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In this week’s episode, we travel nearly 5000 miles from the UK to China, to talk about increasing interest in competency based education. Plus, some listener news on a new partnership in UK Edtech.
Whilst traditional education has focused heavily on The National College Entrance Examination (NCEE), commonly known as Gaokao, our guests talk about alternative approaches to learning.
First up, you’ll hear Edtech Podcast listener Sonnie Tan interviewing the Founder of KitCat, Michael Huang. Sonnie is busy helping to populate our Chinese podcast channel on Ximalaya, but when she is not doing that she’s hosting parent and child feedback groups on competency based learning across China, as part of her University of York studies. But in this episode you’ll hear her interview Michael Huang.
As the founder of Kitcat English, Michael Huang was selected top 30 under 30 by Forbes China. Beyond helping people learn English more effectively, Michael has expanded his efforts into STEAM learning. Teaching himself to code, design clothes, and how to apply mathematics, he and his team have made 3D printers for less than 100 USD, as well as create home made perfume, and in-home vertical cultivation systems to grow food, channeling their creativity to tackle some of Shanghai’s foremost urban issues.
In this interview with Sonnie, Michael talks about how he think the Gaokao exam will slowly expand to recognise student’s more creative needs, as well as knowledge of cutting edge technologies, and how to apply them, such as AI.
Our second interview is with Yiwei Zhang, Director of International EdTech Projects at Rayee.
Rayee is a knowledge provider on education within China, with a focus on rounded education vs. the exam-orientated K-12 after school tutoring market that you may have heard a lot about. They bring together over 1 million educators, startups, investors, innovators and thought leaders in China across events, training, reports and a unique business model we will hear more on. They also help international education companies understand what’s happening in China. In this recording you’ll hear from Yiwei about how shopping malls are providing space for students to broaden their learning, whilst their parents enjoy some recreation. What do you think about this set up?
Stay in touch and have a great week!
- Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast | Twitter: @podcastedtech
- Dan Sandhu, Chief Executive Officer, Sparx
- Colin Hegarty, Founder, Hegarty Maths
- Michael Huang 黄锐诚, Founder, Kacademy and Kitcat
- Yiwei Zhang, Director of International EdTech Projects at Rayee
Quotes from this episode
“I lived in the UK, and I didn’t see this model.”
“The Government is supporting broader education outside of the school campus”
“Especially in tier one and tier two cities, it’s time-consuming to pick up the kid from one place and drop to another.”
“Education business in China please focus on good content for our kids.”
“I think in the future GaoKao will change too”
“A lot of Chinese businessmen in education they are thinking the same way. They never think about why?’
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