SJTU's science program wins global recognition
Updated: 2017-01-04


Wang Xiaofan (right), deputy dean of Zhiyuan College, SJTU, receives the Cultivating Curiosity Award and Natural Sciences Award on behalf of Zhiyuan at the 2016 Reimagine Education Awards held in Philadelphia, US on Dec 6, 2016. [Photo provided to]

A project from Zhiyuan College at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has won the Cultivating Curiosity Award and Natural Sciences Award issued by the 2016 Reimagine Education Awards.

The third annual awards, taking place in the US city of Philadelphia on Dec 6, 2016, was organized by The Wharton School – SEI Center at the University of Philadelphia and the QS World University Rankings.

The yearlong global competition was designed to award innovative education pedagogies which help to enhance learning and employability.

Attracting 807 submissions from 56 countries, the project from Zhiyuan College at SJTU, A Zhiyuan's Education Initiative in Cultivating Curiosity-based Learning, was among the final winners.

Zhiyuan College was also praised for its dedication to train curiosity-driven future scientists by transforming students' curiosity into an aspired learning experience and self-initiated creative activities.

Although the college was established in only 2010, it has already cultivated a large group of promising future scientists. Among its 359 graduates, 327 of them have chosen to pursue further studies.

A typical example is Tan Andi, a student who was initially unsure of the value of studying physics, but with the help of Zhiyuan has blossomed into an enthusiastic researcher who is exploring the nature of dark matter.

"The achievements obtained over the past years indicate that Chinese universities are able to nurture future creative leaders as long as programs take the individual needs of each student into account," said Zhang Jie, president of SJTU.

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