Past Event

Columbia Global Centers | Beijing Education Panel Series VII

May 19, 2019
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

On May 19, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing invites you to the seventh panel discussion of the Center's Education Series, focusing on the status quo and development of the innovative schools in China.

Five panelists will discuss the practice of local innovative schools and education and will share their perspectives on how schools and families can help prepare their children for the 21st century, not only to pass the examinations.




Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Institute of International and Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University; Member of the Executive Committee of the World Comparative Education Societies; Assistant Secretary General of Comparative Education Society for Asia; Former Adjunct associate professor, Faculty of education, Columbia University; Short-term consultant to the World Bank Global Education Partnership

Teng has long been engaged in comparative education research. Her main research areas include international organization education policy, 21st century core literacy, global competence, global education governance, international education, and development education. 


Marina Lee

Marina currently serves as the Executive Director of Cogita Education Initiatives, developing programs and managing teams to assist families, many international, with navigating the American educational landscape. 

With over twenty years of experience as an educator, Marina has worked with countless students making the transition into empowered and able leaders, and schools designing internationalization strategy and developing intercultural sensitivity to help international students grow and develop their passion and voice.


Nick Kovalevich

Nick is the Founder of Crestwood Advisors, an education technology company specializing in spoken English coaching, evaluation, and assessment. Prior to Crestwood, he was Chief Operating Officer at Base Media, a Beijing-based film production and content development company of over 500 employees, with credits including Monster Hunt (捉妖记), Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Captain America: Civil War. Prior to working at Base, he was a Hong-Kong based consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Nick has a B.A. Psychology from Columbia University in the City of New York, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He speaks fluent mandarin Chinese.


Will YI

MPA, Cornell University; Head of Development Center at Moonshot Academy, Beijing

Worked in camp education, public school curriculum reform and educational investment. Initiated "Youthquake" summer program in 2017, aiming to bring high-quality camp experience to disadvantaged students in rural areas.


  • The event will be in Chinese and English.

  • Due to limited seats, registration will be verified through the QR code confirmation. Please present your QR code at the entrance. 

  • Registration begins 30 minutes prior to the program. 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]