COVID-19 Prompts Tang Prize Laureates to Examine New Challenges Facing Sustainable Development

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, Sep 11, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – To explore issues complicated by the coronavirus, including sustainable development, climate change and environmental protection, the Tang Prize Foundation and National Tsing Hua University will co-host the 2020 Tang Prize Masters' Forum for Sustainable Development, taking place at 4 p.m. (GMT+8) Taiwan time, on September 21.

Livestreamed on the Foundation's website (https://www.tang-prize.org/en/week.php?cat=94) with Chinese and English settings available, this forum features several Tang Prize laureates who, though unable to travel to Taiwan due to the pandemic, will deliver their speeches, take part in roundtable discussions and answer the audience's questions via videoconferencing. This special organization not only reflects how the pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way we live but also shows the Foundation's determination to provide a platform for people around the world to have serious conversations on topics closely related to sustainable development and thus to become more alert to possible dangers caused by mankind's disregard of ecological balance.

Economic development, environmental conservation, and social justice are the three pillars of sustainable development, at the core of which is ecological conservation, the main theme of this forum. In addition to the moderator, President of Taiwan's Academia Sinica Dr. James Liao, and the keynote speaker, 2020 Tang Prize winner in Sustainable Development Dr. Jane Goodall, three previous Tang Prize laureates will also contribute their professional opinions. They are Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former director-general of the WHO, Dr. James Hansen, director of the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions in the Earth Institute at Colombia University, and Prof. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Edward A. Frieman Endowed Presidential Chair in Climate Sustainability in UC San Diego. Prof. Huey-Jen Jenny Su, president of National Cheng Kung University, and Prof. Chia-Wei Li from the Department of Life Science at National Tsing Hua University will serve as panelists. These experts will take us through problems magnified during the pandemic, such as social and economic inequalities, climate change, and the relationship between humans, animals and nature, all of which will have profound impact on sustainable development.

In her speech, "Ecological Conservation and Sustainable Development of Human Society: The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic," Dr. Goodall will elaborate on how animals and species have been forced to move away from their usual habitats because of mankind's exploitation and disrespect of nature. This could create situations where species that normally wouldn't be in touch at all end up coming into contact with one another, or animals go into cities in search of food. The current pandemic is thought to have started because we traffic and sell wildlife in markets, making it easier for a pathogen to jump from an animal to a human.

Thrown into a global health emergency, we have witnessed how our lives have been disrupted and how our wisdom and responses to crises have been put to test. Therefore, the Tang Prize Foundation cordially invite you to join us in this forum and learn about the masters' insight as to how to realize sustainable development under these trying circumstances.

About Tang Prize

Dr. Samuel Yin, chairman of Ruentex Group, founded the Tang Prize in December of 2012 as an extension of the supreme value his family placed on education. Harkening back to the golden age of the Tang Dynasty in Chinese history, the Tang Prize seeks to be an inspiring force for people working in all corners of the world. For more information on the Tang Prize and its laureates, please visit www.tang-prize.org

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Tang Prize Foundation and National Taiwan University present 2020 Tang Prize Masters’ Forum: Power of Civil Society for Realization of the Rule of Law

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, Sep 10, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – In the advent of challenges posed by critical issues such as climate change, global pandemics and social justice, what can civilians in the modern era, those without power and resource, do to help? To look into this question, the Tang Prize Foundation, in collaboration with National Taiwan University, present the 2020 Tang Prize Masters' Forum : The Rule of Law, from 10:30 to 13:00 (GMT+8) Taiwan time on September 21.

Three non-governmental organizations (NGOs), joint winners of the 2020 Tang Prize in Rule of Law, the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association, Dejusticia: the Center for Law, Justice and Society, and The Legal Agenda will speak on the topic, "Exploring the Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Contemporary Civil Society," sharing their experience in mobilizing civil society to facilitate the application of law and to change the world for the better. The awardees are praised for utilizing strategic litigation, education and advocacy to advance legal institutions and protect socially vulnerable populations, in the milieus where the foundations of rule of law are under severe challenge.

The Foundation hopes this Forum will be an opportunity for members of modern society who have long been concerned about public issues, including civil servants, experts and social advocate groups, to get together and form a deeper understanding of how these three organizations tap into the potential of civil society, and combine academic research and social activism to further the rule of law.

Also taking part in this Forum are leading Rule of Law advocates: Robin J. Winkler, former president of Environmental Jurist Association, Mei-Nu Yu, former chairperson of the Awakening Foundation, Clarence Chou, chairman of Taiwan Association for Human Rights, and Lucas Wang, chair of the International Cooperation Team of the Judicial Reform Foundation. They will be exchanging ideas with the Laureates about the dedicated work in the field they have been conducting over the years.

Hosted by Dr. Jiunn-rong Yeh, chair professor of National Taiwan University, this Forum features speakers and panelists of diverse backgrounds and specialties, as well as former Tang Prize Laureates in Rule of Law, including former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Albie Sachs, and former Special Representative for International Migration for the United Nations, Louise Arbour. Both will offer their insightful observations on the vital functions the NGOs can perform and the problems they are confronted with.

Recent stringent restrictions and regulations imposed by the governments to contain the COVID-19 outbreaks have become some of the most imminent challenges the NGOs around the world have to respond to. In addition to defending the fundamental rights of the marginalized groups, the NGOs have to prevent governments from disguising means to expand administrative power as measures against the pandemic, at the expense of individual liberty. At this critical period of time, we cordially invite you to join us in this Forum, to give voice to the people and to the environment we reside in collectively, to examine the "new normal" in the age of COVID-19, and to view different communities with different values and capabilities in the contemporary society from a new perspective.

To watch a brief video on this year's Masters' Forums at https://reurl.cc/d5xKr8. For more information on the forum, please visit https://www.tang-prize.org/en/week.php?cat=94.

