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The Second Asian Education Doctoral Student Institute concluded successfully

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The Second Asian Education Doctoral Student Institute concluded successfully – 18 countries, 96 universities, 344 education doctoral students from all over the word attended

        The Second Asian Education Doctoral Student Institute (AEDSI), jointly organized by the Faculty of Education of East China Normal University (ECNU) and the Faculty of Education and Human Development of the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), was successfully held at the Liberal Arts Building of the Putuo Campus of ECNU from October 30 to November 1, 2023 (Beijing Time).
        Three days of institute, two outbound visits, three workshops, and four keynote speeches brought together dozens of internationally renowned experts, professionals, and industry elites from top educational institutions.
        With the original intention of "enabling Chinese education doctoral students to go out of China, base in Asia and face the world, and allowing outstanding overseas education doctoral students to understand Asia and come closer to China", this institute was mainly prepared by more than 20 doctoral students from East China Normal University (ECNU) and the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). Nearly 300 local and international students from friendly partner institutions, member universities of Global Education Deans' Forum (GEDF) and partner universities of the Ministry of Education's "Asian Campus Plus" program to register online, and 43 students from all over the world gathered at the beautiful Putuo Campus of East China Normal University to participate in the institue offline.

        Despite the title of "Asia", the institute attracted a large number of student participants from Europe, North America and Oceania across time zones, which has established a solid foundation for AEDSI to further expand its international influence.
        In addition to the organizing committee members and participants from East China Normal University and the Education University of Hong Kong, the domestic doctoral students mainly came from Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Xiamen University, Southwest University, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Minzu University of China, Northeast Normal University, Nanjing Normal University, Zhejiang Normal University, and many other universities.
        Nearly half of the overseas doctoral students came from Harvard University, Cambridge University, University College London, the University of Melbourne, the University of Tokyo, Pennsylvania State University, Seoul National University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Macao, and Taiwan Normal University from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions.
        This year's AEDSI further builds on last year's efforts to create a broad international exchange platform for education doctoral students around the world.

ABCDEL of AEDSI
        Prof. Chen Shuangye, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education of East China Normal University and Prof. Lim Cher Ping, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education and Human Development of the Education University of Hong Kong, as the initiators and guiding counselors of the institute, delivered welcoming speeches for the opening of the institute. Prof. Lim Cher Ping introduced the research study plan for the next three days, expecting everyone to open up their perspectives on specific issues and possibilities in life through interaction, engagement and conversation. On the basis of last year's five letters of ABCDE, Prof. Chen Shuangye has added a new letter "L" for this institute, which means "Learning", hoping that participants will not only learn from the guidance and experience sharing of their seniors, but also build and improve themselves through peer-to-peer learning.

Welcome address by Prof. Lim Cher Ping, Associate Dean, Faculty of Education and Human Development,
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)

Welcome Address by Prof. Chen Shuangye, Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, East China Normal University (ECNU)

                                                —— ldentity-building ——
Self-constructive journey

        Dr. Norman B. Mendoza, a PhD graduate who has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Education University of Hong Kong for one year, shared with the students about "Identity-building During the Doctoral Journey". He enumerated 8 stages of doctoral student identity formation, namely exploration and self-discovery, mentorship and guidance, skill development and mastery, autonomy and independence, academic and social resources, resilience and coping strategies, future planning and goal-setting, and values and ethics, and combined with his own experience and insights. He led the audience to decipher the mystery of these 8 stages one by one in a lively and humorous manner.

Norman B. Mendoza, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The Education University of Hong Kong

Zheng Chanjin, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, East China Normal University

Dr. Zheng Chanjin, Associate Professor of the Department of Educational Psychology at East China Normal University (ECNU), delivered a presentation on "Build a Professional Identity to Broaden Academic Horizons". Based on the Little Flower Lion Composition System project, a collaboration between East China Normal University's Institute of Intelligent Education and Microsoft Asia's R&D team, Prof. Zheng narrated the evolution of his professional identity, pointed out that the journey of a doctoral student is not solely about striving against a single goal. Rather, it is important to always keep an open mind to explore the academic life and to meet life's challenges.

Journey to Settle Mind and Body

Participants in meditation exercises and teamwork activities.

        The institute also invited Ms. Wang Lubing from Shanghai Duoshang Mental Health Service to lead a relaxation activity around the theme of "Meditation and Mental Health", in which the participants explored ways of self-regulation through hands-on meditation exercises and group cooperation activities.

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