Programmes & Courses

The trainers and consultants in our teaching programmes and educational management consultancy services are of the highest calibre, consisting of NIE faculty staff as well as highly-qualified and experienced educators in Singapore.

Leaders in Education Programme International (LEPI)


Applicants must be degree holders or have equivalent qualifications. They must have at least one year of senior management experience in a school or government ministry.

Applications must be made via the prescribed form. (If you are unable to attach your photograph in the form, please send your photograph as an email attachment).   Applications may be submitted at any time until the closing date.

Registration for 2020 will be updated in early 2020.


For enquiries, please contact:

NIE International
National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University
1 Nanyang Walk
Singapore 637616
Tel: (65) 6790 3137
Fax: (65) 6316 5502

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Extraordinary Leaders for the Future

The educational landscape across the world is giving rise to new and escalating challenges. Nations need innovative people of extraordinary ability to lead schools in a dynamic and uncertain context.

The Leaders in Education Programme International is Singapore's response to that need. This two-week executive programme is specially catered for school principals and education ministry officers. It builds on the highly successful Leaders in Education Programme, which has been producing top quality professionals of extraordinary leadership ability for Singapore's schools over the past few years.

Launched in 2005, the LEPI programme has quickly established itself as one of NIE's flagship programmes. The programme will provide a unique and enriching experience. It engages and support key personnel in education who will be the extraordinary leaders for the future. This programme exposes participants to the latest thinking in educational leadership and will give them the opportunity to spend time in schools to see first-hand how success is achieved. Participants will be inspired to build their individual and collective capacity and learn how to become champions of innovation, so that they can take their schools upwards to higher levels of performance. Participants will work with an international peer group of leaders in education, engaged in effective conversation, learn new ways to ask questions, and benefit from peer-to-peer learning experiences.

Click here to view the programme brochure for more details on this enriching learning journey and the testimonials from some of our past participants. 

Programme Architecture

Exciting new ideas and possibilities will emerge as participants reflect on the experiences we provide:

Visits to schools: We take participants into some local schools that are achieving breakthroughs in innovation and show them how the schools are approaching education in different ways.

Syndicate meetings: International participants join together to develop new knowledge through in-depth conversation and gain deeper insights into the more critical issues of education and schooling.

Knowledge in the classroom: Teaching sessions in the form of seminars, hands-on workshops and presentations that support the learning cover:

  • Globalization and implications for teaching and learning
  • Leaders as strategic thinker
  • Leading innovation and gaining competitive advantage
  • Enhancing knowledge creation and innovation capacity
  • Leading and managing contemporary schools
  • The new role of school principals

Academic Staff

NIE academic staff offer an impressive blend of academic credentials and professional experience. Participants will work with both seasoned professors in educational leadership and practitioner-leaders from schools. NIE staff enjoy international recognition for their research and writing in educational leadership and the principals, who are part of the programme team, are amongst the finest leaders in Singapore education.

How Will Participants Benefit?

Participants will learn about the latest developments in school leadership. They will learn about leading schools in times of rapid and unpredictable change. They will gain first-hand experience of Singapore's schools. They will meet and work with peers from other systems and help to develop an international learning community. The experiences in the learning journey will encourage you to think deeply about your role as a leader.


On successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded the Leaders in Education Programme International Certificate.


In order to gain the Certificate, participants must attend the whole programme and meet the assessment requirements. The two major assessment tasks are to design an innovation and to complete a learning journal. There are no formal examinations.

Course Duration

The course is scheduled from 22 July to 2 August 2019.


Current fee is SGD4,280.00 (inclusive of 7% GST). The fees must be paid in full at least one month prior to the programme's start date. Once a place is offered, on acceptance, applicants must pay a non-refundable deposit of S$400.

Air Fare and Accommodation

Air fare and accommodation are to be borne by the participants. On payment of a deposit, the Office is able to help arrange for accommodation at corporate rates in a quality hotel.

Transport and Meals

Transport to and from NIE, school visits and other places visited during the programme will be covered for participants staying at LEPI-appointed hotels. LEPI fees include tea breaks and lunch during the programme. Other meals, weekend costs, and personal incidental costs will be borne by participants. Public transport is inexpensive in Singapore. The cost of meals will also be borne by participants. Food in Singapore is relatively cheap and varied, including Muslim meals.