On September 24th, 2017,at the opening ceremony of “Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow – Play, Creativity, and Social Values”, hosted by Tsinghua University, China – Denmark’s education symposium, the TULLL fellowship lauching ceremony was held.  2017 EMBA graduates of Tsinghua University Zhenyu Wang, Li Yu and Na Liu, Tsinghua University in 2017, honoured with the title of TULLL Fellow. Denmark’s Crown Prince gave the certificates to the three TULLL fellows


Zhenyu Wang

2017 EMBA in Tsinghua University

Member of Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence special committee

Founder of KMPRO

Founder of  6ears


Li Yu

2017 EMBA in Tsinghua University

Vice President  of the party committee  of Tomorrow Advancing Life

Secretary of the party committee  of Tomorrow Advancing Life

President of Education group


Na Liu

2017 EMBA in Tsinghua University

Chairman of Zenity Foundation

Chairman of China Fortune Foundation

Project Introduction

In September 2015, the United Nations(UN) committed to 17 sustainable development goals (or SDG). Governments will strive to achieve goals like eradicating absolute poverty, against inequality and responding to climate changes for the next 15 years. Thus, the youth should be able to play an active and meaningful role in tackling SDG. This project is co-organized by Tsinghua University  and the University of Geneva, cooperated with University College of London, related organizations, and other related corporates and institutions, and devoted to exploring effective and practical crowd-sourcing sustainable development ways.

Project Content

Part 1
During the Geneva part of the SDG Summer School, the focus is on meeting with experts from the University of Geneva, the UN and other INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS to explore how various forms of open data and technologies could make a difference in tracking and tackling the SDGs. Based on expert guidance, students work in teams to conceive novel solutions, suitable for use by students and their teachers in middle and high school.
In Geneva
In HoChiMinh City
In New York 
During the SDG SUMMER PROJECT, which lasts four weeks, student teams develop their concept and design a prototype, while working in one of the laboratories of a recently established network called the UNITED LABS FOR THE GLOBAL GOALS. These labs each have their own area of expertise, and the location of each team will depend on the project’s specific needs.
At the Tsinghua part of the School, students spend one week in BEIJING and one in SHENZHEN. They work with a range of low-cost consumer technologies and open source software tools in order to build their prototype, in close collaboration with Chinese middle and high school students. They learn about how their prototypes can be produced in China’s vibrant manufacturing hub Shenzhen, and present their final results to a panel of design, development and production experts.

On the sixth week of 2017 SDG summer school, students came to Tsinghua University, Beijing, spend 1 week on Tsinghua Lab for Lifelong Learning(TULLL).

Welcomed by TULLL and relevant institutions representatives, students visited Tsinghua X-Lab, iCenter, Academy of Arts & Design,School of Environment and Tsinghua University Art Museum.

So far, the groups has

Group of Humanitarian Kit: the design of the product prototype has been completed, and the construction of the web site has been started;

Group of SDG Game: the SDG game is very popular with the early high school students.On next week students will add AR and other technologies to make the game more attractive;

Group of Smart Trash:the Smart Trash group successfully produced a garbage bucket model that can automatically scan and identify garbage classification;

Group of Cosmic π: the project video is eye-catching. Students are going to design a low cost cosmic ray detector.

On Friday afternoon, students gave their presentations. TULLL broadcast it on live, and over 300 people watched online. 

Review the presentation

A Lab for Lifelong Learning at Tsinghua University (TULLL) was inaugurated on April 19th  ,2016 at the Lee Shau-Kee Science and Technology Building, by Vice President of Tsinghua University Yang Bin, and Hanne Rasmussen, CEO of the LEGO Foundation.

The Lab aims to become an international teaching and research center, developing in-depth research and innovation on theory as well as techniques of innovative pedagogies. It will also create tools and platforms better serving exploration and tactile learning for students.

Vice President Yang and CEO Rasmussen gave an opening speech at the inauguration. Deputy Head of Mission of the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing, Lars Bo Larsen also offered his congratulations for the opening of the new lab at the ceremony.

After the opening ceremony, a panel was held to discuss supporting innovative pedagogies and looking into the future.

The mission of TULLL is to explore innovative pedagogies through mixed-age and cross-disciplinary learning activities, focusing on creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving capabilities.

Vice President Yang, along with CEO Rasmussen and other guests, visited the Lab on Tuesday and looked at the curricula for three age groups: early learners group (8-10 years old), middle learners group (12-14 years old), and undergraduate group (19-21 years old). Their tour was guided and introduced by Xu Yingqing, the Director of TULLL.

TULLL will build itself into an international cooperation center, where Chinese students can communicate with companions from different regions, understanding differences among various cultures and thinking modes.

The LEGO Foundation will share its experiences from other international projects and partners, supporting agenda advancement, and will extend the expansion of TULLL’s research. It has already collaborated with MIT Media Lab and the University of Cambridge, progressing at the front of the field of innovative pedagogies.

TULLL is accessible to students from all specialties for learning through practice platforms such as LEGO robots. With TULLL, not only can students master primary skills of robot programming, but they can also develop creative concept prototypes of innovative products.

TULLL’s program affords students the opportunity to integrate design, art, science, technology, and even project management into practice, helping to train the comprehensive abilities of students.