About Tang Prize

Dr. Samuel Yin, Chairman of Ruentex Group, founded the Tang Prize in December 2012 as an extension of the supreme value his family placed on education. Harkening back to the golden age of the Tang Dynasty in Chinese history, the Tang Prize seeks to be an inspiring force for people working in all corners of the world. For more information on the Tang Prize and its laureates, please visit www.tang-prize.org

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Edvantage Group Invited Professor Andrew Chi-fai Chan to Join as the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Greater Bay Area Business School

HONG KONG, Jul 24, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Edvantage Group Holdings Limited ("Edvantage Group" or the "Group", stock code: 0382.HK), the largest private higher education group in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (the "Greater Bay Area"), is pleased to announce that in July 2020, Professor Andrew Chi-fai Chan (Silver Bauhinia Star awardee and Justice of the Peace), Professor of Practice in Marketing at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the former Director of CUHK EMBA Program from 2002 to 2020 and the former Head of Shaw College from 2010 to 2020, was invited to join as the vice chairman of the board of the Shenzhen Greater Bay Area Business School of the Group, an honorary Professor of the Huashang College Guangdong University of Finance and Economics, and an honorary Professor of Edvantage Institute Australia ("EIA"). Professor Chan will guide the overall preparation, construction and establishment of the Group's Greater Bay Area Business School, as well as help develop the daily operation and administrative decision-making of the Greater Bay Area Business School in the future. In addition, Professor Chan will assist Edvantage Group to integrate market resources, combine policy guidance, open up holistic thinking, and give direction and strategic guidance for the Group's development in education industry.



From right to left: Mr. Liu Yung Chau, Executive Director and Chairman of the Board, Professor Andrew Chi-fai Chan


Professor Andrew Chi-fai Chan (Silver Bauhinia Star awardee and Justice of the Peace)


Greater Bay Area Business School Shenzhen teaching venue


Greater Bay Area Business School Shenzhen teaching venue



As a senior Professor in Hong Kong's higher business education, Professor Chan has served in a number of public service positions, cultivated numerous social elites and senior executives of well-known enterprises
Professor Chan studied at St. Joseph's College and graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1977. He was later awarded a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and CUHK. He has intensive research on strategic marketing and cross-cultural marketing, especially on the Chinese market, and has published numerous papers in international academic journals; before joining the education work, he worked for International Business Machines(IBM) and Bank of America. During his teaching life in CUHK, Professor Chan won the President's Model Teaching Award in 2001 and 2009, and he was loved and esteemed by his students. In addition, Professor Chan will also organize management courses, open forums and seminars for Chinese, Hong Kong and foreign companies. Since 2003, he has hosted programs "Dialogue with the CEO" and "New Management Thinking" for RTHK.

Professor Chan has been active in participating in public services. From 1999 to 2005, he was Chairman of the Hong Kong Consumer Council while from 2004 to 2010, he was Chairman of the Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board; he was also a Member of the Electoral Affairs Commission (2005 to 2012), Chairman of Chinese Medicine Council (2011 to 2017), Council Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (2010-2016) and the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (2007-2019). Currently, he is Chairman of Cantonese Opera Advisory Committee. In addition, he is a Member of Social Enterprise Advisory Committee, Energy Advisory Committee, Cantonese Opera Development Fund Advisory Committee, and Task Force for Review on Enhancement of Lump Sum Grant Subvention System. Besides, he is the Adviser of the Quality Tourism Services Association (QTSA) Governing Council. Professor Chan is also a Member of the College Council of Tung Wah College and an independent non-executive director of Tao Heung Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Main Board. In recognition of his distinguished public and community service, he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2005 by the Hong Kong SAR Government and was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2007.

Integrate industry and corporate resources to develop an international and global top-tier education group
Since its establishment, the institutions of Edvantage Group have been committed to cultivating compound and applied talents with international perspectives for the Greater Bay Area. With its excellent domestic and foreign education level and its unique positioning as a business-centric school, Huashang's teaching brand has been highly recognized by students and teachers, and the quality of graduates has been continuously improved. It is worth noticing that in the 1st quarter of 2020, the Group established Edvantage Institute Australia (EIA) in Australia, the first higher education institution of the Group granted and qualified to accept students and offer and award undergraduate and master degrees, representing that the academic level of the Group has reached a new height. At the same time, the Group is also vigorously developing the vocational education business. The soon-to-be established Greater Bay Area Business School will also station in Shenzhen, aiming to provide various high-end careers, employment and innovative entrepreneurship training to improve students' various workplace skill sets and competitiveness in society. With the successive establishment of EIA and the Greater Bay Area Business School, the collaboration and synergy of the schools of the Group will surely bring students a better learning experience.

Edvantage Group passionately hopes that Professor Andrew Chi-fai Chan's experience can improve the overall teaching level of its schools, introduce diversified scientific research and innovation resources and attract abundant student groups, while continuing to deepen integration of education and industry and school-enterprise cooperation so that to further enhance the brand awareness of Huashang's education. Most importantly, relying on Professor Chan's substantial teaching experience, close contacts with the business community and an enormous international teaching network, it can strengthen the overall strategic development of Edvantage Group, promote the association of production, education and research, and fully contribute to the vision of Edvantage Group becoming an internationally renowned top-tier education group.

About Edvantage Group Holdings Limited
Edvantage Group Holdings Limited ("Edvantage Group" or the "Group", stock code: 0382.HK) is the largest private higher education group in the Greater Bay Area, and an early mover in education sector in pursuing international expansion. The total number of student enrolments of the Group were 35,444 as of 31 May 2020.

The Edvantage Group currently operates two private higher education institutions located in Guangdong Province, China, namely Huashang College Guangdong University of Finance and Economics ("Huashang College") and Guangzhou Huashang Vocational College("Huashang Vocational College"). Huashang College and Huashang Vocational College focus their program offerings on business programs, such as accounting, finance, economics and business English. The Group also operates a private vocational education institution named Global Business College of Australia ('GBCA') authorised by ASQA in Australia, offering vocational education courses and non-formal short-term courses. The Group has also acquired NYU Language School, a local private school in Singapore and has established the Singapore campus based in the existing NYU Language School. NYU Language School has been accredited as EduTrust by the Education Department of Singapore. The Singapore campus is expected to commence operation in the second quarter of 2020. It is qualified to offer internationally-recognised courses and accept local and overseas students in Singapore. In the first quarter of the year 2020, the Group established a higher education institution, Edvantage Institute Australia, which is granted by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency in the first quarter of 2020, and qualified to accept students, offer and award undergraduate and master degrees. It is expected to start students recruitment in the first quarter of 2021.


