On 27-28, October, 2021, 5th Annual Conference in International Education & 2nd Summit of Women Leadership in International Schools were successfully hosted in Shanghai, attracting over 600 industry experts and guests from education sector.
Opening Ceremony of 2nd Summit of Women Leadership in International Schools
As the co-organizer of the 2nd Summit of Women Leadership in International Schools,The University of Manchester (UoM) China Centre co-hosted a series of prestigious events together with International Schools Online (ISO). The summit offered a platform for industry experts, principals and experienced educators in China international education sector to share their cutting-edge insights and build up industrial connections.
Mr. Li Zhang, Secretary-General of National Education Advisory Committee of China, presented at the Conference virtually and delivered opening speech. The Conference featured 2 keynote speeches and 10 panel discussions and round tables with more than 100 speakers.
Gala of the Most Influential Female Principal and Most Innovative Female Principal Awards
As one of the highlights of the Summit, the celebration ceremony of The Most Influential Female Principal Awards and The Most Innovative Female Principal Awards was held on the night of 26 October. UoM China Centre sponsored and presented the awards for 20 winners, with a vision in recognition of those who fully dedicated and remarkably contributed in international education.
On 27 October, Mr. Benzhong Wang, Member of National Education Advisory Committee of China; Ms. Pengzhi Liu, Honorary General Principle of Renmin University of China Affiliated High School, and Ms. Sherry Fu, Founding Director of UoM China Centre, delivered opening speeches for the 2nd Summit of Women Leadership in International Schools.
Ms. Sherry Fu, Founding Director of UoM China Centre at the Keynote Speech
During the keynote speech, Ms. Fu firstly acknowledged the outstanding contribution of female professional and leaders in international education sector and other professions. She also introduced how the University of Manchester and China Centre act as pioneers to protect defend women’s right and empower the leadership development of outstanding women.
Below are some key contents from her speech:
More and more female educators are using their wisdom to contribute to international education. As the birth land of women rights protection movement and a world’s leading university of social responsibility, the University of Manchester is also ushering in women leadership.
In 2010, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell became the first female principal in the history of our school. She is currently the first female chairperson of the Russell Group in the UK, creating many precedents in female leadership. Professor Fiona Devine, Dean of Alliance Manchester Business School, is also an outstanding woman. At the same time, the Manchester Museum is also having its first female curator Professor Esme Ward in 2018. These great examples all encouraged us of unlimited possibilities of women power.
Ms. Fu elaborated women power by sharing her 13 years’ of experience in establishing UoM China Centre from 1 person and 1 desk to the University’s largest overseas center with more than 2,000 students and graduates as well as four part-time master courses. “The best is like water”, an ancient Chinese saying quoted by Sherry, to remark the sparkles of women power: courage, perseverance, modesty and the nature of care.
Ms. Sherry Fu, Founding Director of UoM China Centre; Ms. Xiaohui Wang, Chinese Contemporary artist, Ms. Jane Shen, Schoolmaster of Qingpu World Foreign Language School; and Mr. Yuan Gu, Founder and Chief Editor of ELITE (From left to right) at the Round Table Session
After keynote speeches, four guests are invited to a round table session themed “Women Leadership in Arts Education”. Hosted by Mr. Yuan Gu, Founder and Chief Editor of ELITE, Ms. Xiaohui Wang, a well-known contemporary artist; Ms. Jianying Shen, Schoolmaster of Shanghai Qingpu World Foreign Language School; and Ms. Sherry Fu shared their insights in aesthetic education.
A delegation of headmasters and teachers from international schools visited UoM China Centre
Post the summit, UoM China Centre welcomed a delegation of nearly 20 principals and teachers from international schools in different cities to visit the Centre’s teaching facilities and learning environment.
For more details, please contact UoM China Centre.