Skip to main content
John Lee

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

President (Designate)
Vice President (Academic) and Provost

Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Geographical and environmental education
  • School improvement


Research Output




Professor John Lee Chi-kin, Vice President (Academic) and Provost and Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, joined the University (the then Hong Kong Institute of Education) in 2010. He was Dean of Education and Professor of Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Professor Lee was also the Director of the Centre for University and School Partnership and had served as a Fellow of United College and Morningside College at CUHK. He had worked as a secondary school teacher and a Lecturer at the Sir Robert Black College of Education.


Professor Lee graduated from The University of Hong Kong and received his MSc degree from the University of Oxford, M.A. (Ed.) and PhD degrees as well as a Diploma in Education (with distinctions) from CUHK. His research interests focus on curriculum and instruction, geographical and environmental education, and school improvement. He is active in leading and securing education research and development projects and has a solid track record in securing external grants. One of his projects (together with Prof Jim Chi-yung, Dr Alice Chow Sin-yin and team), "Tree Assessment for Life Education (TALE) Project", has won a Silver Medal in the first-ever virtual edition of Geneva's Inventions Expo held in March 2021 and won a Gold Medal and Special Award in the International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN) in August 2021. He is the recipient of the President’s Award of Outstanding Performance in Knowledge Transfer (Team Award) in 2016/17. He has served as the Editor of International Journal of Children's Spirituality (IJCS), Regional Editor (Asia Pacific) of Educational Research and Evaluation and Executive Editor of Teachers and Teaching as well as editorial board members or advisory editors of many local, regional and international journals. He is also a prolific writer who has edited and written more than 25 books, and published over 100 journal articles and book chapters.


Professor Lee has actively participated in education and social service in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas. He served as the UNESCO consultant of an environmental education project in China, an executive governing board member of International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement and a technology support committee member of International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies and etc. He had led a team of colleagues, appointed by the World Bank, to serve as the Consultant for the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training’s Enhancing Teacher Education Program in 2017-2018. He has also held many visiting/guest/adjunct professorships at universities overseas and in mainland China. He has served as the Changjiang Chair Professor conferred by the Ministry of Education, the People’s Republic of China.


Professor Lee is also 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, The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Research Fellow, Director of the Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education, Co-Director (Research) of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and Co-Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development at EdUHK.