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Reach for Greatness: Personalisable Education for All - Professor Yong Zhao

Professor Yong Zhao

Foundation Distinguished Professor

School of Education

University of Kansas, USA and

Professor in Educational Leadership

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

University of Melbourne, Australia

Date: November 23, 2020 (Monday)

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 nn (HKT)

"… (we) want students to be self-determined learners, that means they are the owners of their own learning… They come to schools, schools serve them. They will be driven by their interest, by their talents and their work with schools to make that happen. This is how we want our students to be successful in the future... they are going to be creative and entrepreneurial."

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In this lecture, Professor Zhao calls for paradigm shift in education. He brings extensive evidence to show that every child has both potential and need to become great. To help each and every child achieve his/her greatness, we need a different kind of education that focuses on enhancing the unique strengths and passion of each child. Education is to help each and every child discover and develop their strengths and passions with the goal to create value for others and the world. To do so, we need to make education personalisable by the child, instead of personalised for the child.

About the Speaker Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas, USA and a professor in educational leadership at Melbourne Graduate School of Education at University of Melbourne, Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Professor Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

Professor Zhao’s works focus on the implications of globalisation and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes(2016), Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes (2015), Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (2009)and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (2012). For more information, please visit:


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