This lecture is a part of Tsinghua University’s Global Open Course, “China’s Perspective on Global Development Initiative”. We are living in a transforming world. Due to global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and regional conflicts, the world has moved further off track in meeting the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Development Initiative (GDI), proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September 2021 after the Belt and Road Initiative, reaffirms the significance of development and people-oriented concept. Education is a powerful tool for human development. Higher education is expected to benefit a more just, democratic, and sustainable world. In this session, let us discuss the role of (higher) education in global development and the way we live with ongoing changes and contribute to the global development as educational stakeholders.


Prof. SHI Jinghuan

Dr. SHI Jinghuan is a professor from the Institution of Education and Deputy Chair of the University Degree Committee, Tsinghua University. Her main research fields: higher education, education policy and evaluation, education history, college student learning and development.

Main research achievements: In recent years, she has published academic works such as The History of Higher Education (2010), Contemporary American Education (2011), Undergraduate Education: Quality and Evaluation (2014), Efficiency and Equity: Research on Regional Distribution and Coordinated Development of Higher Education Research (2018), and nearly 100 academic papers.

Professor Shi Jinghuan, as the chief expert, presided over the key project of philosophy and social sciences of the Ministry of Education’s Research on ‘The Reform of University Evaluation System under the Background of Double First-class Construction’. The China College Student Survey (CCSS) project led by Professor Shi Jinghuan has been carried out for 13 years, which is one of the most influential research projects on college student learning engagement in China. 

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Course Background

China’s President Addresses United Nations General Debate, 76th Session

In 2021, President Xi Jinping proposed the Global Development Initiative (GDI) at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. In response, Tsinghua University developed and launched the graduate course, namely “China’s Perspective on Global Development Initiative” for 2022 Autumn semester, presenting the latest development of China’s society, economy, culture, and science and technology. This course will introduce the frontiers in research and relevant practices in China, focusing on digital economy, poverty reduction, COVID medication and vaccine, development financing, climate change and green development, interconnection, and other fields.

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