Chinese founder of £6m teacher prize sets out stall for ‘a better world through education’

Billionaire who launched the world’s richest education prize has told TES he hopes it will 'create a better world through education'.


Charles Chen Yidan launched the Yidan Prize this year, which will award two prizes each worth HK$30 million (about £3 million) for the best education research and development projects from around the globe. 


After the launch in May, Mr Chen (pictured, centre) toured Europe this month to drum up nominations for the inaugural prize, which will be awarded next September.


Speaking to TES during his UK visit, he said he hoped the prize would shine a “spotlight” on two laureates each year who would be able to “tell the world what they think the best [education] research and practice is”.


“If you ask me to describe the Yidan Prize, it’s a very simple mission: create a better world through education,” he said.


Read more