Innovation Education

Innovative education has received much attention across industries. China’s Ministry of Education and government bodies of all levels have promulgated relevant policies. Education institutions including universities and schools of all levels are seeking solutions to innovative education by introducing international experts and professionals. Industry enterprises and industry associations are working with universities to establish platforms to enable industry-university-research cooperation, so that they are integrated with industry practice and can facilitate the education of innovative professionals. However, we have to bear in mind the fact that innovative education at universities of all levels is still confined by conventional education practice. Teaching is still favoring theory instead of hands-on skills. Students are still being assessed upon their test scores. Their innovation is not unlocked. There is initial progress in industry-university-research cooperation of enterprises, association, and universities, but that is limited. Large numbers of professionals for innovative education are being needed. So are innovative education methodologies. Innovative education is indispensable for China’s progress in education. In light of that, DeTao is committed to seeking an education model that is headed by industry Masters and compatible with the real-world conditions in China. That model has brought together world top Masters in innovative education and engaged them in establishing DeTao Innovative Education Center as an effort to facilitate the development and serve as an incubator for innovative education in China. In addition, DeTao will give full play to its role as an innovative education center by supporting the development of vocational education and contributing to China’s distinctive vocational education system.

DeTao Innovative Education Center is based in DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai Songjiang University Town. It has brought together a number of world top innovative education Masters, among them, Sir John Daniel, former Assistant Director-General for Education of UNESCO, Professor Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, Chief of the Higher Education Section at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, as well as other Masters with diverse industry expertise, like Professor Hartmut Esslinger, who created the Snow White design language of Apple, Professor Robin King, who created the world’s first Computer Animation major and Sheridan College, hailed as Harvard in the animation industry. The Center has designed DMH courses with the mission ‘Beyond Academic Degree and Implicit Knowledge’. The courses value industry practical skills, creativity and global vision. In 2013, the first MOOCs as the collaboration between DeTao and Peking University went online. The Center has initiated industry courses and discipline-specific lectures across dozens of universities. Among them, DeTao Lecture – Dialogue with World Innovation Masters has been included in the public selective course at Peking University. 10 Undergraduate Master Advanced Classes will be offered this fall. Students will be learning to find solutions in their work with the Masters in an effort to sharpen their skills in solving problems and get prepared for their future career.

  • Sir John Daniel

    DeTao Master of Education

    Sir John Daniel is the DeTao Master of Education, and was President and C.E.O. of the Commonwealth of Learning(COL) from 1 June 2004 to 31 May 2012. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for services to higher education in 1994. This honour recognized the leading role that he has played internationally, over three decades, in the development of distance learning in universities. Sir John has been active as a scholar and student throughout his career. He received an undergraduate degree from Oxford and a doctorate from the University of Paris, both in Metallurgy. Inspired by the idealism, the scale, the technology and the focus on students that he found at the Open University during an internship there in 1972, he decided to join the distance learning revolution. The success of his book Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education established his reputation in international university circles as a leading thinker about the role of technology in academic communities. His 300+ publications include his recent book: Achieving Education for All: Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers, which explores the role of technology in expanding secondary education. He served as President of Laurentian University, Ontario from 1984-1990, and then as Vice-Chancellor of the UK Open University from 1990-2001 (adding the duties of President of the United States Open University in 1998). In 2001 he moved to Paris as Assistant Director-General for Education, a post he held until he moved to Vancouver to take up his appointment as President and CEO of COL.

  • Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic

    DeTao Master of Education Quality Control

    Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic retired from UNESCO in August 2011 as Chief of the Higher Education Section at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. In 2009 she was voted International Higher Education Professional of the Year by her peers in the International Community of Higher Education (Washington, D.C, January 2010).Prior to her 20 years of leadership in higher education at UNESCO, she was Secretary-General of the Association of Universities of Yugoslavia. Her work at UNESCO has included higher education reviews; recognition of qualifications and quality assurance (in particular the 1997 Lisbon Recognition Convention; the impact of globalization on higher education); the launch of the 2002 Global Forum on International Quality Assurance and the Recognition of Qualifications; the 2005 UNESCO/OECD Guidelines on Quality Provision in Cross Border Higher Education, the 2008 UNESCO-World Bank Global Initiative for Quality Assurance Capacity (GIQAC), the UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN programmes; the 2003-2011 UNESCO – Hewlett Packard (HP) partnership for the Brain Gain Initiative (BGI); and the 2011 Global Forum on University Rankings: Uses and Misuses. She was the Executive Secretary for UNESCO’s 2009 World Conference on Higher Education. An honorary member of the International Advisory Board for Academic Rankings of World Universities (Shanghai Rankings), she is now Secretary of the Paris-based NGO Conseils sans Frontieres/Advisers across Borders (CSF). She was appointed Education Master of the DeTao Masters’ Academy (DTMA), Beijing, China, in July 2011.

  • Richard Tabor Greene

    DeTao Master of Creativity Education

    Prof. Richard Tabor Greene, DeTao Master of Innovative Education, is a world renowned authority on Innovative Education and other Novelty Sciences. He is pioneering the world’s most comprehensive approach to study and practice of design. Richard set up Artificial Intelligence Circles, at N. V. Philips, Eindhoven, Thompson Electric, Paris, as a Coopers & Lybrand consultant. Prior to that he made the first sale to General Motors, other than by EDS’s CEO Ross Perot, as an EDS manager of Artificial Intelligence, by setting up AI Workshop Fairs at successive GM divisions, for the top 400 managers of each division. In Japan, Richard helped Sekisui Chemical Company win the Deming Prize for best quality by setting up software circles for them, after setting up Artificial Intelligence training for Masushita Electric Ind. Co. Ltd. in their primary product development lab. His first job after MIT was six years at an NGO, his first 2 years visiting literally the 2000 richest Americans asking for donations. Now he is acting as professor of Design Creativity and Innovation, Graduate School of SDM (system design management), Keio University.

  • Stephen ChihYang Lu

    DeTao Master of International Innovation Education

    Prof. Stephen Chih Yang Lu is currently interested in the area of technical innovation. These interests include design thinking, collaborative engineering, and technological innovation for new product development. Manifestos and methodologies of synthesis-based engineering design thinking (DT) · Scientific Investigations of Complexity in Design of Technical systems · Theories and tools for the “Engineering Collaboration via Negotiation” (ECN) paradigm · Socio-technical framework (STF) and computer environment for collaborative engineering design activities · Products to inspire human potentials based on close-loop bio-signal feedback interfaces (Inspiring Technology)