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Symposia Series | Reset the Future: Global Competence Education for the 21st Century

September 19, 2020 - February 2, 2021
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The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has toppled the international order. This situation in turn leads to rising tensions between people from different communities, ethnicities, regions, standpoints, and interests, adding further momentum to the deglobalization trend.

At such an unprecedented moment, global competence education becomes more important than ever before. The core purpose of global competence education is to equip the young generation with the skills and knowledge to appreciate and effectively engage with diverse societies and to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

Reset the Future is a long-run thematic symposia series launched by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing. From September 2020 to February 2021, global education leaders, scholars, and social entrepreneurs will convene to discuss the role of educators in helping young people to develop global competence, and how global learning approaches can be integrated throughout science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.


Saturday, September 19

Participating panelists include Dr. Hope Leichter, Dr. Howard Gardner, and Dr. Mingyuan GU from Columbia University, Harvard University, and Beijing Normal University. They will discuss the importance of global competence education and how we can help the next generation prepare for today's rapidly changing and complex world.

Points to be covered:

  • What is global competence?
  • Why do we need global competence?
  • How to teach your children global citizenship?
  • Why is STEAM education important to global competence?


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This panel discussion will bring together experts and practitioners in this field within and outside the system to share and exchange practical insights from diverse background. Participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by China, the U.S., and other countries in their respective stages in promoting global competence education, and explore the value and potential of cross-cultural, interdisciplinary art education in cultivating global competence.

The discussion will focus on four major topics of the global competence education: developmental background, core elements, framework, and assessment criteria.

This panel discussion will focus on innovations in global competence education for students of different age groups in various school systems. We encourage educators to embrace different views and a variety of approaches in educational development, highlight successes and limits of current approaches as they emerged from experiences, and address alternative ways and solutions.

This panel discussion will focus on the global competence training for teachers and educators. Participants will discuss the specific reforms, implementations, and social resources that can be utilized to prepare globally competent teachers for different student age groups and academic disciplines.

This panel discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities in developing global competence education in educational non-profits and the impact of globalization on education equity. Participants will discuss ways to promote global competency skills among disadvantaged populations and people with special needs. It will also explore the importance of arts and philanthropy education in global competence education.


Potentional Speakers

Hope Jensen Leichter, Elbenwood Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and Director of the Elbenwood Center for the Study of Family

Ruth Vinz, Professor in English Education and the Enid and Lester Morse Endowed Professor in Teacher Education; Founding Director of the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers at Teachers College, Columbia University

Roberta Lenger Kang, Director of the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers at Teachers College, Columbia University

Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Mingyuan GU, Professor at Institute of International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University

Shengquan YU, Professor of Education and Director of Advanced Innovation Center for Future Education, Beijing Normal University

Qingsheng ZHU, Professor of Peking University and Director of the Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art

Wei ZHEN, Professor at School of Arts & Communication, Beijing Normal University

Shan HUANG, Chief Principal of Experimental Kindergarten of Beijing Normal University

Catherine Copeland, Head of Primary School, Beijing Keystone Academy

Xiaodong LU, Researcher at Peking University School of Education

Neelam Chowdhary, Director of the Global Learning Program at Asia Society

Jun TENG, Professor of Education, Beijing Normal University

Shaochun YIN, Professor of Arts, Capital Normal University

Chuanbao TAN, Professor of Education, Beijing Normal University

Yasmine Sherif, Director of Education Cannot Wait

Hong ZHENG, Principal of Dandelion Middle School


In Partnership With

Columbia University Teachers College

Beijing Normal University School of Arts and Communication

BNU-ANOBO Children's Global Competence Research Committee