Second Global Education Forum takes place between University of Kansas and ECNU


Co-sponsored by ECNU and the University of Kansas, the 2nd Global Education Forum was held in ECNU from October 24-25. It is an annual event held for cooperation and dialogue among leaders of the world’s top schools and education institutes.  

More than 40 deans from the world's leading tertiary institutes of education participated in the forum, including deans from the United States, China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore and China's Hong Kong.  

Second Global Education Forum

The topic of "Leading the Future with Impact on Policy and Practice" led to some heated discussions about how to brace for the challenge in facing changes to education by 2035.

ECNU president Qian Xuhong addressed the forum on October 24. He updated the attendees on ECNU's internationalization strategy and education discipline programs, with a review on the 1st Global Education Forum that was held last year at ECNU. He noted that while facing a more complex future for society, individuals need to get more prepared for the opportunities and challenges that will be brought on by globalization, digitization, climate change and demographic changes. The forum provided a platform for global educators at the level of higher education to collaborate and share wisdom on how to tackle the existing and emerging challenges in education.


ECNU president Qian Xuhong delivers a welcome speech.

Prof. Yuan Zhenguo, dean of ECNU's Faculty of Education and co-chairman of the Global Education Forum, with Prof. Rick Ginsberg, dean of School of Education of Kansas University, gave keynote speeches. Prof. Yuan expounded on how to carry out research favorable to policy and practices that achieve desirable outcomes and meet expectations of different groups of people.


Prof. Yuan Zhenguo, dean of ECNU's Faculty of Education and co-chairman of the Global Education Forum

Professor Rick Ginsberg said he was more concerned about such topics as to what parents want for their children’s education, usage of AI in education, and why much of the academic research on the subject doesn't translate into practice.


Professor Rick Ginsberg presents a keynote speech.

Elaborating their insights on how education can expand on the influence of policies through practice. Many of the participants urged schools worldwide to push for more cooperation between universities and governments, to localize and digest education policies based on their own situations, and to make use of research and applied teaching.


  Forum discussion

The discussions were focused on the current situation of education policy and practice, key research fields and the influence of education schools on higher education in different countries. Each of them shared their experiences on how to promote interactions between academic researchers and government decision-makers. They also exchanged views on the present circumstance felt by young university teachers to conduct extensive research and the performance evaluation mechanism for college teachers. How to achieve research results, make use of media and social software, and engage with the public were also key themes at the forum.

Each dean then presented a TED talk centering on the topic, What is the most proudest innovative measure your school has taken?. The presentations covered a wide range of fields, including the combination of the Internet and technology, students' vocational competency cultivation, STEM course on teacher training, mental health maintenance for teaching faculty, teacher education, and university student recruitment.


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East China Normal University