Over 350 world leaders exchange insights and strategies for redefining education
HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 11 December, 2017 – 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 era of human-machine interdependence.
Welcome remarks by Dr Charles Chen Yidan
Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Carol S. Dweck, Yidan Prize for Education Research Inaugural Laureate
Vicky Colbert, Yidan Prize for Education Development Inaugural Laureate
With the theme “Education Redefined: The Future is Now”, the summit brings together more than 350 global leaders including business leaders, policy makers, and senior representatives from multilaterals, NGOs and academia to discuss how we collaborate across sectors and how we respond to the inevitable challenges in an innovative, sustainable, transformative and scalable approach.
The event features prominent speakers that include the Prize’s inaugural laureates — Professor Carol S. Dweck of Stanford University and Vicky Colbert, founder and director of Fundación Escuela Nueva in Colombia — H.E Dr Ahmed Al-Eissa, Minister of Education, Saudi Arabia; Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Dr Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO; Jaime Saavedra, Senior Director, Education, World Bank Group; and among others distinguished businesses, academics and government officials. The full day summit offers a platform for outcome-driven dialogues around topics such as:
- Classroom of the Future: Implementing Innovative Learning – How can innovative educational technologies be integrated into today’s classroom to create a more engaging, inspiring and effective learning experience?
- Investing in Future-Ready Education – What are the opportunities for productive and mutually beneficial collaboration between investors and educators that will future-proof education for the younger generation?
- Closing the Skills Gap in an Automated World – What can be done to fill the gap between the skills taught in school and those required for a vastly different marketplace of the future?
- Everyone Counts – Education for All by 2030 – What needs to happen in the next 12 years to achieve this UN Sustainable Development Goals?
“At the inaugural Yidan Prize Summit, we have a wealth of experience gathered together here, from those who work on the front lines teaching to research and practice innovation to those investing in EdTech to ease the way for great technologies to reach the market, to formulate education policies that affect the direction of education resources investment. Such multi-stakeholder dialogue is critical to redefining education for a better future,” said Dr Charles Chen Yidan, Founder of the Yidan Prize and Core Founder of Tencent Holdings.
The inaugural laureates of the Yidan Prize accept the awards and each receives a gold medal from The Honorable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, GBM, GBS, at the Yidan Prize award presentation on December 10, 2017.
Nominations for the 2018 Yidan Prize are currently open, and will be accepted until March 31, 2018. To nominate, visit http://nomination.yidanprize.org.
About Yidan Prize
The Yidan Prize is founded by Dr Charles Chen Yidan, the core founder of Tencent Holdings Limited. The Prize aims to recognize and support change makers for their most forward looking innovation that can create sustainable impacts on education systems for a better future. The Prize comprises two categories – the Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development. The Prize is financed and governed by a HK$2.5 billion (about US$320 million) independent trust. Each prize carries an award of HK$30 million (about US$3.87 million), with a cash award of HK$15 million (about US$1.9 million), a further HK$15 million (about US$1.9 million) project fund, and a gold medal. Through a series of initiatives, the prize serves to provide a platform that allows the global community to engage in conversation around education and to play a role in education philanthropy. For more information, please visit www.yidanprize.org.