20 Mar 2018

MR No.: 014/18

Singapore, Tuesday, 20 March 2018

  1. More than 50,000 students in Brazil will soon enjoy a more Singaporean-style education. Established Singapore education player NIE International (NIEI) piloted a teacher training programme in the city of Joinville, Santa Catarina State, marking their first entry into Latin America. The programme is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) NIEI signed with one of Brazil’s largest non-governmental organisations (NGO), the Ayrton Senna Institute1 (IAS), to collaborate and improve the educational system in Brazil. The partnership was facilitated by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore.

  2. The partnership is in line with NIEI’s business plan to promote their expertise in teacher training and school leadership, both locally and internationally. NIEI has conducted such programmes in markets including China, Middle East and ASEAN countries.

  3. Leveraging the experience of IAS and its understanding of the education field in Brazil, NIEI hopes to facilitate the mutual sharing of best practices and expertise in pedagogy and educational leadership through providing teacher training and leadership training for the educators.

  4. Said Professor Paul Teng, Managing Director, NIEI, “This is an important first step that broadens NIEI’s international outreach efforts into a key region. We are grateful to IE Singapore for linking us with an influential local partner, the Ayrton Senna Institute, in our first venture into Brazil and look forward to this as a catalyst for expanded collaboration.”

  5. NIEI conducted the first five-day teacher training programme in Joinville from 5– 9 March 2018 for Math and Science. This was supported by IAS, which will also support and fund subsequent training activities. The pilot programme trained 30 Math and 30 Science public elementary school teachers who will return to their respective schools to share the learnings with other teachers, benefitting more than 50,000 elementary school students in the municipality. Following the pilot, IAS aims to replicate the teacher training programme in more cities across Brazil.

  6. IE Singapore connected NIEI to IAS and facilitated discussions for the partnership. IE Singapore is also working with IAS to bring in Singapore educational players across the value chain, including educational technology, content development and continuous learning as part of a comprehensive strategy to participate in Brazil’s educational ecosystem. Several projects are currently under discussion.

  7. Said Mr Khor Aik Lam, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, IE Singapore, “Brazil has placed strong focus on improving their education system in the past few years. Given Singapore’s established and well-received educational system, there are opportunities for Singapore educational players to collaborate with Brazil. IE Singapore will continue to work with partners to open doors for Singapore companies in Brazil and Latin America.”

  8. Public education in Brazil accounted for 16.1% of total government expenditure, taking up 5.2% of GDP in 20132. The Brazilian education field is expected to cross S$461.7 billion by 20203.

  9. The MOU was signed today at the NIE campus, witnessed by the Secretary of Education of Santa Catarina State, Mr. Eduardo Deschamps.






Note to Editor

Please use ‘IE Singapore’ if an acronym for ‘International Enterprise Singapore’ is required. Unless otherwise stated, the use of statistics cited in our media releases, website or Statlink, should be attributed to IE Singapore.

Please use ‘NIEI’ if an acronym for ‘NIE International Pte Ltd’ is required.

For media enquiries and/or event photos, please contact:

NIE International Pte Ltd
Dr Goh Chor Boon
General Manager/Associate Dean
DID: +65 6790 3025
Email: chorboon.goh@nie.edu.sg

Mr Wong Jia Rong
Manager, Media
Corporate Communications Group
DID: +65 6433 4886
Email : jia_rong_wong_from.tp@iesingapore.gov.sg


About NIE International Pte Ltd

NIE International, established since 2009, is the private education consultancy arm that offers NIE Singapore’s expertise and knowledge that has been accrued over 50 years of pedagogy, teaching and research. The business consultancy arm continues to share with the rest of the world teacher education and leadership education experiences that are customised and contextualised to a country’s education system and needs. Its garnered reputation has led to strong teacher education partnerships with government agencies, education ministries, schools and educational organisations. NIE International works closely with its partners to design and provide teacher education, and programmes innovative practices and builds positive learning outcomes within its community. It contributes to preparing professionals in niche areas comprising teacher training courses, school management training and educational leadership programmes.

About International Enterprise Singapore

IE Singapore is the government agency that promotes international trade and partners Singapore companies to go global.

We attract and anchor global trading companies in Singapore by promoting our unique advantages as a global trading hub. Today, Singapore is home to a complete ecosystem for the energy, agri-commodities and metals & minerals trading clusters.

Through our network of over 35 overseas centres and comprehensive assistance programmes, we partner Singapore companies to strengthen their global competitiveness.

IE Singapore will merge with SPRING Singapore to form Enterprise Singapore in Q2 2018. Enterprise Singapore will enable the growth of Singapore companies through an integrated support network to build business capabilities and access overseas markets.

Visit http://www.iesingapore.gov.sg for more information.



1 IAS is one of the largest NGOs in Brazil focusing on improving the standards of public school education. Originating from Formula One three-time champion Ayrton Senna, IAS has provided educational opportunities for children and youths for over 20 years. It currently supports the training of around 50,000 professionals per year, benefitting the education of more than 1.5 million students a year.

2 OECD Survey, 2013

3 KenResearch: www.Kenresearch.com/blog/2015/12/brazil-education-market-outlook-to-2020-driven-by-rising-preferences-for-higher-education-and-innovations-in-classroom-teaching