The award ceremony for the 2020 Outstanding Teaching Award was held at South China University of Technology on the morning of November 20, 2020. Zheng Nanning, CAE member and XJTU professor, won the Award.
Experts of the Evaluation Committee unanimously agreed that Professor Zheng Nanning established China’s earliest artificial intelligence research institution to nurture high-level talents and meet national strategic requirements. He prioritized academic teaching and moral education, led the launch of the Pilot Class for Top Artificial Intelligence Talents, and served as the chief editor to finalize Knowledge Systemsand Curriculum Settings for Undergraduate Programs of Artificial Intelligence, a book setting an exemplary model for artificial intelligence education. He advanced the Four Steps of Education: "2+4+X", "college system", "engineering workshop", and "sportsmanship ", making him a pioneer in talent training system reform and innovative talent training.
Supported by the Ministry of Education of China, the Outstanding Teaching Award and jointly established by the China Teacher Development Foundation and Chen Yidan Charity Foundation, it is considered the most prestigious higher education prize in China.