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Global education champions announced tonight in Philadelphia

Annual awards name world's leading educational innovators in fourteen categories; LSE triumphant

Philadelphia, 6th December 2016: After a yearlong global competition designed to uncover transformative initiatives across the educational sector, the winners of the third annual Reimagine Education Awards were announced tonight at an exclusive gala dinner held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. 

The Awards represented the culmination of the 2016 Reimagine Education Conference, organised by The Wharton School – SEI Center at the University of Philadelphia, and QS Quacquarelli Symonds, compiler of the QS World University Rankings. The London School of Economics received the Overall Award for their Students as Producers program, while Labster, a Danish-based company leveraging virtual reality technology to provide science lessons, won the Overall Ed Tech Award.

Winners of fourteen award categories were announced, in addition to five disciplinary awards, and an Overall Award worth US$50,000. Over 500 ambitious entrepreneurs and academics from six different continents contributed to this year’s record submissions call, and QS’s CEO, Nunzio Quacquarelli, expects several applicants to gain widespread recognition for their potential to transform educational practice.

Quacquarelli said: “In praising the originality, initiative, and effectiveness of our applicant cohort – these three qualities were to be found in abundance – I speak on behalf of all of our judges. In acknowledgement of the difficulty we’ve had attempting to choose between projects exhibiting strong potential, an inaugural ‘Ones to Watch’ category will serve to identify initiatives and research that administrators, students, and teachers should observe closely over the coming months and years.”

Three new awards were among those distributed this year: the Cultivating Curiosity Award, sponsored by the Center for Curiosity; the Sustainability Award, sponsored by Chinese development firm Agile; and the Ethical Leadership Award, sponsored by the World Economic Forum.

To find out more about the Reimagine Education Awards and Conference, visit www.reimagine-education.com. To view the full list of winners, follow this link.

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For further information: Simona Bizzozero Head of Public Relations QS Quacquarelli Symonds simona@qs.com pressoffice@qs.com @QS_pressoffice + 44(0)7880620856 +44 (0) 2072847248 Jack Moran Public Relations Executive QS Quacquarelli Symonds jack@qs.com +44 7714209834


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