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Welcome to the website of the UNESCO Chair at the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)!

The appointment was first awarded to EdUHK in 2011 as the very first UNESCO Chair in Education in Hong Kong. The third appointment (2019-2023) has been renamed the UNESCO Chair in Regional Education Development and Lifelong Learning.  

The UNESCO Chair holder, Professor Lee Chi-Kin John aspires to strengthen the support for UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the development of 21st century skills and positive values, capacity building across education sectors, and TVET. In addition, the Chair also concerns other UNESCO’s priorities and strategies in the area of Life and Values Education, Environmental Education and Intercultural Education in particular.

Professor John Lee Chi-Kin is Vice President (Academic) and Provost and Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at EdUHK. 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 served as a Fellow of United College and Morningside College at CUHK.

His research interests focus on curriculum and instruction, life and values education, geographical and environmental education, teacher education and school improvement. He serves as the Editor of International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, Executive Editor of Teaching and Teacher Education 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 30 books, and published over 100 journal articles and book chapters.

His recent selected co-edited books are Transnational Education and Curriculum Studies: International Perspectives (co-edited with Noel Gough, 2020, Routledge), Green Schools Globally: Stories of Impact on Education for Sustainable Development (co-edited with Annette Gough and Eric P.K. Tsang, 2020, Springer) and Theorizing Teaching and Learning in Asia and Europe – A Conversation between Chinese Curriculum and European Didactics (co-edited with Kerry Kennedy, 2017, Routledge).

He has received the title of the Changjiang Scholar Chair Professor conferred by the Ministry of Education, the People’s Republic of China and a Research Fellow of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). Professor Lee is also the Director of CRSE, Co-Director (Research) of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Co-Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development at EdUHK.

If you would like to learn more about our work, please feel free to contact us at unescochair@eduhk.hk.

June 2023