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Madeline “Maddy” Cross-Parkin Appointed Director of Music Grants for The Scheer Foundation

Beverly Hills, CA and Brisbane, AU, Jul 22, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – The Scheer Foundation announced today the appointment of Ms. Madeline "Maddy" Cross-Parkin as Director of Music Grants, effective July 14, 2020.





Maddy, who was chosen after an international search, is a brilliant pianist currently following a cursus at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Maddy will lead the Music Grants allocation of the Foundation, and will develop a strategic plan for the Foundation music initiatives. Maddy will have the ultimate decision in granting assistance to young artists.

The Scheer Foundation historically has been operated in the fight against malnutrition but has recently expanded its reach to Arts & Music. The Scheer Foundation is committed to serving the fields of classical music in supporting promising young artists.

"The world of music is international and does not know borders. Music bring peace and joy around the world and therefore we have decided to dedicate some of our efforts to Music," said Frederic Scheer, Chairman of the Foundation.

"Maddy is young, a brilliant artist and her energy and dedication will bring joy to a lot of people. I salute her willingness to participate in this new adventure. It is rare to see young people volunteering for helping others, we are privileged and happy to welcome her."

About the Scheer Foundation

The Frederic & Jocelyne Scheer Foundation is a US Private Foundation (501-c 3) dedicated to fighting malnutrition and children mortality in Africa and promoting local agricultural and industrial project to build up local and regional employment. The Foundation recently expanded its reach to Arts & Music.

Learn more at www.scheerfoundation.info.

Contact: info@scheerfoundation.org
or: Maddy@scheerfoundation.org
Tel: +1 310 525 9037


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Werner Erhard and Martin Heidegger On Being

CHICAGO, IL / ACCESSWIRE, Jun 18, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – During these challenging times of uncertainty and disruption, we are spending many hours with our attention on what's no longer available to us and what might happen and might not happen. Perhaps for that reason alone, the new book "Speaking Being", has never been more relevant.

"Speaking Being: Werner Erhard, Martin Heidegger, and a New Possibility of Being Human" (Wiley), an Amazon #1 bestseller in Philosophy, is an opportunity to bring our focus to the relatively unexamined world of being.

Professors Bruce Hyde's (PhD) and Drew Kopp's (PhD) highly acclaimed book offers an unprecedented study of the ideas and methods developed by Martin Heidegger, one of the most prominent philosophers of the 20th century, and the ideas of Werner Erhard, the breakthrough thinker who created The Forum program in the 1980s (following his est Training in the 1970s).

Through a comparative side-by-side display and analysis of a transcript of Erhard's Forum, with his ideas and methodology, combined with Heidegger's philosophical ideas, the authors make the power of Erhard's ontological rhetoric and Heidegger's often difficult-for-the-layman ideas available to a wide range of audiences. It brings to life complex yet important new ideas for scholars at work within a variety of academic disciplines, and provides an entry to anyone interested in the possibility of and the access to being for human beings. In accomplishing all of this, what is revealed are new insights into the actual nature of being of human beings, and the opening up of new possibilities for being for human beings.

Jonathan D. Moreno, Professor of Ethics at University of Pennsylvania, said Speaking Being is "powerful, imaginative, frustrating, amusing, threatening, and enlightening – all at the same time. It also has the power to transform your life."

Michael E. Zimmerman, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado, Boulder stated, "I regard Speaking Being as an enormously important contribution to understanding Heidegger and Erhard. The latter has received far too little serious academic attention, and this book begins to make up for that lack. Moreover, the book's analysis of Heidegger's thought is among the best that I have ever read. I commend this book to all readers without reservation."

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Edvantage Group (0382.HK) Announced its FY2020 Interim Results

HONG KONG, Apr 22, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Edvantage Group Holdings Limited ("Edvantage Group" or the "Group", stock code: 0382.HK) announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 29 February 2020 (the "reporting period"). The Group operates four schools during the reporting period, Huashang College Guangdong University of Finance and Economics ("Huashang College") and Guangzhou Huashang Vocational College ("Huashang Vocational College") in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area ("Greater Bay Area") of the PRC, and one private vocational education institution in Australia, Global Business College of Australia ("GBCA"), as well as NYU Language School, a private education institution in Singapore, which was acquired during the reporting period.



(Hong Kong Office)From left: Mr. Wong Shing Mun, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary; Mr. Liu Yung Chau, Executive Director and Chairman of the Board; Ms. Liu Yi Man, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer; Mr. Yan Kwok Ting Sunny, Director of CF & IR Department


(Guangzhou Headquarter) Ms. Liu Wenqi, Chief Operating Officer



Financial Highlights (for the six months ended 29 February 2020)
– Number of student enrolments increased by 8% YoY to 35,300
– Average tuition fee of Huashang College increased by 11.3% YoY to RMB24,315
– Average tuition fee of Huashang Vocational College increased by 3.4% YoY to RMB15,573
– Revenue rose by approximately 18.9% YoY to approximately RMB418.3 million
– Gross profit increased by approximately 23.3% YoY to RMB204.1 million
– Gross margin climbed 1.8 ppts to 48.8%
– Adjusted net profit1 surged approximately 35.4% YoY to approximately RMB150.8 million
– Adjusted net profit margin rose by 4.4 ppts YoY to 36.1%
– Net profit2 surged approximately 61.1% YoY to approximately RMB147.1 million
– Net profit margin climbed 9.2 ppts YoY to 35.2%
– Interim dividend per share is HK4.9 cents
Note: (1) Adjusted net profit includes three one-off adjusted net profit items: 1) Net foreign exchange loss and gain (FY2020 Interim: Loss of RMB2,364,000; FY2019 Interim: Gain of RMB565,000); 2) Share-based payments relevant to a share option scheme and share award scheme as incentive for employees (FY2020 Interim: RMB1,345,000; FY2019 Interim: nil); 3) Listing expenses (FY2020 Interim: nil; FY2019 Interim: RMB20,710,000); (2) Profit from continuing operations

