New Yidan Prize Set to Transform Global Education

On May 22nd, the Yidan Prize unveiled the world’s largest education awards scheme, and called for nominations for the inaugural awards. Winners of the Yidan Prize will be announced in September 2017 and a ceremony to be held December the same year in Hong Kong.

Held at Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, this exclusive gala evening started with a cocktail networking opportunity, then is followed by keynote remarks by Charles Chen Yidan, founder of the Yidan Prize, Clive Lee, chief executive officer of the Yidan Prize Foundation and The Honorable John Tsang Chun-wah, GBM, JP, Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.

The event also featured inspiring and thought-provoking discussion over dinner from influential, high-profile luminaries. Moderated by Mr Christopher Clague, Senior Editor, Thought Leadership, The Economist Intelligence Unit, the discussion was joined by prominent speakers that include:

  • Dr Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  • Dr Koichiro Matsuura, Former Director-General, UNESCO
  • Prof Paul Chu Ching-wu, Professor of Physics, T. L. L. Temple Chair of Science, University of Houston
  • Ms Dorothy Gordon, Director-General, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT

Discussion: Future of Education

The world education is in the midst of transformation. While technology such as MOOCs and adaptive learning has revolutionized education in ways previously thought impossible, the future of education will face new challenges: automation, rising student debts and among many others. As one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations has a mission to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030. Can this goal be achieved? How?

·      What are the most defining trends of education by 2030?

·      How do these trends affect education?

·      What could hinder the world from achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

·      Who should take the lead on ensuring education future-proof enough for the new global reality?

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Yidan Prize Forecast Education to 2030

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