Professor John Lee Reappointed as UNESCO Chair
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) announced today (13 March) that its Vice President (Academic) and Provost Professor John Lee Chi-kin had been reappointed as UNESCO Chair in Regional Education Development and Lifelong Learning for another four years, on completion of his first term in 2023.
The UNESCO Chairs Programme is a prestigious global network dedicated to promoting collaboration within academia to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. The network covers over 850 universities and research institutions worldwide. The appointment – first awarded to EdUHK in 2011 – was renamed the UNESCO Chair in Regional Education Development and Lifelong Learning in 2018.
As a renowned education scholar of high international standing, Professor Lee aims to strengthen support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the development of 21st century skills and positive values. In his second term as UNESCO Chair, Professor Lee will continue to make efforts in realising UNESCO’s priorities in areas such as life and values education, environmental education and intercultural education.
Welcoming the appointment, EdUHK President Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung said, “UNESCO Chair is of strategic importance to EdUHK as an education-focused university which strives to shape the educational agenda and future in the region. The renewal is testimony to the University’s unswerving commitment to addressing pressing educational challenges and issues, in collaboration with local, regional and global partners.”
Professor Lee thanked UNESCO for its unfailing support. “I am much honoured to be entrusted with this important role as a bridge-builder in fostering a vibrant scholarly community for the benefit of educational and social advancement. I look forward to working with other UNESCO Chairs, local and international higher education institutions as well as policymakers, to realise the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in the region,” he said.
Apart from his role as UNESCO Chair, Professor Lee has served as the Changjiang Chair Professor, conferred by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, and a Research Fellow of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). He also led a team of experts 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 and 2018.
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