Past Event

On Campus: 2018 Columbia Future China Education Forum

April 14, 2018
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Cowin Auditorium, Teachers College, Columbia University
About the Forum 

The 2018 Future China Education Forum will highlight the key question, “What comes first, a question or an opportunity?” The theme arose from the dramatic increase of innovative solutions to traditional problems in education that exists across many borders. The discussion of the issue could shed light on the hidden rationales behind many decisions, and explain the successes and failures found in the cases we selected. Through panel discussions, we aspire to provide opportunities for all participants to share, to learn, to think and to question. 

The Future China Education Forum was founded in 2017 to provide a platform that allows critical thinkers and problem solvers from China and the United States to discuss education- related issues and ways to potentially solve them. These issues are varied; some are common to many countries across the globe, while others are unique to China.

The 2018 Forum is organized by Columbia University's Teachers College and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at TC (TCCSSA), and is supported by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing. 


8:00 - 8:30 a.m.   Guests and audience check-in 

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.   Forum Opening Ceremony 

9:05 - 10:35 a.m.   Panel A: Education Technology 

10:40 - 12:10 p.m.   Panel B: Non-cognitive Education 

12:15 - 1:45 p.m.   Lunch Break/ Lunch Social Event 

1:50 - 3:20 p.m.   Panel C: Early Childhood Education 

3:25 - 4:55 p.m.   Panel D: Underprivileged Education 

4:55 - 5:15 p.m.   Special Talk on cross-cultural communication 

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.   Future China Career Fair 



Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury 

Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN; Founder of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace 

Zhen Wei 

Associate Dean of School of Arts and Communication, Beijing Normal University, Fulbright Visiting Scholar 

Xiaoqiu Xu 

Sr. Director of Curriculum and Assessment, CEO Office at VIPKID 

Boyu Ning 

Founding partner of Blue Elephant Capital 

Reshan Richards 

Adjunct assistant professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and associate at Columbia University’s School for Professional Studies 

Nancy Otero 

Founding director of research and learning design, Portfolio School 

Zhou Zhou 

Former CCTV host, producer, founder of Beijing Youyang Growth Media 

Helen Verdeli 

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education 

Christina Young 

Director of Student Life at Riverdale Country School 

Xinyue Guo 

CEO of Heart Space 

Chenjian Li 

Former Vice Provost of Peking University, Executive Dean of Yuanpei College 

Hannah Chapman 

Success Academy SEL teacher 

Lei Chen 

Managing director of Shanghai Paddyfield Education & Technology Co., Ltd., the former director of China Welfare Institute Nursery, the 12th Shanghai Committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the executive council of Shanghai Young Intellectuals Association, Shanghai council member of Soong Ching Ling Foundation, Associate Professor and advisor for student teachers of East China Normal University. 

Nancy Schulman 

Head of the Early Learning Center at Avenues: The World School 

Wanzhen Feng 

Assistant professor of Faculty Education, Beijing Normal University 

Samuel Shreyar 

Lecturer, Teachers College, Columbia University 

Scott Rozelle 

Stanford University Economics Department and Rural Education Action Program 

Guiping Yang 

Co-Founder of the Zigen Fund for Grassroots Development in Rural China, Co-founder of China Zigen Rural Education and Development Association 

Hongru Luo 

Co-founders of Project Nous 

Yingxue Wang 

Co-founder of Project Nous 

Yushan Xie 

PM and fellow at Serve for China 

Lijuanren Zhong 

Chairman of Future China NGO 

Qiting Chen 

Director and CFO of Future China NGO 

Zhihong Li 

Alumnus graduate of the Dandelion School 

The 2018 Future China Education Forum