Past Event

Beijing Education Panel Series XI: The Rise of Alternative Education in China – The Road Ahead

November 6, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

Rising wages, soaring prosperities are making Chinese parents increasingly opting for non-traditional ways of educating their children.

On November 6, please join Columbia Global Centers | Beijing at the eleventh discussion of the Center's Education Panel Series entitled "The Rise of Alternative Education in China – The Road Ahead", exploring alternative methods and the challenges ahead to fully realize children's potential.

  • In the context of its long standing traditional education system, is Chinese society at large ready to adopt and endorse rising movement of alternative approaches in education?

  • Does China have enough qualified and trained teachers?

  • Do Chinese parents have good parenting models and examples?

  • Can Chinese leadership deliver on its promise of curriculum and assessment reforms?

Clearly there are persistent challenges ahead in the way of successful implementation of alternative education methods in China.



Angela Curry, Director of AP Program at RDFZ

Curry has been working in international education for the past 17 years. Her career began in Guinea, West Africa while serving as a United States Peace Corps volunteer. She subsequently spent four years living and working on the Navajo Nation Indian reservation as a graduate fellow at Western New Mexico University in the United States. With a focus on leadership and policy, Angela spent six years in the United Arab Emirates as part of a local education reform effort, primarily training and empowering women educators in the region. She is currently the head of the AP Program at the RDFZ International Curriculum Center in Beijing, China and an AP Capstone teacher, focused on ways students can connect and synthesize information in order to develop meaningful solutions to real world problems.


Richard H. Gehman, Founding Head of School at UCCG

Gehman has a vast experience in the education sector having worked as an administrator for over 35 years in the USA and Iran. He is an alumnus of Princeton University with specialization in Asian studies and Sociology. He has a masters degree from University of Massachusetts in Educational Policy, Research and Administration with a concentration in International Education. He served as a school principal in the USA for over 30 years, first in The Savannah Country Day School, Georgia and later on in Oak Hall School, Florida. He has been in China since 2017 and acting as the founding head of UCCG school in Beijing.


Xinyue GUO TC '17

Founder of Heart Space; President of Xi'an Federation of Innovation and maker education

Guo has been working teenagers in the past six years. She holds a Master Degree in Politics and Education from Columbia University and bachelor of labor economics from Renmin University of China. Now She is the chairman of Xi'an Innovation Maker Education Federation and works as a member of the Higher Education Branch of the Shaanxi Education Examination and Evaluation Research Association. She was rated "The entrepreneurial hero of Xi'an" in 2018 and the "Asian Young Change maker" of the Ashoka Foundation, one of the top social public entrepreneurs organization in the world. She had participated in numerous large-scale educational investment research projects and educational charity projects. In 2013, she found HeartSpace that is devoted to push the educational equality through the education innovation and implementing the course standard of high quality.



6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.



7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Q&A


8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Informal Discussion


  • The event will be in English.
  • Due to limited seats, registration will be verified through the QR code confirmation. Please present your QR code at the entrance. 
  • Please plan to arrive no earlier than the registration time and no later than 20 minutes after the end of registration period.
  • If you are unable to attend the event, please inform us in advance. 
  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]