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Professor Lee Chi-Kin

Professor John Lee Chi-Kin, JP
(李子建教授, JP)


Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Geographical and environmental education
  • School improvement 
  • Teacher development
  • Life and values education


Research Output




Professor John Lee Chi-Kin, President and Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, joined The Education University of Hong Kong (the then Hong Kong Institute of Education) in 2010. He was Vice President (Academic) from 2010 to 2019, and Vice President (Academic) and Provost from 2019 to 2023. Professor Lee was previously Dean of Education and a Professor at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He was also the Director of the Centre for University and School Partnership and served as a Fellow of United College and Morningside College at CUHK. Professor Lee was a recipient of The Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award 1999 at CUHK. Before that, he worked as a secondary school teacher and as a Lecturer in the Sir Robert Black College of Education.


Professor Lee graduated from The University of Hong Kong and subsequently received an MSc degree from the University of Oxford, and an MA (Education), PhD and Diploma in Education (with distinction) from CUHK. His research interests focus on curriculum and instruction, geographical and environmental education, life and values education, and teacher development and school improvement. He is active in leading education research and development projects and has a solid track record in securing external grants. Professor Lee was named among the top 2% most-cited scientists in the world in terms of career-long impact, in the latest list released by Stanford University. He was a Fellow of the Hong Kong Primary Educational Research Association.


Professor Lee has served as Editor of the International Journal of Children's Spirituality, Executive Editor of Teaching and Teacher Education and editorial board member of Teachers and Teaching, as well as an editorial board members or advisory editor of many local, regional and international journals. He is also a prolific writer, having edited and written more than 25 books, and published over 100 journal articles and book chapters. He is the leading co-editor of the Springer book series, Curriculum and School Development in Asia and Education for Sustainability, as well as The Routledge Series on Life and Values Education and The Routledge Series on Chinese Language Education.


Professor Lee has actively participated in education and social service in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas. He has held many visiting, guest and adjunct professorships at universities overseas and in mainland China. He has served as Changjiang Scholar Chair Professor, conferred by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. He has served as Honorary Advisor (Education) of Sik Sik Yuen, the Hong Kong Kindergarten Association, and the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers; as Advisor of the Character Education Foundation (CEF) and the Hong Kong Association of Deputy Principals; as Academic Advisor of the Association of Inspectors, Education Bureau (AIEDB), and so forth. He is also a Member of the Academic Committee of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Primary and Secondary Schools Principal Federation and Chairman of the Academic Committee of the Center for Hong Kong and Macao Research of South China Normal University. In addition, he was appointed by the Hong Kong SAR Government as a Justice of the Peace (JP).


Professor Lee is a member of the 14th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the UNESCO Chair in Regional Education Development and Lifelong Learning (2019-2023; 2023-2027), a Research Fellow of The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), and Director of the Academy for Applied Policy Studies and Education Futures, Academy for Educational Development and Innovation, and Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education at EdUHK.