Institute of Education


The IOE welcomes prominent Chinese philanthropist to discuss future of education

7 December 2016

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Today (7 December) the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) welcomed a delegation led by Mr Charles Chen Yidan, co-founder of one of China's largest internet companies, Tencent, and founder of the Yidan Prize Foundation to discuss the future of education.

The IOE's Director, Professor Becky Francis, chaired the meeting, which also heard from Professor Celia Hoyles on the IOE's transformative work in education technology, Professor Toby Greany on the IOE's work in school leadership and improvement, and Professor Elaine Unterhalter on the IOE's work in education and international development. 

Professor Francis said:

"We were delighted to meet with colleagues from the Yidan Prize Foundation. We share the goal of expanding access to and quality in education in the context of a rapidly changing world. By recognising outstanding contributions to educational research and development that address global challenges in this field, the Yidan Prize is a very welcome development and a powerful call to action".

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The Yidan Prize is the largest international educational award in the world. It recognises individuals whose work makes profound contributions to education research and development, with the ultimate aim of creating a better world through education.

The meeting was part of the Foundation's tour of education stakeholders in Europe.

Speaking about his visit to Europe, Mr. Chen said:

"I founded the Yidan Prize to support ideas that can change the lives of people around the world by encouraging innovation and forward-thinking in education, and have been greatly encouraged and stimulated by the many productive meetings I have had during my visit to Europe.

"From my own experience with Tencent and since then as a philanthropist supporting educational initiatives in China, I understand the potential of technology to transform global education, and with 47 percent of people globally now using the internet this potential is growing by the day. Such tremendous advances in connectivity now mean that we can bring learning opportunities to communities that previously did not have them, and leverage technology and innovation to raise standards and levels of education worldwide."

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Nominations for the Prize are currently open, and will be accepted until March 2017.