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Yiran Zhao

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Yiran Zhao obtained her Ph.D. degree in Educational Theory and Policy from the Pennsylvania State University in the USA. Prior to that, she completed her Ed.M. degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the USA. But her undergraduate training was in Communications with a concentration in media market survey and analysis. Dr. Zhao has a wide range of future-oriented research interests including the development of 21st century competencies, particularly creativity, the psychological processes that enable self-directed learning, technology in education, education equity, and education innovations. Dr. Zhao has also worked with the OECD on the Future of Education and Skills 2030 project where she contributed to the development of the Learning Compass, assisted the curriculum analysis, and led efforts to incorporate student voice into international policy initiatives. Her passion in helping young people develop the ability to navigate their own life has also led her to work with Flow Learning, a San-Francisco-based education start-up that provides young people with life design courses and life coaching services.

Research interests

Equity in education


21st century competencies

Technology in Education

Comparative and International Education

Education policy


EDS 404 The School of Tomorrow: Managing Change in Global Education

EDS417 Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

BA, Communication University of China, Beijing, China-2011

EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Boston, MA, USA-2013

PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA-2020

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