Dr Terry Qian

Born in Shanghai, Terry finished his K-12 education in China and received his BA from Peking University in Arabic language and culture. During his nine years living in the US, he received his doctorate degree in education leadership from the University of Southern California, specialising in K12 education administration. Terry also holds two Master’s degrees, one in second language studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and the other in organisational communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Terry has been the headmaster for Peide School, associate director for Beanstalk International Bilingual School, director for international education at the Communication University of China, president for Yihai Education Group, division principal for the International School of the Peninsula, and clinical professor at Loyola Marymount University. His presentation, “Bear’s paw and fish: A gently biased comparison between Chinese and Western Education” has been viewed online more than 10 million times.

Terry published two books in 2016: Diary of a School Principal and Divergence and Convergence between Chinese and Western Education. He raised US$56,000 by selling his books online, ranking No.1 on a crowd-funding website and donated all the royalties.

Terry’s research interests and expertise involve comparison between Chinese and Western education, two-way immersion bilingual education, 21st century skills, international school design and management, curriculum development and integration, principal and teacher hiring and training, experiential learning, PBL, 1st and 2nd language acquisition and teaching, cross-cultural communication, study abroad advising, camp education, etc. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cooking and practicing Chinese calligraphy.

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