Forum for International Elite Senior High School Principals held in Nanjing

altThe Nanjing Forum for International Elite Senior High School Principals was held on June 11 and 12, 2006. The forum was organized and sponsored by the Ameson Foundation and Nanijng Education Bureau with support from the National Institute of Education Science Research of China and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Prof. Sean Zhang, Deputy Chairman of Ameson Foundation, opened the forum with a speech addressing exchange of teaching philosophies and sharing experiences from education exchanges with high schools in Nanjing and abroad, contributing to international cultural and educational exchange. Topics of the seminars included secondary education transformation in China, general education, internationalization of basic education and schools' evaluation systems.

Prestigious guest-speakers and principals from more than one hundred high schools in China participated in the forum. Among them, the Ameson Foundation invited experts in the field of secondary education overseas. Mr. Qian Tang, Assistant Deputy Secretary-General of UNESCO, Mr. David Taylor, former Director of Inspection, Ofsted, UK, Dr. Alan Bersin, the Education Secretary of California, USA, Mr. Anndress Schleicher, PISA program director of OECD, Mr.Graham Lacey, principal of Sevenoaks School, UK, and Mr. Ari Huovinen, principal of Lauttakylan High School, Finland, were among the the distinguished speakers.

In addition, Honorary Chairman of the Ameson Foundation, Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, sent his congratulations and best wishes to the forum. Dr. Xu Zhongzhi, the Deputy Mayor of Nanjing Municipal Government, was also in attendance. The forum was the most significant secondary education forum in Nanjing’s history.

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