Renewal of EdUHK’s UNESCO Chair
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) held a ceremony today (2 May 2019) to celebrate the third appointment of the UNESCO Chair. The appointment, first awarded to EdUHK in 2011, has been renewed for another four-year term, and has been renamed the UNESCO Chair in Regional Education Development and Lifelong Learning.
The newly nominated UNESCO Chair holder is Professor John Lee Chi-kin, who is currently Vice President (Academic), Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of the Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education, and Co-Director of the Centre for Education in Environmental Sustainability at EdUHK.
Addressing the ceremony, Vice President (Research and Development) Professor Lui Tai-lok said, “EdUHK has long championed the nurturing of professional educators through innovative learning and teaching, in addition to advocating education for all across the region. With this re-appointment, I have every confidence that the new UNESCO Chair will develop a broader network with other UNESCO Chairs and institutions to maximise synergy for the benefit of Hong Kong society and beyond in the long run.”
On the occasion, Professor Lee outlined the major focal points over the coming four years of appointment, including support for UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals, the development of 21st century skills and positive values, capacity building across education sectors, and technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Other UNESCO priorities and strategies, including life and values education, environmental education and intercultural education, will be involved as well.
With the aim of expanding the impact on Hong Kong and other regions, the Chair presented his four-year work plan in a meeting last month in Beijing with the UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office and the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO. The Chair will also continue to strengthen connections with other UNESCO Chairs, as well as local and international institutions, to facilitate collaboration in research, projects, publications and other activities, such as seminars and student internship schemes.