Dr. Yong Zhao currently serves as Foundations Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas and was previously the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education at the University of Oregon. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University. Previously, Dr. Zhao served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, Executive director of the Confucius Institute and the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.
His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. With numerous books and articles to his credit, some recent works include World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World.
This session is designed for educators and entrepreneurs at all levels.
How can we prepare our students to be global, creative, and entrepreneurial? What kind of schools cultivate these talents? Massive changes brought about by population growth, technology, and globalization demand that we create opportunities for “mass entrepreneurship”. Entrepreneurship extends to social entrepreneurship, policy entrepreneurship, and intrapreneurship. To cultivate these creative talents requires a paradigm shift in education—from employee-oriented education to entrepreneur-oriented education, from prescribing children’s education to supporting their learning, and from reducing human diversity to a few employable skills to enhancing individual talents. In the morning Dr. Zhao will present and discuss conclusions drawn from a broad review of current global evidence from economics and education as reflected in his recent books noted below. The workshop will also feature an opportunity to engage with Dr. Zhao in an interactive discussion of educational solutions.