attended by an invited group of Vice Rectors from nine different institutions in Indonesia.  The presentation examined the broad challenges facing teacher preparation and the teaching profession and illustrated how Singapore is tackling these issues.

Prof Gopinathan emphasised the need for ASEAN institutions to think beyond just teacher preparation, and consider factors such as the nature of learning, how high performing schools function, and the role of principals as instructional leaders.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.