During the reporting period, the Group recorded an outstanding growth performance in its interim results. The total number of student enrolments amounted to 35,300, representing a year-on-year ("YoY") increase of 8.0%. The average tuition fee of Huashang College was RMB24,315, representing a YoY increase of 11.3%, while Huashang Vocational College's average tuition fee was RMB15,573, representing a YoY increase of 3.4%. Revenue rose by approximately 18.9% YOY to approximately RMB418.3 million. Gross profit rose by approximately 23.3% YOY to approximately RMB204.1 million, while gross margin rose by 1.8 percentage points YOY to 48.8%. Adjusted net profit grew by approximately 35.4% YoY to approximately RMB 150.8 million, while adjusted net profit margin grew by 4.4 percentage points YOY to 36.1%. Net profit soared by approximately 61.1% YOY to approximately RMB147.1 million, while net profit margin increased by 9.2 percentage points YOY to 35.2%. The Board of Directors of the Group declared an interim dividend of HK4.9 cents per share.

Business Operation Overview

During the reporting period, Huashang College moved up six spots from the previous year to the 29th place in the 2020 ranking of top independent colleges released by CUAA.NET and was rated as "China's Top-Level Independent College". During the reporting period, Huashang College offered 37 undergraduate courses, including three new major courses, namely, taxation, cosmetic science and technology, and science of Chinese traditional medicine. In terms of student enrolment in the 2019/2020 school year, the top five majors were accounting, English, international economics and trade, financial engineering and Chinese literature. Among majors, accounting and journalism were designated as a "featured key disciplines in Guangdong Province" and "key development disciplines in Guangdong province" respectively and included in "leading top undergraduate majors for development in Guangdong province". In the 2019/2020 school year, the minimum scores of liberal arts and science students for admission to Huashang College were 31 and 28 points higher than minimum admission scores of Guangdong Province, respectively. During the reporting period, the total number of student enrolments in Huashang College was 24,110, representing a YOY increase of 6.5%, and the average tuition fee for its students was RMB24,315, representing a YOY increase of 11.3%.

Huashang Vocational College offered 44 junior college diploma programmes during the reporting period, including 10 new programmes such as medical aesthetics technology, health management, interior art design and automotive electronics technology. Among the majors, tourism and hotel management were rated by the Education Department of Guangdong Province as "key development disciplines". During the reporting period, the total number of student enrolments in Huashang Vocational College was 10,661, representing a YOY increase of 11.8%, and the average tuition fee for its student enrolments was RMB15,573, representing a YOY increase of 3.4%.

GBCA offers vocational education courses and non-academic short-term courses. A total of 22 training courses were offered during the reporting period. These courses are divided into five categories: interpreting, English, business and accounting, information technology and childcare and community services programmes. Students will receive certifications issued by GBCA which are recognised or endorsed by relevant training agencies, such as the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters, or a diploma or advanced diploma upon completing all courses required by the respective programmes. During the reporting period, its number of student enrolments was 506.

During the reporting period, the Group acquired NYU Language School, a Singaporean private school. Established in 1991, the school has attained the authoritative EduTrust certification from the Ministry of Education, Singapore. It offers short-term and long-term language training courses and various courses in preparation for entrance to Singaporean schools for Singaporeans and international students. It is qualified to offer internationally recognised courses and accept local and overseas students in Singapore. The Group has established the Singapore campus based in the existing NYU Language School. The new campus is situated in the city centre with favourable geographical location and excellent accessibility. It is also in the vicinity of various universities, including the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, which are accessible within a short period of time. The new campus is expected to be put into use in the second quarter of 2020. The Group will then gradually add new teaching content. For example, the Group's "Global Immersion Program" will continuously provide short-term overseas courses (such as arts and landscape design courses) for students from the families of Chinese businessmen. The number of student enrolments was 23 up to the end of the reporting period following the Group's acquisition of NYU Language School in December 2019.

Business Update and Outlook

During the reporting period, the Group experienced the global outbreak of a novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic ("COVID-19"). Since the industry in which the Group operates is higher education, the Group was minimally affected. In early March 2020, both Huashang College and Huashang Vocational College opened as scheduled. Guided by the national policy of "classes suspended but learning continues", the Group actively arranged students to switch from studying offline to online, and online teaching progressed smoothly. In addition, the Group's APP "Huashang e-Home" fully demonstrated its advantages by providing various convenient services for Internet-assisted teaching, faculty and student management services and faculty's and students' lives during this period for responding to the COVID-19 epidemic. The Group will also seize the online education opportunity to focus on future and constantly discover and explore typical cases, laying the foundation for reform in online education.

Looking forward, the Group will continuously strengthen its core business, vigorously develop vocational education and training business, constantly improve the quality of the Group's education services, enhance the overall operation level and achieve higher profitability through diversified models.

Continuous Strengthening of the Core Business:

Improvement in School Condition and Proactive Deployment of Teaching Resources

New Sihui campus: The new Sihui campus will be put into operation as scheduled in September 2020. The new campus covers an area of approximately 533,300 sq. m. (800 Mu) and can accommodate approximately 16,000 students. The net increase in the number of students is expected to record no fewer than 3,000 each year.

Existing Zengcheng campus: The constructions of the Huashuang Science & Technology Centre and Huashang International Conference Centre on the Zengcheng campus are in progress as scheduled. The Huashuang Science & Technology Centre will be mainly used for related teaching activities, and the Huashang International Conference Centre will be mainly used to host industry or school-enterprise meetings, academic activities, and practical training.

Diversification of Education Services

New teaching venue in Shenzhen: The new teaching venue is located in The Mixc Commercial Zone, Nanshan District, Shenzhen and is expected to commence operation in the second quarter of 2020. It will serve mainly for the purpose of high-end vocational certificate training and examinations (training and examinations for certificates such as the certificate in finance and technology, big data/artificial intelligence (AI) certificate and related qualification certificates issued by the institute of chartered secretaries), high-end business activities and academic salons and serve as an innovation entrepreneurship base/incubator, an extracurricular practice base, and a place for delivering employment and internship skills training.

