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Yidan Prize Laureates 2018 honored at the Yidan Prize Dialogue event in Boston

31 October 2018Cambridge – The Yidan Prize Foundation, which every year awards the world’s largest prize in education to leading educators and researchers, hosted a Yidan Prize Dialogue event on 30 October 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to several of the world’s leading universities.

The first-ever Yidan Prize Dialogue event highlighted the important accomplishments of Professor Larry V. HEDGES (winner of the 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Research) and Professor Anant AGARWAL (winner of the 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Development), and featured remarks from Harvard University Provost Alan GARBER, Massachusetts Institute of Technology President L. Rafael REIF, and Northwestern University President Morton O. SCHAPIRO.

Additionally, the event was attended by journalists from Argentina, Colombia, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dr Charles CHEN Yidan, Founder of the Yidan Prize, commented:
“By providing a platform of idea exchange, the Yidan Prize Dialogue event honored the accomplishments of the 2018 Yidan Prize Laureates and discuss with a diverse group of stakeholders the life-changing impact that education can have on lives. The aspirations of Professor Hedges and Professor Agarwal align with the Yidan Prize Foundation’s mission to create a better world through education.”

 Professor Anant AGARWAL, recipient of the 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Development, said:
“We were honored to have been able to host this group of esteemed journalists in Cambridge, and share the story of edX and our work to reimagine education and expand access to high quality education worldwide. It was inspiring to hear also from Professor Larry Hedges, and how our work shares the Yidan Prize Foundation’s vision to create a better world through accessible
education. I look forward to our convening in Hong Kong in December, where we will continue these incredible conversations and further our joint missions.”

Professor Larry V. HEDGES, recipient of the 2018 Yidan Prize for Education Research, added:
“I was honored to take part in the Yidan Prize Dialogue event in Cambridge, where I shared my personal experience and about how research can play a crucial role in forming evidence-based policy to improve education outcomes for future generations. I have seen firsthand the power education has to change lives, so I am excited to be involved together with the Yidan Prize Foundation to pursue new research and methods to better understand how we can help students learn better, teachers to teach better and schools to become more effective.”

The Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development will be awarded in Hong Kong on 9 December 2018. The ceremony will be followed by the Yidan Prize Summit on 10 December 2018. The laureates will be joined by approximately 350 practitioners, researchers, policymakers, business leaders, philanthropists and global leaders in education. During the summit, the Yidan Prize Foundation will launch the 2018 edition of the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index (WEFFI), the first comprehensive index to evaluate inputs into education systems rather than outputs, such as test scores. This year’s WEFFI has expanded its list of economies from 35 to 50, representing nearly 93% of global GDP and 89% of the world’s population. The purpose of creating the index is to have a benchmark targeting young people and future education in order to promote mutual understanding, cooperation and progress in education around the world.

Nominations for the next round of the Yidan Prize opened in late September.

The two 2018 Yidan Prize laureates, Professor Larry Hedges and Professor Anant Agarwal pose for a photo together after the Yidan Prize Dialogue event in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



About 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, 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 Yidan Prize Foundation and governed by an independent trust with an endowment of HK$2.5 billion. 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 Worldwide Educating for the Future Index 2018

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