Tsinghua University has been collaborating with the LEGO Foundation for three years. Their cooperation is based on the shared value that the innovation of education systems will benefit society greatly. During the cooperation, the two sides have together founded innovative learning workshops.

TULLL was co-founded by the Academy of Arts & Design, the Fundamental Industry Training Center (iCenter), and the Institute of Education at Tsinghua University. It is supported by the LEGO Foundation, and Tsinghua University Education Foundation (donated by Tsinghua University’s alumna Ms. Huang Xia-Fei).

(From Office of Global Communications and Outreach,Tsinghua University)


On September 24th, 2017, Denmark’s Crown Prince, Denmark’s Minister of Higher Education and Science, the Danish Ambassador Mr Anders Carsten Damsgaard visited TULLL. Bin Yang, vice President and provost of Tsinghua University, welcomed the guests.

The Danish crown prince and guests watched the innovative work designed by students from Tsinghua University and The High School Attached to Tsinghua University, showing keen interest and communicating with students. Later, TULLL director Yingqing Xu introduced the lab’s current research project to guests. The laboratory focuses on the early learning process of children to research lifelong learning and cognitive development. Finally, guests listened to the innovative learning workshops of Tsinghua students. Under the guidance of the teacher, the primary school students took “world environment problem” as the theme, designed solutions , produced a vivid model through group cooperation.

At the end of the course, students from Tsinghua University Primary School presented hand-painted fans to the guests.

The 2017 International Conference on Lifelong Learning, organized by the Lab for Lifelong Learning, Tsinghua University (TULLL) was held on May 20-21, 2017 at the University. The conference aims to promote the concept of lifelong learning in global context of science and technology development in the 21st century. We also aim to convene experts, scholars, educators, innovative practitioners, and all stakeholders in the field of education to share their research and exemplary practices both in China and abroad. Lifelong learning is a mindset that empowers individuals to continuously and actively pursue self-fulfilment. Lifelong learning is also an approach that develops holistic competences for a changing world. Through the process of self-motivating, reflective thinking, relentless pursuing, lifelong learners acquire new knowledge and skills. The concept of lifelong learning advances with the wave of scientific and technological innovation, and remains everlastingly novel with practice of every person.

280 attendees from China, Denmark, France, United States, Switzerland, Hong Kong, as well as participants from other countries and regions joined the conference. In addition, the video conference was watched live online by approximately 800 person-times. Vice President of Tsinghua University, Director-General of Tsinghua University Education Foundation, Director of Advisory Committee for TULLL, Professor Bin Yang, delivered the opening speech. Professor Yang first warmly welcomed the guests and participants who attended the conference from all over the world, and expressed appreciation to the LEGO Foundation for their continuous support of TULLL. Professor Yang shared his understanding and thoughts of lifelong learning from both theoretical and practical perspectives. He pointed out that lifelong learning in China still has a long way to go, and life-long learning remains the challenge that everyone faces, and therefore,“the convening of this meeting took place exactly the time when needed. It will certainly play a positive impact in promoting the concept of lifelong learning in China.”Ms. Qiang Liu, Division Head from the Educational Equipment Research and Development Center of the Ministry of Education, also delivered a her speech with passion. She pointed out that“lifelong learning is a very important topic at present. Education is not only imparting knowledge, but more importantly to cultivate talents and shape personality.”

The ICLL has invited 10 influential keynote speakers. They are:

Professor Mitchel Resnick from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Bo Stjerne Thomsen from the LEGO Foundation

Professor Weihe Xie from Tsinghua University

Professor Todd Lubart from the University Paris Descartes

Professor Yan-Jie Su from Peking University

Prof. Jie-Qi Chen from the Erikson Institute in the U.S.

Professor Francois Grey from the University of Geneva

Professor Ying-Qing Xu from TULLL

The Principal of Tsinghua University Primary School, Gui-Mei Dou

The Executive Principal of the Tsinghua University International, Wen-Ying Zhang.

Each of them delivered outstanding and inspirational talks on topics of lifelong learning and innovative practices of educational practices. Teaching staff from primary schools, secondary schools and universities have participated in the Conference, as well as educators and specialists from educational institutions and global companies. Over 40 guest speakers were invited to present on 8 insightful workshops each day on the following topics that were interested to the particiants: Research on the Development of Creativity, Lifelong learning and Creative Learning (Interdisciplinary Education for Creative Learning), Pedagogy workshop (Project-based Learning, Four in One Teaching and Learning, Learning through Play), Play and Learning for Life (Exploring Tangible Technology Tools with Young Children and the Digital Play Framework), Creative Education Practice (Technology and Innovative Education, What we talk about when we talk about Innovative Education), How to design Learning Product with Technology, Learning Content Revolution-Content Design in the Interactive Multimedia Era, Innovative Practices of Engineering Education, Practices of Engineering Education in Industry. On day one, the educational documentary of the“Most Likely to Succeed”was screened over the lunch time and on day two, a Build the Change activity showcasing learning through play was broadcasted from the Danish Embassy to the ICLL participants in Tsinghua University. Over the two days, the participants and guest speakers shared their insights and generated many great ideas. The International Conferece on Lifelong Learning has contributed to the future lifelong learning research and practices.