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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there any specific categories for the Yidan Prize?
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The Yidan Prize, which gives out HK$60 million (around US$7.75 million) worth of awards annually starting from 2017, is divided into two categories: the Yidan Prize for Education Research, which recognizes outstanding research that contributes in significant ways to education, and the Yidan Prize for Education Development, which recognizes innovation ideas that tackle important challenges in the field of education.
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What will a Yidan Prize Laureate receive?
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Each Yidan Prize Laureate will receive a certificate, a gold medal and HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million) worth of awards, which include a cash prize of HK$15 million (around US$1.9 million) and a project fund of HK$15 million.
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How many Yidan Prize Laureates will be named each year?
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Two Laureates will be selected by the Judging Committee, one receiving the Yidan Prize for Education Research and the other the Yidan Prize for Education Development. Yidan Prize Laureates can be either individuals or a group/ team of up to three members, in which case the cash prize and project fund shall be shared among the group/ team members.
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Who manages the Yidan Prize?
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To ensure transparency and sustainability, the Yidan Prize is managed by the Yidan Prize Foundation and governed by an independent trust with an endowment of HK$2.5 billion (US$320 million).
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Who selects the Yidan Prize Laureates?
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Chaired by Dr Koichiro Matsuura, former director-general of UNESCO, the Judging Committee comprises two independent judging panels. They will screen the valid nominations and select two candidates respectively for the two aforementioned categories. Paul Chu Ching-wu, Professor of Physics and T.L.L. Temple Chair of Science at the University of Houston, heads the judging panel for the Yidan Prize for Education Research, and Dorothy K. Gordon, Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, leads the panel for the Yidan Prize for Education Development. The list of chosen candidates will be given to the Board of Directors for approval and endorsement. Please click HERE for a full member list of the Judging Committee.
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What are the judging criteria?
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Given on an annual basis, the Yidan Prize reaches out to the world to recognize and support individuals whose forward looking innovations are set to have sustainable impacts on the education system of today and tomorrow. Each nomination will be reviewed according to a set of rigorous criteria in order to identify the very best individuals. These criteria include “sustainability”, “a future-oriented vision”, “transformation” and “innovation”.
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Who can nominate a candidate for the Yidan Prize?
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The Yidan Prize invites nominators, including government bodies, non-government organizations, professional associations and thought leaders, to propose nominees for the prize. Self-nomination is allowed only in exceptional cases. Directors, Judging Committee members and Global Advisory Board members of the Yidan Prize are not eligible to make nominations or be nominated. In addition, nominators and supporters should not be relatives of the nominees.
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What do I do if I want to nominate someone for the Yidan Prize?
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You may make a nomination by using the online nomination form which will be available in late September.
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Are self-nominations acceptable?
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Yes. Self-nominations are acceptable but only in exceptional cases. At least three letters of support are required.
Q10
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Is it possible to nominate someone for a posthumous Yidan Prize?
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No, posthumous nominations will not be accepted.
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Can I nominate a group/ team of people for the Yidan Prize?
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Yes. Nominees can be either individuals or groups/ teams, each consisting of up to three persons who should have played a critical part in an achievement. They can be teachers, researchers, academics, policy makers, advocates or others.
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Is there a limit on the number of nominations that each nominator can submit?
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No. There is no limit on the number of nominations that each nominator can submit.
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When is the nomination deadline?
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Nomination will start in late September. The closing date and time for submission is Hong Kong time 23:59 on 31 March 2018. Only nominations received before the deadline will be entered into the selection and judging process.
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What makes a valid nomination?
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A valid nomination should be submitted through the online nomination system before the nomination deadline which include:
  1. a nomination form completed in English and in accordance with the word limits specified for each section
  2. a minimum of two letters of support prepared by referees who endorse the nominee’s achievement. For self-nomination, a minimum of three letters of support are required; and
  3. other supplementary information, such as CV of nominee and copies of published education research of the nominee(s) (optional).
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When will the announcement for the Yidan Prize be made?
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The full list of Yidan Prize Laureates will be announced in September 2018.
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When will be the prize presentation ceremony be held?
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The presentation ceremony for the Yidan Prize will be held in December 2018.
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Are there any other events or activities apart from the prize presentation ceremony?
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A Yidan Prize Summit will be held annually after the prize presentation ceremony. The Yidan Prize Laureates, international education experts and professionals will be invited as speakers to share their views on the best education practices as well as the most pressing challenges ahead.
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Can I re-submit an unsuccessful nomination in the subsequent year?
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Yes. If a nomination is unsuccessful this year, it can be re-submitted in the subsequent or another year.