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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 :

Does the Yidan Prize have different categories?

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Starting from 2017, the Yidan Prize gives out HK$60 million (around US$7.8 million) worth of awards on an annual basis. It comprises two categories: the Yidan Prize for Education Research, which recognizes outstanding research that makes significant contributions to education, and the Yidan Prize for Education Development, which recognizes innovative ideas that tackle pressing challenges in the field of education.

Q2 :

What will Yidan Prize Laureates receive?

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Each Yidan Prize Laureate (either an individual or a team up to three members) will receive a certificate, a gold medal and HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million) worth of awards – half of which is a cash prize and the remaining half is to be used as a project fund, distributed over three years.

Q3 :

How many Yidan Prize Laureates will be named each year?

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The Judging Committee will select two Laureates, one for the Yidan Prize for Education Research and the other one for the Yidan Prize for Education Development. Yidan Prize Laureates can either be individuals or teams (up to three members in each team). In case the winner is a team, the cash prize and project fund will be shared equally among the team members.

Q4 :

Who manages the Yidan Prize?

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To ensure transparency and sustainability, the Yidan 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).

Q5 :

Who selects the Yidan Prize Laureates?

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Chaired by Dr Koichiro MATSUURA, former director-general of UNESCO, the Judging Committee comprises two independent judging panels. They will screen all the valid nominations and select one candidate for each category. Mr Andreas SCHLEICHER, OECD’s Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, heads the judging panel for the Yidan Prize for Education Research, and Ms Dorothy K. GORDON, Chair of the UNESCO Information For All Programme, leads the panel for the Yidan Prize for Education Development. The list of chosen candidates will be given to the Board of Directors for approval and endorsement. Please click here for a complete member list of the Judging Committee.

Q6 :

Who can nominate a candidate for the Yidan Prize?

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Yidan Prize welcomes nominators from across different sectors and geographical regions. Nominators may be members of government bodies, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, and thought leaders in education and/or beyond. The nominator should have a thorough understanding of the nominee(s)’ work and can therefore make a creditable nomination.

The nomination system is built on our belief in celebrating one another’s work and achievements in the field of education. However, self-nomination is also accepted if the candidate can obtain recommendation letters from at least three supporters (at least two for regular nominations).

Directors, Judging Committee members and Advisory Committee members of the Yidan Prize are not eligible to make nominations or be nominated. In addition, nominators and supporters should not be family members of the nominee(s) or anyone who would possibly lead to a perceived, potential or actual conflict of interest.

Q7 :

What do I do if I want to nominate someone for the Yidan Prize?

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You should first register a nominator account at our online nomination platform and then prepare your nomination. Please note that all nominations and supporting documents must be submitted in English through the online platform.

Q8 :

What makes a nomination valid?

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A nomination is valid if submitted through the online nomination system before the nomination deadline, and includes the following supporting documents:

  1. a nomination form completed in English and in accordance with the word limits specified for each section;
  2. a minimum of two recommendation letters by supporters that endorse the nominee’s achievement. For self-nomination, a minimum of three recommendation letters of support are required;
  3. CV of the nominee; and
  4. copies of published & peer-reviewed education research of the nominee if it is a nomination for the Education Research category.
  5. Optional item:
    A 2-minute video from the nominee(es) on how he/ she/ they would use the project funding of HK$15 million (about US$1.9million) if nominee(s) is/ are selected as the Laureates. Please note that the absence of a video will not disqualify your nomination.

Q9 :

Does the Yidan Prize accept self-nominations?

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Yes. Self-nominations are accepted but only in exceptional cases. At least three recommendation letters of support are required for each self-nomination.

Q10 :

Is there an age limit for the Yidan Prize?

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Q11 :

Is it possible to nominate someone for a posthumous Yidan Prize?

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No. We do not accept posthumous nominations.

Q12 :

Can I nominate a team of people for the Yidan Prize?

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Yes. Nominees can either be individuals or teams. In case of a team nomination, the team shall consist of no more than three persons, and the team members have played a critical part in an achievement. They can be teachers, researchers, academics, policymakers, advocates, etc.

Q13 :

Is there a limit on the number of nominations that each nominator can submit?

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No. Each nominator can submit as many nominations as they wish.

Q14 :

When is the nomination deadline?

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The nomination period normally begins in September and runs until March in the next year.

In light of global challenges due to Covid-19, an extended deadline for submission of nominations would now be set for 30 April, 2020, 23:59 (Hong Kong Time, UTC+8). Only completed nominations submitted through the online nomination platform by the deadline will be entered into the selection and judging process.

Q15 :

What are the judging criteria?

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Presented annually, the Yidan Prize recognizes and supports individuals around the world whose forward-looking innovations are set to have sustainable impacts on the education system of today and tomorrow. Each nomination will be reviewed according to a set of rigorous criteria in order to identify the very best individuals. These criteria are “future-oriented,” “innovative,” “transformative” and “sustainable.”

Q16 :

Can I re-submit an unsuccessful nomination in the subsequent year?

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Yes. Nominators are welcome to submit the unsuccessful nomination again in the subsequent or another year.

Q17 :

Can recommendation letters be re-submitted?

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Yes. As long as the supporters agree to endorse the nomination again.

Q18 :

Will you publish any information on nominees of that particular year?

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No. Information pertaining to the nominees is confidential. The Yidan Prize Foundation, including staff members, Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and Judging Committee, will not disclose such information.

Q19 :

When will the announcement for the Yidan Prize Laureates be made?

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The Yidan Prize Laureates will be announced annually in September.

Q20 :

When will the Awards Presentation Ceremony be held?

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The Yidan Prize Awards Presentation Ceremony will take place in December every year.

Q21 :

Are there any other events or activities apart from the Awards Presentation Ceremony?

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The Yidan Prize Summit is to be held annually right after the Awards Presentation Ceremony. The Yidan Prize Conference Series will also be held in Asia Pacific, the Americas and Europe from December onwards. The Yidan Prize Laureates, international education experts and professionals will be invited as speakers to share their views on the best education practices as well as the most pressing challenges ahead.