Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe Convened at Cambridge University

Top-notch educators explored ways to tackle future challenges through education

�- 6�March, 2019 -�The Yidan Prize Foundation and Jesus College, the University of
Cambridge brought globally renowned speakers to the Yidan Prize Conference
Series: Europe on 4 March to discuss how education can be improved to better
meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Welcoming remark by Dr Charles Chen Yidan, Founder of the Yidan Prize at the Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe

Welcoming remark by Professor Stephen TOOPE, Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge at the Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe�

The two 2018 Yidan Prize laureates, Professor Larry Hedges and Professor Anant Agarwal Laureate had an in-depth discussion with educators at at the Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2019 taking place in Jesus College, University of Cambridge

The conference debated
what makes a great education, discussed the role of NGOs, assessments, EdTech
and data. Findings of the 2018 Worldwide Educating For the Future Index
(WEFFI), commissioned by the Yidan Prize Foundation and compiled by the
Economist Intelligence Unit for the second consecutive year, were presented.
Speakers included:

  • Dr Charles
    CHEN Yidan, Founder of the Yidan Prize
  • Professor
    Stephen TOOPE, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge
  • Professor
    Anant AGARWAL, Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate 201
  • Professor
    Larry HEDGES, Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018
  • Professor
    Sir Leszek BORYSIEWICZ, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Bo
    Stjerne THOMSEN, LEGO Foundation
  • Dr David HALPERN,
    Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team and National What Works
    QS Quacquarelli Symonds
  • Trisha SURESH, Economist
    Intelligence Unit

WEFFI is the first comprehensive index that
evaluates inputs into education systems rather than outputs, such as test
scores. The index
has expanded its
list of covered economies from 35 to 50, representing nearly 93% of global GDP
and 89% of the world's population. Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand are the
top three performers in the index.

WEFFI assesses the 50 economies on dozens
of indicators, focusing on the policy environment (30% weight), the teaching
environment (50% weight) and the socio-economic environment (20% weight).

Nomination deadline of the Yidan Prize
2019 is 31 March, 2019

Dr. Charles CHEN Yidan, founder of the
Yidan Prize
Education goes
beyond race, religion, economic status or country of origin. I hope the Yidan
Prize Conference Series: Europe

will help facilitate
an actionable way forward towards
a brighter, more equitable future for all. By creating WEFFI, we hope to provide
a useful benchmark, helping provide data and independent analysis for
policymakers and educators around the world."

Professor Stephen TOOPE, Vice-Chancellor
of University of Cambridge
said, "The Yidan prize provides us with an
opportunity to recognise the power of education in making the world a better
place, and to celebrate the role of evidence-based research in supporting that
important mission. I am grateful to Jesus College for agreeing to be our hosts,
bringing the Yidan conference to Europe for the second successive year.
Cambridge has a long and proud history of research into the practice of
education -- whether through our Faculty of Education's involvement in projects
overseas, or on our own doorstep, working with teachers and schools in Cambridge
and the surrounding region."

Educating For the Future Index 2018 Top 10 Performers


Score (out of 100)





New Zealand














United Kingdom


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

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