Imagine our top diplomats, who are capable of rapidly analyzing complex situations and then negotiating with people from multiple cultures and perspectives simultaneously. Imagine our top international businesspeople, who must critically assess the economic interplay between nations and work collaboratively with local allies to launch new ventures. Imagine our most successful NGO workers, who are capable of problem solving through the development and management of innovative projects that effectively take into account both present and future needs for a populace.
The development of high-impact internationally competent global talents is one of the top priorities of Chinese education. A global talent has the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to succeed across industries in China, but also anywhere in the world. This requires a unique mix of competencies that include intercultural communicative competence, multidisciplinary systems analysis, background knowledge of the world and international institutions, the ability to shift perspectives, problem solve, and negotiate among others. Beijing Aidi School runs a number of specialist programs to help foster a new generation of global talents such as our Model United Nations (MUN) Intensive Training Certificate program. This program was developed by our MUN program leader, Li Xiao, and has been recognized by Beijing Foreign Studies University, which trains many of China’s diplomats for its excellence.
In Aidi School MUN courses, students not only learn standard MUN knowledge and skills such as the rules and procedures of MUN and debating, but undergo comprehensive training to cultivate the full spectrum of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become a global talent and the opportunity to use them in the real world. We believe these skills not only improve students competitive advantage in a globalized world, but also help them become a more useful person for improving society as a whole. Students are able to train with our Teaching, Learning and Innovation Center teachers to understand real-world working environments using 21st century pedagogy, they build confidence in their own MUN learning space, and then they can venture out into the world to test their abilities in a variety of international settings.
On November 5th, we held our annual entry event in the Innovation Lab to start this unique Project-Based Learning program, which included all students from the Junior MUN club. First, Dr. Russell Hazard, Director of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation, explained the concept of becoming a global talent and led a hands-on workshop so students could engage in the active learning necessary to immerse themselves in the framework they will work to master in the coming year. Then our special guest Shera Liu, who is the Under Secretary from the World Harmony Foundation, an NGO affiliated to United Nations Environment Program, shared her views and personal experiences about what the United Nations is doing and what kind of talents such international organizations need. Next, one of our most important MUN team teachers, Tom Yang, delved into understanding complex systems and solving global problems using an understanding of multidisciplinary thinking rooted in economics. Finally, the MUN program leader, Li Xiao, outlined the objectives and rubrics for the entire program setting the students on their adventure of learning.
At Aidi School, we believe the next generation of global talents that emerge from China will play a tremendous role in shaping the world, and we are proud to see our students and teachers taking on the challenge of learning this complex set of competencies to become leaders in the field.