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Distinguished professor wins China’s top higher education award

Anthony Rodriguez
Fri, 2017-07-07 11:19

Kui Xie, Cyphert Distinguished Professor, is the first learning technologies researcher to receive the Chang Jiang Scholar award by the Chinese Ministry of Education – the nation’s most prestigious higher education honor.

Xie will be funded to collaborate and lead research with faculty at Central China Normal University in learning technologies and appointed a visiting chaired professorship.

“I am very honored to receive this prestigious award,” Xie said. “More excitingly, this award is in the School of Educational Information Technology at Central China Normal University, the most-respected Chinese research institution in the field of learning technologies."

The award will expand the opportunities for digital learning scholarship between Ohio State and the Chinese university – a fact where Xie’s EHE colleagues see great benefit.

“I have had the opportunity to work with Kui in China and observe the high regard faculty and administrators at Central China Normal University have for his work and visions,” said David Stein, associate professor of workforce development and education. “Kui has opened the door to increased understanding of both our higher education systems, the culture of our countries and collaborations to extend our understanding of educational technology across cultures.”

Xie has taught at Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) since 2012 and is the founder of the Research Laboratory for Digital Learning. He was named the Ted and Lois Cyphert Distinguished Professor in 2015. He also received the EHE Distinguished Research Award earlier this year.

“I am truly proud of Dr. Xie’s appointment to the Chang Jiang Chaired Professorship through Central China Normal University,” said Eric Anderman, chair of EHE’s Department of Educational Studies. “This is an extremely prestigious academic honor; moreover, it is exceptionally rare for a scholar in the social sciences to receive this award.”

The Chang Jiang Scholar Award, established in 1998, is granted to outstanding research scientists who have outstanding international recognition in his or her field. The program was created to help develop and improve the quality of research at Chinese universities by collaborating with preeminent scientists around the world.

“This is quite an honor for Dr. Xie,” said Dean Cheryl Achterberg. “His work in learning technology provides tremendous value to Ohio State in understanding how students learn with technology. To be able to share his knowledge and collaborate internationally at a major Chinese university is an amazing opportunity that will benefit both the United States and China.”

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