Who are we?
The mission of HTNJ, a boundary-free incubator of integrative education, is to develop lifelong learners and global contributors who embrace Chinese heritage and culture through an innovative education model distinguished by:
- Experiential, bilingual, and inquiry-based learning programmes;
- A collaborative and inclusive culture that fosters ownership; purpose, and passions; and
- A deep connection to the local and global community
Create the future together
In 1996, the United States promulgated the National Education Technology Plan. Its action plan and general goal are: to achieve the goal of leading the world's education, and to become a leader in the design and implementation of more efficient education systems.
- In 2006, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Ministry of Education jointly launched a ten-year “Future Schools of Singapore” project, encouraging schools to expand the boundaries and connotations of learning tools, and fully incorporate the ever-developing high-tech technology to face future challenges.
- In 2011, the Finnish Ministry of Science and Technology and the local government jointly established the "Finnable 2020" project, aiming to build an innovative learning ecosystem to break the traditional limitations on learning resources, and to promote domestic and international research on the new learning environment of the 21st century empowered by future technologies.
- n 2016, the vice president of the Chinese Society of Education, Zhu Yongxin, delivered a speech, 15 Possible Changes in Future Schools, at China Education Annual Ceremony. There was a question that has always troubled him and educators who were concerned about the development of education—the famous "Question from Steve Jobs" from the United States—why the impact of the computer on school education is surprisingly small when it has changed almost all the other fields? Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan once responded, "An important reason is that schools have not changed."
There are three stages of the educational change: the first one is the reform of technology; the second one is the reform of the education mode; the last one is the reform of the education structure. But no matter how are they reformed, the nature of education will not change. The responsibility of education, including cultural transmission, knowledge innovation, and personnel training, will not change. Education must always prioritize the mission of cultivating people's character and nurturing future citizens who have both virtue and talent. At HT Nanjing, we call them "lifelong learners and global contributors who embrace Chinese heritage and culture".
What are we doing? We are chasing the dream of ideal education.
Over the past five years, we have been working busily at five schools in four cities, including Ningbo, Shanghai, Beijing and Qingdao, to turn our education dreams into reality, which have brought thousands of teachers and students together to build our ideal home. As we gain results and recognition from early efforts, we keep reflecting and learning: how to build an educational structure that is truly suitable for the Chinese? How to balance the traditional mode with the innovation need for future success in front of huge uncertainties?
What comes to your mind when you close your eyes and imagine a future school? Do you see Ipads or even wearable electronic devices replace paper books? Do you see a learning environment with multifunctional media and technology products? When technological products, such as 3D printers, interactive electronic whiteboards, and tablet computers have entered the classroom, we have found that limitations of technology-based reform are so great—If teaching modes and the focus of the teaching system stay unchanged, using smart electronic products will be no better than using blackboards.
In order to nurture lifelong learners and global contributors who embrace Chinese heritage and culture, we need you to join us to create the future school together.