Course Improvement

Comprehensive strategic cooperation with SenseTime: The Group signed a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement with SenseTime Group Limited, a world-leading AI platform company on 12 November 2019. The cooperation content includes developing AI courses (including providing general education courses for students from Huashang College and Huashang Vocational College and providing major courses for students from the school of data science in Huashang College and Huashang Vocational College) and training compound talents in combination with superior disciplines. The Group plans to offer relevant courses from the 2020/2021 school year.

Cooperation with the Southwest University of Political Science and Law: On 31 December, the Group entered into a cooperation agreement with the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing. The joint establishment of Southwest University of Political Science & Law Huashang College to award double bachelor's degree of Business and Law inter-disciplinary talent to enhance the level of recognition and the competitiveness of its graduates. The Group expects the tuition fees of the joint programme will be considerably higher than its original single subject programme.

Comprehensive strategic cooperation with Kingdee Group: On 12 March 2020, the Group signed a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement with Kingdee Software China Company Ltd., a leading enterprise management software and e-commerce application solution provider in the Asia-Pacific region. The two parties will work together to promote the integration of production and education, thereby developing compound application talents adapted to enterprise digital management.

Global Expansion and Improvement of Teaching Quality

New Singapore campus: The Group has established the Singapore campus based in the existing NYU Language School. Expected to commence operation in the second quarter of 2020, the new campus is situated in the city centre with favourable geographical location and excellent accessibility. It is also in the vicinity of various universities, including the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Besides providing long-term and short-term language training courses and various courses in preparatory for entrance of different schools, the new campus also provides college graduate degree and operates other universities' undergraduate and master programmes, as well as kinds of non-formal education training and innovation & entrepreneurship courses.

New campus in London: The Group is advancing relevant preparations for a new campus in London. As part of the preparations, software-related work such as licensing application is ongoing, but the management of the Group decided to postpone hardware-related work due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Given this, the Group strives to further implement the hardware-related work in due course. So far, the Group has not invested much in preparing for the new campus in London.

Vigorous Development of Vocational Education Training Business:

The business of vocational education training of the Group further grew under the provisional government policy on quality classification of vocational skills, i.e. "1 + X" certificate system, introduced for vocational colleges and technical training colleges.

The business of vocational education training of the Group has high growth and gross profit margin and will become a new revenue growth factor for the Group. The Group expects that the revenue of this business segment in the financial year ("FY") 2019/2020 will increase by approximately 50% or above YoY (approximately RMB9 million in FY2018/2019 and its gross profit margin will also exceed that of its core business (gross profit margin of the core business: approximately 48.6% in FY2018/2019. The Group has taken the following main measures recently to vigorously develop its vocational education training business:

The Group actively cooperates with industry-leading institutions/schools to offer high-end vocational education training courses in China and beyond: including Development of AI-related courses with SenseTime (expected to commence in the second quarter of 2020); Development of courses related to enterprise digital management talents with Kingdee Group (expected to commence in the second quarter of 2020); Implementation of vocational training projects in law with the Southwest University of Political Science and Law through overseas educational resources (expected to commence in the school year of 2020/2021);

More certified vocational training courses have been introduced in Zengcheng campus: such as CFA, junior accountant, computer science, teacher qualification certificate, CET 4, CET 6 and IELTS;

Further development of the School of Continuing Education in Zengcheng campus: The contribution of revenue from continuing education in the school year of 2020/2021 and beyond is expected to be more significant.

Mr. Liu Yung Chau, Executive Director and chairman of the Board of Edvantage Group Holdings Limited, said, "benefiting from national policies which support the Greater Bay Area as well as the natural demographic dividend there, Edvantage Group has been clearly positioned as 'Nurturing professional talents for the Greater Bay Area.' Our interim results performance in FY2020 was satisfying and surpassed the 30%-guideline stated in the profit alert announcement. Amid the epidemic, this was even more precious and was a surprise as well. We have always valued shareholders' interests. This is the first full interim dividend since listing, which remained the 30%-rate stated in 2019 Annual Report. Since Edvantage Group was listed on 16 July 2019, the Group distributed dividends in FY2019 for the first time in FY2019 ended 31 August 2019, which was HK1 cent per share for only a 1.5-month period, while for this time, an interim dividend of HK4.9 cents per share will be distributed. Our management hope to maintain outstanding and growing performance and stable dividends to reward shareholders for their unwavering support."

About Edvantage Group Holdings Limited
Edvantage Group Holdings Limited ("Edvantage Group" or the "Group", stock code: 0382.HK) is the largest private higher education group in the Greater Bay Area (in terms of total student enrolments of business majors for the 2017/2018 school year), and an early mover in education sector in pursuing international expansion. The total number of student enrolments of the Group were 35,300 as of 29 February 2020. The Edvantage Group currently operates two private higher education institutions located in the Great Bay Area of Guangdong Province, China, namely Huashang College and Huashang Vocational College. Huashang College and Huashang Vocational College focus their programme offerings on business programmes, such as accounting, finance, economics and business English, and strive to help students achieve employment prospects when they graduate and benefit from the availability of employment opportunities in the Greater Bay Area. The Group also operates a private vocational education institution named Global Business College of Australia ("GBCA") authorized by ASQA in Australia, offering vocational education courses and non-formal short-term courses. The Group has also acquired NYU Language School, a local private school in Singapore and has established the Singapore campus based in the existing NYU Language School. NYU Language School has been accredited as EduTrust by the Education Department of Singapore. The Singapore campus is expected to commence operation in the second quarter of 2020. It is qualified to offer internationally-recognised courses and accept local and overseas students in Singapore.


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Edmodo, Subsidiary of NetDragon, Recommended by UNESCO for Distance Learning

HONG KONG, Mar 19, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that Edmodo, a subsidiary of NetDragon, was one of the recommended distance learning applications and platforms by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in view of the disruption to education worldwide due to COVID-19. Edmodo is among the world's largest and most active learning communities with over 100 million registered users, covering approximately 400,000 schools in more than 190 countries and regions.







