The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) recently launched an international research report on 21st century skills at a media roundtable in Beijing, China.
The WISE Research Report, entitled ‘Education for the Future: The Global Experience of Developing 21st Century Skills and Competencies’, describes the wide range of education priorities outlined by countries and international organisations. The report, produced in collaboration with Beijing Normal University (BNU), offers advice for policy makers on how to develop effective networks and education systems to cultivate skills and competencies.
WISE, an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), was represented at the event by Dr Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research, who spoke during the roundtable. Dr Al-Fadala introduced WISE to the Beijing audience, focusing on the WISE Research Series and upcoming engagements and programmes. Dr Al-Fadala also told guests WISE would continue to collaborate with scholars and experts around the world to produce new research on the most crucial topics in global education.
“I would like to congratulate the BNU team for this timely report which challenges us all to consider diverse global perspectives on the skills our students, in many environments, need, and how we can support them today and in the future,” Dr Al-Fadala commented. Dr Al-Fadala said,“The professional environment is becoming more and more complicated,” and that schools are responsible for helping young people “to better prepare for their future by adopting 21stcentury skills and competencies” and “to cultivate entrepreneurship.”
Prof. Jian Liu
President, China Education Innovation Institute, Beijing Normal University
Jian Liu’s major appointments are Doctoral Supervisor, Chief Expert and Vice Dean of Collaborative Innovation Center of Assessment toward Basic Education Quality, Vice Chairman of Education and Culture Committee of the Central Committee of the Jiu San Society and Dean of China Academy of Education Innovation.
This report has been reviewed by
- Dr. Chris Tan, Director of R&D, Learning Ecology
- Dr. Miao Fengchun, Chief, ICT in Education, Teacher Development and Education Policies, UNESCO
With contributions from
- Dr. Rui Wei, Associate Professor in the Institute of Chemical Education, Beijing Normal University (BNU), and Vice Director for China Education Innovation Institute at BNU
- Dr. Cheng Liu, Lecturer, College of Life Science in Beijing Normal University, China
- Mr. Man Shi, PhD Candidate, Lecturer of School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Beijing Normal University and Research Fellow at Center for Foreign Language Education and Teacher Education, Beijing Normal University, China
- Dr. Pingyan Zhou, Lecturer at National Assessment of Education Quality, Beijing Normal University, China
- Dr. Ying Wang, Associate professor of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the School of Education Science, Wuhan University and Academic Counselor of the Liu Daoyu Educational Foundation of Hubei province, China
China - Tsinghua University Bin Yang, Vice President, Provost, Tsinghua University, Professor, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University; Professor of Department of Leadership and Organization Management in School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University; Director of Tsinghua Center for Leadership Development and Research; Joint academic director of Harvard - Tsinghua -CEIBS cooperation SEPC (senior manager of course) project; Concentrating on studying, teaching and training in fields of organization leadership, corporation and society etc. Luping Xu, Director, Center of Open FIESTA, Tsinghua University. Luping Xu received his PhD in Physics at Peking University in 2008, after which he spent four years at INSERM of France for Post-doc research on interdisciplinary study of life science and participated in diverse projects on innovation in education and research at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity at Paris. Currently, Luping is an Associate Professor of Nano Biotechnology at Tsinghua University, China. He is the Founding Director of Open FIESTA center, a joint Franco-Chinese center between Tsinghua University and CRI to foster global open innovation on education, science, technology and art. Luping is also the deputy Director of Center for Nano and Micro Mechanics of Tsinghua University. Tieying Xu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. Her research mainly focuses on Higher Education Management, Graduate Education and Comparative Education.