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Yidan Prize

Founded in 2016 by Dr Charles Chen Yidan, a core founder of Tencent, the Yidan Prize has a mission of creating a better world through education. It consists of two awards, the Yidan Prize for Education Research and the Yidan Prize for Education Development. Yidan Prize Laureates each receives a gold medal and a total sum of HK$30 million (around US$3.9 million), half of which is a cash prize while the other half is a project fund. To ensure transparency and sustainability, the prize is managed by the Yidan Prize Foundation and governed by an independent trust with an endowment of HK$2.5 billion (around US$323 million). Through a series of initiatives, the prize aims to establish a platform for the global community to engage in conversation around education and to play a role in education philanthropy.

Since the establishment of the Prize, the Yidan Foundation has sponsored conferences at universities around the world. Learn about the 2019 Yidan Prize Conference.

In the News

Education experts tackle evidence, equality at Yidan Prize Conference at Northwestern

June 4, 2020– From Northwestern Now

Yidan Prize winner Larry Hedges announces new center to drive transformation in education research.

Larry V. Hedges

Larry V. Hedges (2018)

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Larry Hedges is chairman of the department of statistics and a professor of education and social policy, psychology and medical social science. Among the most influential applied statisticians in the world, Hedges’ work allows policymakers, educators and the general public to see the evidence for “what works” in the field of education, and makes it possible to take a scientific approach to improving education for future generations.