According to UNESCO, 85 countries have announced or implemented suspension of educational institutions, hindering approximately 777 million students' learning progress. UNESCO has updated a "Distance learning solutions" section on its website with a recommendation list attached to promote online learning through distance learning platforms. The recommended applications and platforms tend to have wide reach, a strong user base and evidence of impact. Most of the solutions are free and several support multiple languages.

During the suspension of various primary and secondary schools, NetDragon encourages teachers and students to engage in free online interactive learning through Edmodo for continuous learning progress. Prominent functions of Edmodo have gained popularity among teachers and students. Edmodo can be widely applied across multiple learning use cases, including lesson preparation, lesson delivery, as well as after-class studies and discussions, while providing extensive functions that include assignment distribution, quiz assessment, learning progress monitoring and teaching statistics. Embedded within a comprehensible interface similar to social media platforms, it is handy for teaching and self-learning to be combined and managed on a single platform. On top of that, Edmodo facilitates a swift interaction between teachers, students and parents. By raising or answering questions, sharing reading materials or intriguing videos and initiating discussions between teachers and students, it stimulates students to develop independent learning skills and areas of interest, and therefore, enhances mutual exchange of ideas with teachers. Apart from distance teaching, Edmodo also features remote student supervision, enabling teachers to monitor teaching data and further adjust their teaching tempo accordingly. Parents may also follow their children's learning progress and assist in keeping up with the learning schedule during the school suspension period.

Recently, NetDragon has also partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services in setting up contingency plans and providing free cross-border cloud services to suspended educational institutions in Hong Kong, so that teachers can easily upload and store teaching videos to cloud servers where local and cross-boundary school students can easily access the learning resources. Teachers can further assign homework or learning tasks to students and thus provide at-home learning support.

The recommendation by UNESCO is a recognition of Edmodo's endeavors to online education, as well as its capability in handling situations of different kinds. Edmodo has recorded a substantive increase in new registered users recently, with significant growth in new and active users from Italy and Spain in comparison with the same period last year. NetDragon will continue to utilize Edmodo's powerful strength in online education to provide distance learning support to users in affected countries and regions.

About NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) is a global leader in building internet communities with a long track record of developing and scaling multiple internet and mobile platforms that impact hundreds of millions of users. These include China's number one online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China's most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless, which was sold to Baidu for US$1.9 billion in 2013 as the largest Internet M&A transaction in China.

Established in 1999, NetDragon is one of the most reputable and well-known online game developers in China with a history of successful game titles including Eudemons Online, Heroes Evolved and Conquer Online. In recent years, NetDragon has also started to scale its online education business on the back of management's vision to create the largest global online learning community, and to bring the "classroom of the future" to every school around the world. For more information, please visit www.netdragon.com.

For investor enquiries, please contact:
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited
Ms. Maggie Zhou
Senior Director of Investor Relations
Tel.: +852 2850 7266 / +86 591 8390 2825
Email: maggie@nd.com.cn
Website: ir.netdragon.com



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Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 Held at Cambridge, with a Focus on Important Global Education Issues

Cambridge, UK, Mar 13, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 was held at Jesus College, the University of Cambridge. This year's conference focused on two themes: education and international development; wellbeing and education.

This year's Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 honored the achievements of the Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2019, Professor Usha Goswami, and also honored the work of the Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate 2019, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG. He died in late December 2019. Sir Fazle was the Founder of BRAC, one of the world's largest non-profit development organizations, which currently operates across 11 countries in Africa and Asia and has set up hundreds of early childhood development centers, where close to 40,000 children are presently enrolled.

"The 2019 Laureates represent two very different approaches to ensuring that our children go on to lead happy, productive lives, but they also intersect. Both point to the need to achieve a better, deeper understanding of children's needs. Through their work, we now see promising ways to help millions of lives around the world. With technology, and active participation of our partners on this global platform, we can inspire hope for our future generations." Dr Charles Chen Yidan, the founder of the Yidan Prize said at the conference.

The University of Cambridge's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope said that the university had a 'critical' role to play in addressing the challenges of mental health, and it goes to the heart of what we stand for as a center for research and practice in education.

Professor Pauline Rose, Director of Research for Equitable Access and Learning Center, the University of Cambridge, said that inspired by the achievements of Sir Fazle, this year's conference discussed what works in education for the most marginalized communities.

"BRAC since the 1980s has been a world-leader in this area. BRAC's impact seems to stem from the fact that they gather evidence about their effectiveness and adapt their programmes accordingly, which helps to make their work adaptable and replicable in other countries. At the REAL Centre at the Faculty of Education, we have carried out assessments that suggest that similar reasons lie behind the success of another organization, CAMFED, in supporting the education of marginalized girls in Tanzania," she said.

BRAC IED's Executive Director Erum Mariam attended the conference. She said Sir Fazle dedicated his life to serve the needs of people living in poverty all around the world. Among his many contributions, he is best known for making girls' education a priority in Bangladesh with women as the drivers of change.

"Sir Fazle scaled a unique non-formal primary education model in every district of Bangladesh maintaining a strict policy of opening a one room school only if 70 percent of the students are girls. Started in 1985 BRAC's s non-formal schools have had six million graduates who would have otherwise been left behind," Erum Mariam said.

Professor Anna Vignoles from Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, hosted a panel discussion on children's mental health. She found that there is a growing global awareness of the mental health needs of children, and a growing consensus that mental health is an important indicator of the success or otherwise of any society.

"Children in particular experience a range of problems and challenges, including poverty, abuse, bereavement etc. Evidence from the World Health Organisation survey suggests that around a third of all mental health problems are down to such childhood adversities. We need to be clear what the main factors causing any increase in young people's mental health problems are, and the extent to which they really can be addressed by schools, rather than requiring a wider societal response. Second, we need to have far better evidence on what kinds of interventions are effective in a school setting, and reassure ourselves that schools are indeed the right institutions to be tackling the problem," Anna Vignoles said.

