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The Yidan Prize

Founded in 2016 by Dr Charles Chen Yidan, a core founder of Tencent, the Yidan Prize has a mission of creating a better world through education. It consists of two awards, the Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development. Yidan Prize Laureates each receives a gold medal and a total sum of HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million), half of which is a cash prize while the other half is a project fund. To ensure transparency and sustainability, the prize is managed by the 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 aims to establish a platform for 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 Summit Set An Outlook For The Future Of Education | Over 350 world leaders exchange insights and strategies for redefining education

11 December 2017, Hong Kong – With today’s education system remaining crucial to equipping the new generation for the increasingly complex and uncertain future, the world’s largest international prize in education – the Yidan Prize – presents the inaugural Yidan Prize Summit to navigate effective ways to revolutionize education to propel mankind into an …

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Responses to COVID-19 and New Insights in Education Revealed at AVPN Conference: Collaboration between the OECD and the Yidan Prize Foundation Brings New Insights in Education and BRAC Focuses on Women as Change Agents in Response to COVID-19

(11 June 2020, Hong Kong) Mr Andreas Schleicher gave a keynote speech on “Scaling Excellence in Education” at the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) Virtual Conference 2020 today …

Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 Held at Cambridge, with a Focus on Important Global Education Issues | Cooperation Between the Two Organizations Deepened, Advance Global Education Together

(11 March 2020, Cambridge) Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 was held at Jesus College, the University of Cambridge. This year’s conference focused on two themes: education and international development; wellbeing and education.

Dr Charles Chen Yidan, Founder of Yidan Prize Presents the Prestigious Award to Professor Usha Goswami at Cambridge University

(10 March 2020, Cambridge) Dr Charles Chen Yidan, founder of the Yidan Prize visited the United Kingdom this week to present the prestigious award to Professor Usha Goswami at the University of Cambridge.