In a great university where opportunities abound and conscious efforts are continuously made to ensure prolific interaction between research and teaching, great research and teaching operate in tandem. As NUS aspires to be a leading world-class research-intensive university, we believe it is fundamental that teaching is given equal emphasis and support as research. Staff research can benefit from student learning and vice versa. This form of collaborative learning will challenge our faculty to think in new ways, acquire new insights and derive new knowledge.

This fifth edition of Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn: A Handbook for NUS Teachers serves as an invaluable resource to help our faculty explore and expand the relationship between teaching and research. It is intended to serve as a conduit for collaborations between teachers and students. I urge our faculty to approach teaching with as much fervour and passion as we do research. Not only will such pursuits enhance student learning outcomes and bring forth the transformation of our students to be effective and self-directed learners, it may set you on an amazing journey of academic exploration and growth.

Professor Tan Eng Chye
Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost
National University of Singapore
July 2008