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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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Professor Usha GOSWAMI and Sir Fazle Hasan ABED KCMG Named Yidan Prize Laureates for 2019

19 September 2019, Hong Kong – The Yidan Prize, the world’s largest international prize in education, announces its 2019 laureates. Professor Usha GOSWAMI, Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, has been awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Research,while Sir Fazle Hasan ABED

Charles Chen Yidan shines a bright light on the power of education in unlocking endless possibilities at the inaugural SMU Visionary Series lecture

31 May 2019, Singapore – The SMU Visionary Series, presented by the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University (SMU), 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.

Yidan Prize Conference Series: The Americas sets an outlook for innovation and evidence-based research in education

EVANSTON, Ill. — A diverse array of experts from leading universities, research firms and nonprofit organizations met at Northwestern University to explore how research findings may address inequities and improve practice in education on May 23-24 for the Yidan Prize Conference Series: The Americas.