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Architect of PISA and Global Competence Endorses GEC Academy’s Work

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GEC Academy’s work in building “international competence” courses and modules with top-ranking universities in China has been enthusiastically acknowledged by Mr. Andreas Schleicher, OECD’s Director for Education and Skills. Mr Schleicher is widely known for his work in initiating and overseeing the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).


Speaking to GEC Academy in his office in Paris, Mr. Schleicher commented, “We are very impressed by the work of GEC Academy to develop more good practices and thinking in the field of global competence, making it more accessible to young people which is very important. Textbook knowledge can be learnt on university campuses, but global competence is more about experience. For example, the Singaporean government is now sponsoring overseas experience for middle school students, because they understand the attitudes and mindset that are behind global competence can be framed quite early in life.”


For the past year, GEC Academy has been working with the Chinese Society for Educational Development Strategy and scholars and experts from Peking University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Columbia University, University of Oxford, New York University, University College London and so on, in designing modules and courses for global competence building.


Learning contents largely fall into four categories, such as global perspective and cultural awareness, employability and work skills in international organizations, interdisciplinary studies, lifelong learning skills, and intercultural skills.


Mr Schleicher expressed his willingness to participate in the process to facilitate and promote global competence building in China, through working with GEC Academy and other educational organizations.

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