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How are AI technologies re-shaping the way students learn in China and what is the reality on the ground? Looking beyond the hype and the headlines, Jeremy Knox (University of Oxford), Karen Hao (Wall Street Journal), Li Yuan (Beijing Normal University), Ye Liu (King's College London - chair) will join online and in-person to offer expert insight into the ways AI policy and educational practice are playing out across diverse contexts in China.

Refreshments will be provided.


Jeremy Knox is Associate Professor of Digital Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford, and an Official Fellow of Kellogg College. His research interests include the relationships between education, data-driven technologies and wider society, and he has led projects funded by the ESRC and the British Council in the UK. Jeremy has previously served as co-Director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, and currently co-convenes the Society for Research in Higher Education Digital University network. His published work includes AI and Education in China (2023), Data Justice and the Right to the City (2022), The Manifesto for Teaching Online (2020), Artificial Intelligence and Inclusive Education (2019), and Posthumanism and the Massive Open Online Course (2016).

Karen Hao is an award-winning journalist covering the impacts of artificial intelligence on society and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly a foreign correspondent covering China's technology industry for the Wall Street Journal and a senior editor for AI at MIT Technology Review. Her work is regularly taught in universities and cited by governments. She has received numerous accolades for her coverage, including an ASME Next Award for Journalists Under 30. She received her B.S. from MIT.

Li Yuan, Director of the Centre for Connective Intelligence in Education (CCIE) at the College of Education for the Future at Beijing Normal University Zhuhai Campus and a Senior Researcher in AIED at the Digital Education Innovation Lab, University of Cambridge. For the last 20 years, Professor Yuan has worked in the UK, including Cetis (a National Innovation Support Centre for UK Higher Education), researching and investigating the impact of technology in education and support innovative use of digital technology in teaching and learning. Her main research interests including: Artificial Intelligence and Future Education; Learning Analytics and Educational Assessment and Online/Blended Learning.

Ye Liu is a Reader at the Department of International Development. Prior to King’s, she was a Senior Lecturer in International Education at Bath Spa University between 2013 and 2016, and was a lecturer of Contemporary Chinese Studies and Director of the BA programme in Chinese Studies at the University College Cork, Ireland from 2012 to 2013. The recipient of early-career awards (the 2014 Junior Sociologist Prize by the Research Committee on Women in Society of the ISA and the 2014 SRHE Newer Research Award), Ye holds a PhD in Comparative Sociology from the Institute of Education, University of London. Outside academia, Ye has written for the Conversation, Foreign Affairs and the MUSE. Her research has been featured in the Financial Times, the Guardian, BBC News, the Protocol, the ChinaFile, the Reuters News and the Times Higher Education. She has also appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, the BBC Why Factor, the National Committee of the US-China Relations Podcast and the China Changing Festival at the Southbank Centre.

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Ye Liu

Reader in International Development

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River Room
King's Building
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS