The Yidan Prize is an inclusive education award that recognizes individuals, or up to three-member teams, who have contributed significantly to education research and development.
The prize aims to progress learning by building a global community committed to advancing ideas in education.
The Yidan Prize Foundation was formally established in 2016 by Dr Charles CHEN Yidan, a philanthropist, entrepreneur and lifelong learner.
Each year, they award the Yidan Prize to individuals and teams in two areas:
• Education Research: The theory of learning—science, psychology, statistics—that can help educators understand different approaches with a methodical lens.
• Education Development: Policy and practice in learning: new methods and ways to make education more widespread—so they can champion techniques that work
They award each year’s laureates a gold medal and a total sum of HK$30 million—half is a cash prize to recognize their contribution to the sector; the other half is a project fund distributed over three years to support the laureate’s work.
Nominating candidates for the Yidan Prize
Nominators are typically members of government bodies, non-governmental organizations, professional associations and individual thought leaders.
The nominator should be a credible witness to the impact of the nominee(s).
Nominees can be either individuals or teams of up to three members. They can be teachers, researchers, academics, policymakers and education advocates.
Self-nominations are accepted, however posthumous nominations are not.