About Tsinghua University Lab for Lifelong Learning (TULLL)

The establishment of TULLL is the result of a long-term strategic partnership between Tsinghua University and the LEGO Foundation. TULLL focuses on interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research around creative learning. The key interest of the Lab is to support creativity and learning throughout the Chinese education system and international education community from early childhood through university, by establishing a learning environment that stimulates competencies like creativity, collaboration, innovation and problem solving, regardless of age or subject matter.

TULLL has three main purposes :

  • To promote new technologies and play-based activities to stimulate creative engagement among children and students.
  • To study how play influences the creativity and learning of children and students.
  • To convene decision-makers, change-makers, educators, and innovators across the educational system of China and worldwide.

TULLL is co-supported by the Academy of Arts & Design, the Fundamental Industry Training Center (iCenter), and the Institute of Education at Tsinghua University.


“Empower Every Lifelong Learner”

It’s one’s mindsets, attitudes, and behaviors that shape someone to be a lifelong learner. One’s mindset should be on built on “growth” while also being “process-driven”, whereby people are given the freedom to be autonomous and do not fear change. One’s attitude should be “proactive”, specifically referring to the ability to self-motivate, act spontaneously, and experience self-reward. Behaviors should be “action-based”, whereby a “show, don’t tell” approach is paramount. TULLL is committed to infuse the spirit of lifelong learning into the mainstream and initiating positive change!


  • Redefine educational outcomes for all age groups, with a greater emphasis on imagination, cross-disciplinary integration and developing skills for lifelong learning.
  • Develop and showcase innovative learning technologies and tools which can inform formal educational systems as well as inspiring the informal maker communities.
  • Conduct world-class scientific research on learning behavior and environment, with an emphasis on early childhood.
  • Convene decision makers, education practitioners, technological innovators and all lifelong learners on a global scale.

About Tsinghua University and the LEGO Foundation

Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University was established in 1911. As one of the most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research. The educational philosophy of Tsinghua is to “train students with integrity”. With the motto of “Self-Discipline and Social Commitment” and the spirit of “Actions Speak Louder than Words”, Tsinghua University is dedicated to the well-being of Chinese society and to world development.

LEGO Foundation

The LEGO Foundation aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow; a mission that it shares with the LEGO Group. The LEGO Foundation is dedicated to building a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners. It works to re-define play and re-imagine learning. In collaboration with thought leaders, influencers, educators and parents, the LEGO Foundation aims to equip, inspire and activate champions for play. It supports TULLL financially, with in kind donations and with access to its international research network such as MIT, University of Cambridge and Harvard University.

Our Team

Yingqing Xu, Director
Yingqing Xu, Director PhD of Institute of Computing Technology Chinese Academy of Sciences
Emma Peng, Deputy Director
Emma Peng, Deputy Director University of Oxford, MSc Water Science, Policy and Management
Alex Zhang, Curriculum Design Lead
Alex Zhang, Curriculum Design Lead Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, International MBA
Zhen Wu, Lead Researcher
Zhen Wu, Lead Researcher University of Iowa, PhD in Psychology
Di Zhao, Researcher
Di Zhao, ResearcherStanford University, MA in Education
Jingyu Xi, Researcher
Jingyu Xi, ResearcherBoston University, M.Ed Teaching English to speakers of other languages
Xuanzi Tao, Public Relationship
Xuanzi Tao, Public RelationshipCity University of Hong Kong, MA in Applied Economics
Siyu Zha, Education Research Specialist
Siyu Zha, Education Research SpecialistBeijing Normal University,MA in Education
Deyu Woody Wang, Executive Director
Deyu Woody Wang, Executive DirectorTsinghua University, MSc Industrial Engineering

We are very fortunate to be able to work with an array of wonderful consultants, including Georgine Paltzer from the LEGO Foundation and Prof. Francois Grey, the International Director from the University of Geneva. Furthermore, we will be supported on an ongoing basis by a team of graduate students mainly from the Academy of Art and Design and the School of Social Sciences at Tsinghua.