Sollen und Sein -- an innovative exploration of philanthropy education in Universities: a review of the third Zijiang Forum

On November 3, the third Zijiang philanthropy education and talent training forum was held in East China Normal University. The theme of the forum is Sollen und Sein - an innovation exploration of philanthropy education in universities. Many experts and scholars concerned about philanthropy education are invited to discuss the innovation and development of talents training of philanthropy.

Tong Shijun, the secretary of the Party committee of East China Normal University, attended and delivered the opening speech. Many guests such as Zhang Jing, the director of the vocational, social work and volunteer service division of Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, Cheng Gang, the executive vice president and President of the Foundation Center network, He Jiangying, the senior partner of Korn Ferry International, and Xu Jialiang, President of China Public Welfare Development Institute of Shanghai Jiaotong University attended and delivered speeches.

The forum was hosted by Chen Lin

The forum was hosted by Chen Lin, the Secretary General of Shanghai Zijiang Foundation and the founder of ECN University Zijiang Center of Philanthropy. Chen Lin pointed out that since its establishment in 2017, Zijiang Center has been committed to building an intra industry communication platform and improving discipline construction and talent training. It is hoped that this forum will promote the dialogue between scholars and experts in the industry, share the experience in the practice of public welfare education, and bring new ideas and inspirations to China's public welfare education.

Professional public welfare talents training should return to the source of Education

Tong Shijun, the secretary of the Party committee of East China Normal University, put forward in his opening speech that with China's economic and social development entering a new stage, the significance of public welfare charity for building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way and realizing people's yearning for a better life is increasing. At the same time, the requirements for the professional quality of public welfare talents are more and more important.

Tong Shijun introduced that the School of Social Development of East China Normal University started earlier in the talents training. At the beginning of 2017, with the support of Zijiang foundation, a relatively systematic training course for charitable talents was opened. By October 2019, nearly 800 people had participated in the course.

Tong Shijun said that public welfare education is the foundation and support for the development of philanthropy undertakings. The development of philanthropy education is consistent with the original intention and mission of establishing morality and cultivating people in East China Normal University. The development of Zijiang Center should be promoted simultaneously with the exploration of talents training in the school, making public charity education becomes the fine tradition of East China Normal University.

Speech by Tong Shijun

A interdisciplinary perspective on the new situation of non-profit organizations leadership

He Jiangying, the senior partner of Korn Ferry international and general manager of life science industry in Asia Pacific region, attended the forum and delivered a speech entitled Leadership in Developing and Cultivating Public Talents. She suggested that the trend of big data and other advanced technologies will reshape the structure of non-profit organizations. However, the limited resources, the lack of strategic objectives and performance indicators, and the maladjustment of talent demand pose a great challenge to the development of non-profit organizations. In this regard, He Jiangying proposed that under the new situation, the leaders and practitioners of non-profit organizations are not purely business oriented, they should take social innovation and social influence into account, and constantly improve the corresponding driving force and personal ability to meet the challenges of development.

Speech by He Jiangying

Jump outside the box to explore the end point of public talents education

This forum has launched a multi-dimensional discussion on philanthropy talents education, and the guests have contributed their perspectives from the perspectives of research institutions, practical institutions and the government.

Discussion on the demand of public talents and the structure of talents

  • At present, there is a lack of philanthropy talents, especially for composite talents:

Huang Haoming, the vice president of the Institute of international public welfare, pointed out that according to the relevant research on the average number of employees of Chinese social organizations in the past 15 years, the number of full-time employees that can be employed by a social organization is 11.9, and by 2019, the number of social organizations nationwide has reached 835000, with an employment population of about 10 million, and there is still a lack of 30 million employment in China. Huang Haoming pointed out that the current public welfare industry needs compound talents with three qualities of governance, implementation and adherence.

② Need to improve the top-level design and build the talent Incubation Platform:

Zhang Jing, the director of the vocational and social work and Volunteer Service Department of Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, pointed out that the foundation fund in Shanghai has reached more than 20 billion yuan, which provides a more favorable guarantee for the cultivation and introduction of cross-border talents. Zhang Jing believes that the government needs to improve the top-level design, build a talent incubation platform, and play a positive role in the cultivation of public talents.

③ Both personnel training and cross-border introduction should be focused on:

Sun Chunmiao, the Deputy Secretary General of Dunhe foundation, put forward that the core purpose of philanthropy is to mobilize more people to participate in public issues, and professional people are to refine the general ability to achieve excellence. At the same time, we should import more talents and resources gap from the internal and external aspects to meet the need of talents.

In the theme discussion of Innovation Mode of philanthropy Education in Universities, Liu Zhiyang, the vice president of business school and executive vice president of entrepreneurship School of Shanghai University of Finance and economics, put forward that the ultimate purpose of charity is to shape ‘complete mind’ and realize ‘modernization of human beings’. He suggested that we should focus on business innovation, science and technology innovation and education innovation to realize the dual mission of public welfare and human development.

Li Jian, the executive director of the research center of the foundation of the Central University for nationalities, believes that charity education in Colleges and universities should start with policy design and curriculum system research and development. At the same time, it is necessary to strengthen the cooperation between colleges and universities and the community of public welfare practice, so as to jointly cultivate new public welfare talents in line with the development of the times.

Zhang Li, a researcher and partner of Yeqing Social Innovation Center, believes that the cultivation of public welfare talents should be improved in many aspects, such as industry upstream, specific projects, talent deep processing and human resource allocation.

Discussion on the innovation mode of public welfare education in Universities

In the afternoon, we held four sub forums to carry out dialogues on the four themes of matching the needs of public talents with college education, college public welfare projects from the perspective of students, college social innovation and youth participation, public welfare research.

Li Zhiyan, the secretary-general of the funder Roundtable forum, LV Quanbin, the secretary-general of the China Foundation Development Forum, Xie Jiachen, the Professor of the school of public welfare and charity management, Pujiang college, Nanjing University of technology, Xu Jialiang, Dean of the China Institute of public welfare development, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Yang Ye, deputy secretary-general of the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, attended the roundtable Forum on matching the needs of public talents with college education, and discussed the cooperation between higher education and practical institutions.

At the end of the forum, Wen Jun, a distinguished professor of Changjiang Scholars of the Ministry of education and Dean of the school of social development of East China Normal University, delivered a closing speech.

Closing speech by Wen Jun

In his speech, Wen Jun pointed out that the essence of education is to awaken the conscience and kindness of the whole society through the training of professional methods.

The forum is based on the dialogue between University researchers and practitioners. From a multi-dimensional perspective, the guests discussed what kind of public talents we need and what kind of possible appearance of public talents training in different levels and fields, which well echoed the forum theme of Sollen und Sein. At the same time, he put forward his hope for the future, hoping that on the basis of this forum, the next year's public welfare talent training forum will have a more differentiated development discussion.

Group photo of guests

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