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The Yidan Prize

Founded in 2016 by Dr Charles CHEN Yidan, Yidan Prize has a mission to create a better world through education. Yidan Prize consists of two awards: Yidan Prize for Education Research and Yidan Prize for Education Development. Yidan Prize Laureate receives a gold medal and a total sum of HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million). Half of this amount is  a cash prize and the other half is to be used as a project fund. To ensure transparency and sustainability, the prize is managed by Yidan Prize Foundation and governed by an independent trust with an endowment of HK$2.5 billion (around US$323 million). Through a series of initiatives, the prize serves to establish a platform that allows the global community to engage in conversation around education and to play a role in education philanthropy.

The World’s Largest Education Prize

2019 Laureates



Zero to infinity: How education unlocks endless possibilities

The Lee Kong Chian School of Business presented the SMU Visionary Series at Singapore Management University (SMU) on 31 May 2019. The SMU Visionary Series is an opportunity to hear from eminent leaders who have demonstrated the power of ideas to change attitudes, societies and the world as we know it.

Second Yidan Prize Summit Sets Forth Ideas for Educating for the Future

10 December 2018, Hong Kong – The second Yidan Prize Summit took place in Hong Kong on 10 December 2018, featuring the Prize’s second cycle of laureates – Professor Larry V. HEDGES of Northwestern University and Professor Anant AGARWAL of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)…

Yidan Prize Inaugural Laureates honored at Harvard Graduate School of Education

7 February 2018, Hong Kong – Dr Charles CHEN Yidan, the Founder of the world’s biggest education prize – the Yidan Prize – visited Harvard Graduate School of Education together with the two Yidan Prize inaugural laureates, Professor Carol S. DWECK and Ms Vicky COLBERT, to meet with world leading academia and educators on …

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Dr Charles Chen Yidan, Founder of Yidan Prize Presents the Prestigious Award to Sir Fazle’s Family in Dhaka, Bangladesh

(23 January 2020, Dhaka) Dr Charles Chen Yidan, founder of the Yidan Prize visited Dhaka, Bangladesh this week to present the prestigious award. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s daughter and son accepted the award on his behalf at BRAC Head Office in Dhaka.

Yidan Prize Foundation Releases WEFFI 2019, Finland Continues to Top the Index

(14 January 2020, HONG KONG) The Yidan Prize Foundation (YPF) released the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI) 2019, which was founded by YPF and the Economist Intelligence Unit was commissioned for its production. The latest report shows that Finland topped the index among 50 economies, with its well-established education system and excellent performance in cultivating “future capabilities”.

edX Launches MicroBachelors Programs, an Online Undergraduate-Level Credential with the support of Yidan Prize Foundation

(9 January 2020, HONG KONG) edX announced the launch of its MicroBachelors Programs with the support of Yidan Prize Foundation. Anant AGARWAL is the founder and CEO of edX, and also the Laureate of Yidan Prize for Education Development 2018.