"We look forward to finding many more innovative solutions through working closely with educators who share our passion and determination to build a more inclusive society for everyone. Together, we can transform great ideas into meaningful actions. It is on the notion of the need for closer collaborations and collective impact that we curate these debates to create a new philosophy for the future of education," Dr Charles Chen Yidan said.

At Yidan Prize Conference 2020, Professor Toope announced officially that the University of Cambridge would be creating a new role – Professor of Psychology of Education and Learning Studies, which will be based in its Faculty of Education. The new post will strengthen existing research into how better to support young people's well-being and mental health, in particular through the education system.

The first post-holder will be Professor Gordon Harold, currently at the University of Sussex, who has led several, field-changing studies into the relationship between domestic adversity and young people's mental health, enabling schools and teachers to do more to support pupils with depression and anxiety.

The conference was broadcast live online to encourage educators from around the world to participate in discussions on important educational issues.

About the 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.

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Edvantage Group (0382.HK) Entered into Strategic Cooperative Partnership with Kingdee Group

HONG KONG, Mar 12, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Edvantage Group Holdings Limited ("Edvantage Group" or the "Group", stock code: 0382.HK), the largest private higher education group in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (the "Greater Bay Area"), is pleased to announce that the Group has entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with Kingdee Software (China) Co., Ltd. ("Kingdee Group", stock code: 0268.HK), a leading enterprise management software and e-commerce application solution provider in Asia Pacific. Edvantage Group fully exerts its professional recourses and brand advantages, along with Kingdee Group's industrial advantages in the field of management software industry and enterprise cloud service application information technology, to join forces to promote the integration of industry and education. In the light of that, the Group's digital transformation will be further promoted, and the Group's financial vocational training and social services capabilities will be further improved as well, bringing the realization of joint development and win-win situation.



Video Signing Ceremony across Shenzhen and Hongkong


Signing Ceremony(from left to right: Principal Chen Yue of Kingdee Training Education Sector; Principal Guo Yinhua of Huashang Education Group; COO Ms. Liu Wenqi of Edvantage Group)


Management of Edvantage Group(from left to right: CFO-Mr. Wong Shing Mun; CEO-Ms. Liu Yi Man; Chairman-Mr. Liu Yung Chau; CF&IR Director-Mr. Sunny Yan)



Comprehensively realizing digital transformation
Further optimizing corporate operation and management
Edvantage Group is the first private higher education group to enter strategic partnership with Kingdee Group in China. With established regional network in China, Australia and Singapore, the Group will see expansion of international network in the future, thus comprehensive digital transformation will better fuel the Group's international business development and improve operation and management efficiency of domestic and international business. Operation cost will be significantly reduced as well.

– Regarding informatization construction, Kingdee Group will allocate the optimal resources and advanced management model to help Edvantage Group to fully improve its digital management level in accordance with the Group's informatization construction strategy and goals. At the same time, they will jointly analyze the advanced enterprise management model in the education industry. Kingdee Group will combine the management results of the research with the actual management situation and industry characteristics of Edvantage Group to form a Chinese management model in the education industry.

– Regarding the financial sharing center's construction, Kingdee Group provides related planning and construction consultation, system process planning, and software system support for the construction of Edvantage Group's financial sharing center. Both sides will jointly create an efficient sharing and management system and establish the financial sharing model for the education industry.

Further encouraging the integration of industry and education
Continuously expanding the vocational education training business
Kingdee Group also assists the Group in extending innovative information management technology, modern corporate management concepts, and advanced corporate culture to the Group's professional teaching and social services. Together, both parties will promote the innovative model of professional talent training and the integration of industry and education, as well as deepen the school-enterprise cooperation to further improve the employment quality of graduates. At the same time, both sides proactively respond to the government policy on "1+X" certification system and cooperate to develop certification courses for college students and adult learner, which enable the Group to develop vigorously in the field of vocational education and training.

– Regarding the integration of industry and education, both parties jointly create new business majors cooperation, and integrate cloud management with ABCD new technology-related industrial resources, to promote the updating of professional talent training programs in the fields of accounting, management and software, and jointly cultivate composite application-oriented talents that are suitable for enterprise digital management.

– Regarding the vocational education and training, both parties integrate their competitive resources and develop a series of training courses of enterprise digital management in new technology fields such as big data, industrial internet, and cloud technology to explore diversified education services for enterprise and social trainee in Greater Bay Area. In addition, both sides plan to establish an industrial college to jointly cultivate enterprise information management talents and application-oriented talents who fulfill the demand of industry digital management field.

The Group is the largest private higher education group weighed in business in the Greater Bay Area, while the Kingdee Group is a leader in the Chinese software market headquartered in Shenzhen, making the cooperation a strong alliance between two industry leaders both rooted in the Greater Bay Area. Adhering to the principles of "complementary advantages, resource sharing, mutual benefit and win-win development, and joint development", both parties establish close and long-term strategic partnerships of mutual benefit and complementary advantages to achieve the goals of joint development and mutual benefit. Looking forward, in the light of the comprehensive realization of digital transformation, the Group's domestic and international networks will be more efficiently and seamlessly connected, which will further optimize the overall operation of the Group. In addition, the further development of the integration of industry and education will not only grant the graduates' competitiveness in the employment market, but also strengthen the Group's brand reputation. The continuous expansion of the vocational education and training business not only conforms to the national education policy, but also enriches the Group's income sources.

About Edvantage Group Holdings Limited
Edvantage Group Holdings Limited ("Edvantage Group" or the "Group", stock code: 0382.HK) is the largest private higher education group in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (in terms of total student enrolment of business majors for the 2017/2018 school year), and an early mover in education sector in pursuing international expansion. With a sizeable student base, the Company operates with economies of scale. In China, the Edvantage Group currently operates two private higher education institutions located in the Great Bay Area of Guangdong Province, China, namely Huashang College and Huashang Vocational College. Huashang College and Huashang Vocational College focus their programme offerings on business programmes, such as accounting, finance, economics and business English, and strive to help students to achieve employment prospects when they graduate, and to benefit from the availability of employment opportunities in the Greater Bay Area. The Company also operates a private vocational education institution named Global Business College of Australia ("GBCA") authorized by ASQA in Australia, offering vocational education courses and non-formal short-term courses aiming to provide students with competitive advantages and global prospective.

