Mike Thiruman is the General Secretary of the Singapore Teachers' Union (STU). Mike is an educator with more than 25 years of experience in education research, teaching, curriculum development, educational project management and professional development.
As STU General Secretary, Mike serves in various committees in the Labour Movement in Singapore and internationally. He was the Vice-Chairman of the Public Sector Industrial Relations Committee and sat on the National Wages Council as well as the Lifelong Learning Council. Mike was elected as Vice-Chairperson in the Asia Pacific Regional Committee of Education International.
He represented the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) at a Teaching and Learning International Assessment (TALIS) Board meeting. He has worked with OECD on International Teacher Forums as well as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia country report on education.
Mike has developed and organised PD programmes as well as trained teachers and educators in areas such as Cooperative Learning, Critical Thinking, Problem-Based Learning, Active Learning, Brain-Based Learning and Differentiated Instruction amongst others in Singapore, Bhutan, Russia, Libya, Indonesia, the Philippines, UAE, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Colombia and India, in addition to conference presentations in Mexico, Russia, USA, Australia and Canada.