High Performing Systems for Tomorrow November 2019 Policy Dialogue

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Agenda (click to expand by day)

Sunday, November 24

6:30 pm – Reception

Laurel Restaurant, Galaxy Macau, G/F, G127

7:00 pm – Dinner

Speaker: Rose Luckin, Institute of Education, University College London

Introduction: Michael Stevenson, OECD

Monday, November 25

9:00 am – First session: Overview of Agenda and Goals

University of Macau, Faculty of Education Room E33-1002

Anthony Mackay and Michael Stevenson

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Update on where we are on the HPST overall goals
  • Overview of the agenda and goals for this meeting

9:45 am – Second session: Reflections from the OECD on the impact of AI  

Introduction: Anthony Mackay
Led by: Andreas Schleicher and Michael Stevenson

  • What is the impact of AI on society, economy and individuals;
  • What does that mean for our conceptualization of and goals for learning; and
  • What are emerging principles about what students should learn?

11:00 am – Break

11:15 am – Third session: The Global Experiment: AI in Education, with examples from Hong Kong and China  

Led by: Kai-ming Cheng

12:45 pm – Lunch

2:15 pm – Fourth Session: Towards Transformed National Education Systems

Introduction: Anthony Mackay
Led by: Marc Tucker

Overview of argument in draft discussion paper and introduction of four discussion topics

2:45 – Discussion 1: The Future of Education and the Economy

Chair: Anthony Mackay
Discussion starters: Chern-Wei Sng and Christine Choi
Respondent: Marc Tucker


  • Second stage globalization, combined with widespread introduction of intelligent technologies, is accelerating the automation and export of jobs in high wage countries, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of millions. Societies can avoid destabilization over the next 15-20 years by radically upgrading the knowledge and skills of their workforces, providing the kind of education to all that was once only available to a few.
  • The returns to the “standard model” of education system in the top performing countries are declining.  The top performers are probably getting all or almost all they can out of that model. Producing step gains for students will require a different model. 

3:45 pm – Break

4:00 pm – Discussion 2: The Future of Learning

Chair: Anthony Mackay
Discussion starter: Kai-Ming Cheng
Respondent: Marc Tucker


  • The learning sciences, particularly cognitive science, provides the bases for designing mass education systems that could produce much higher levels of achievement, equity and efficiency than any of the top performing systems now provide.
  • New instructional technologies, including intelligent machines, designed to take full advantage of what we now know about how people learn, can be combined with very different ways of organizing schooling to create much more effective learning environments.

6:00 pm – Dinner 

Chiado Restaurant, Shop 2206, Level 2, Sands Cotai Central

The Future of Education: Lessons from Hong Kong

Welcome: Chuang Wang
Speakers: Kai-Ming Cheng, Catherin Chan and Jeff Sze

Tuesday, November 26

8:15 am – Discussion 3: The Future of Schooling

Chair: Anthony Mackay
Discussion starters: Kristi Vinter-Nemvalts and Scott MacDonald
Respondent: Marc Tucker


  • Creating new learning systems will require us to rethink our purposes, focus on learning rather than teaching, create very different learning environments, and develop much better assessments not only of cognition but also of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.
  • These kinds of learning systems will require highly skilled teachers to organize, facilitate and monitor student learning.

9:15 am – Discussion 4: Getting from Here to There  

Chair: Anthony Mackay
Discussion starters: Olli-Pekka Heinonen and Chern-Wei Sng
Respondent: Marc Tucker


  • Accelerating the transformation of our education systems will require governments to create special research and development centers tasked with creating these new systems.
  • These centers will need to be organized as partnerships of government, educators and industry.
  • All nations could use the products of this development work, whether or not they intend to transform—rather than evolve—their systems.

10:15 am – Break

10:30 am – Update on the Learning Systems Comparative Study

Geoff Masters and Jackie Kraemer

11:00 am – Where we are and next steps

Anthony Mackay

11:30 am – Lunch

Panel discussion on sharing of AI in education in Hong Kong schools

Panelists: Ng Tai Kei, Kam Wai Ming and Karl Cheung
Moderator: Kai-Ming Cheng

12:45 pm – Adjourn

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