The Group has also acquired NYU Language School, a local school in Singapore and has established the Singapore campus based in the existing NYU Language School. NYU Language School has been accredited as EduTrust by the Education Department of Singapore. The Singapore campus is expected to commence operation in April 2020. In addition to the language preparatory courses, the new campus also provides undergraduate and college courses and start-up/training courses. It is qualified to offer internationally-recognised courses and accept local and overseas students in Singapore.

About Kingdee Software (China) Co., Ltd.
Kingdee Software (China) Co., Ltd. ("Kingdee Group", stock code: 0268.HK) was founded in 1993 and listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Well-known as a leading enterprise management software and e-commerce application solution provider in Asia Pacific, one of the fastest growing independent software vendors in the global software market and a leader in China's software industry, Kingdee Group is committed to becoming "the worthiest entrusted enterprise service platform". Kingdee Group is headquartered in Shenzhen, China, running nearly 100 branches in mainland China focusing on marketing and services, and partnering with more than 2,400 consulting, technology, implementation services, and distribution organization, providing cloud services to more than 6.8 million enterprises and government organizations. According to authoritative IDC data, Kingdee Group has ranked No. 1 in the market share of Chinese SMEs for 14 consecutive years and ranked No. 1 regarding the enterprise SaaS ERM market share for 3 consecutive years. It is the only Chinese enterprise SaaS cloud service vendor selected into Gartner's Global Market Guide.


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Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 Held at Cambridge, with a Focus on Important Global Education Issues

Cambridge, UK, Mar 12, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 was held at Jesus College, the University of Cambridge. This year's conference focused on two themes: education and international development; wellbeing and education.



Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 hosted at Jesus College, Cambridge


Dr Charles Chen Yidan at the Conference


Professor Usha Goswami, Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2019


Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD and Head, Judging Panel, Yidan Prize for Education Research


Professor Pauline Rose, Director of Research for Equitable Access and Learning Center, Cambridge


Erum Mariam, Executive Director, BRAC IED


Professor Anna Vignoles, Faculty of Education, Cambridge


The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope announced officially that Cambridge would be creating a new role – Professor of Psychology of Education and Learning Studies in its Faculty of Education.



This year's Yidan Prize Conference Series: Europe 2020 honored the achievements of the Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2019, Professor Usha Goswami, and also honored the work of the Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate 2019, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG. He died in late December 2019. Sir Fazle was the Founder of BRAC, one of the world's largest non-profit development organizations, which currently operates across 11 countries in Africa and Asia and has set up hundreds of early childhood development centers, where close to 40,000 children are presently enrolled.

"The 2019 Laureates represent two very different approaches to ensuring that our children go on to lead happy, productive lives, but they also intersect. Both point to the need to achieve a better, deeper understanding of children's needs. Through their work, we now see promising ways to help millions of lives around the world. With technology, and active participation of our partners on this global platform, we can inspire hope for our future generations." Dr Charles Chen Yidan, the founder of the Yidan Prize said at the conference.

The University of Cambridge's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope said that the university had a 'critical' role to play in addressing the challenges of mental health, and it goes to the heart of what we stand for as a center for research and practice in education.

Professor Pauline Rose, Director of Research for Equitable Access and Learning Center, the University of Cambridge, said that inspired by the achievements of Sir Fazle, this year's conference discussed what works in education for the most marginalized communities.

"BRAC since the 1980s has been a world-leader in this area. BRAC's impact seems to stem from the fact that they gather evidence about their effectiveness and adapt their programmes accordingly, which helps to make their work adaptable and replicable in other countries. At the REAL Centre at the Faculty of Education, we have carried out assessments that suggest that similar reasons lie behind the success of another organization, CAMFED, in supporting the education of marginalized girls in Tanzania," she said.

BRAC IED's Executive Director Erum Mariam attended the conference. She said Sir Fazle dedicated his life to serve the needs of people living in poverty all around the world. Among his many contributions, he is best known for making girls' education a priority in Bangladesh with women as the drivers of change.

"Sir Fazle scaled a unique non-formal primary education model in every district of Bangladesh maintaining a strict policy of opening a one room school only if 70 percent of the students are girls. Started in 1985 BRAC's s non-formal schools have had six million graduates who would have otherwise been left behind," Erum Mariam said.

Professor Anna Vignoles from Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, hosted a panel discussion on children's mental health. She found that there is a growing global awareness of the mental health needs of children, and a growing consensus that mental health is an important indicator of the success or otherwise of any society.

"Children in particular experience a range of problems and challenges, including poverty, abuse, bereavement etc. Evidence from the World Health Organisation survey suggests that around a third of all mental health problems are down to such childhood adversities. We need to be clear what the main factors causing any increase in young people's mental health problems are, and the extent to which they really can be addressed by schools, rather than requiring a wider societal response. Second, we need to have far better evidence on what kinds of interventions are effective in a school setting, and reassure ourselves that schools are indeed the right institutions to be tackling the problem," Anna Vignoles said.

"We look forward to finding many more innovative solutions through working closely with educators who share our passion and determination to build a more inclusive society for everyone. Together, we can transform great ideas into meaningful actions. It is on the notion of the need for closer collaborations and collective impact that we curate these debates to create a new philosophy for the future of education," Dr Charles Chen Yidan said.

At Yidan Prize Conference 2020, Professor Toope announced officially that the University of Cambridge would be creating a new role – Professor of Psychology of Education and Learning Studies, which will be based in its Faculty of Education. The new post will strengthen existing research into how better to support young people's well-being and mental health, in particular through the education system.

The first post-holder will be Professor Gordon Harold, currently at the University of Sussex, who has led several, field-changing studies into the relationship between domestic adversity and young people's mental health, enabling schools and teachers to do more to support pupils with depression and anxiety.

The conference was broadcast live online to encourage educators from around the world to participate in discussions on important educational issues.

About the 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.


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