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The 2nd China-Russia Education Research Conference Held in Moscow

The 2nd China-Russia Education Research Conference – jointly organized by the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and the National Institute of Education Sciences (NIES) – was held in Moscow, Russia on September 26-29, 2019. Cui Baoshi, President of the NIES; Cao Shihai, Minister-Counselor of Chinese Embassy in Russia; Antoniy Shvindt, Director of Information Division Ministry of Science and Higher Education; and Yaroslav Kuzminov, Rector of HSE addressed the opening ceremony. Nearly 200 representatives from various research institutes, universities and colleges, as well as from the sector of educational technology in both Russia and China participated in the event.

In his opening remarks, Cui Baoshi called for educational workers and researchers to reflect on the following questions: in the era of artificial intelligence, how does education exist, and what role should it play?; and how is artificial intelligence and other new technologies impacting education systems and learning modalities? Cui said he hoped the Chinese and Russian experts present at the meeting could explore these issues and contribute to education innovation in the digital age.

Yaroslav Kuzminov said the digital transformation had presented new opportunities for every student and highlighted how it brought fundamental changes to the realization of the education quality and equity. He said Russia attached great importance to cooperating with China in the field of educational technologies, adding the HSE University was playing a leading role in educational technology research in Russia, and that it was looking to develop more long-term partnerships with China.

Under the theme Digital Transformation of Education and Artificial Intelligence, the participants discussed such topics as “Challenges and Prospects from the Digital Transformation of Education”, “Application of Artificial Intelligence in Education”, “Challenges faced by School Patterns during the Digital Transformation”, “Reform of Educational Practices in the Context of the Digital Transformation of Education”, “Digital Transformation and Equity of Quality Education”, “Legal Policies and Ethical Tools for the Digital Transformation of Education” and “Learning Models in the Digital Transformation”.

At the conference, the HSE and the NIES launched a joint report entitled Challenges and Prospects from the Digital Transformation in Education and Artificial Intelligence, which analyzes the evolution of digital technologies in education, policy progress in the digital transformation of education, challenges brought about by the digital transformation, and the future development of the digital transformation of education in China and Russia. The aim of the report was to address challenges and embrace opportunities brought about by the digital transformation and to provide references and lessons for relevant policy formulations and practical innovation. Printed and digital versions of the report are available in the Chinese and Russian languages.

Prior to the conference, the NIES and the HSE co-organized the China-Russia Education Strategy Dialogue: Towards Education Modernization 2030 in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in September 2017. The dialogue was a side event of the 18th Session of China-Russia Committee on Humanities Cooperation, and the NIES and the HSE released joint reports entitled Chinese Education Development in the 21st Century and Russian Education Development in the 21st Century.

 

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