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Launch Ceremony of the UNESCO Chair

Launch Ceremony for the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Education and the Lecture & Community Dialogue on Sustainability and Education for All: Partnership for Service in the Global Village was held at The University of Hong Kong on 18 May 2012.The lecture was delivered by Professor Mark Bray, the UNESCO Chair Holder. Dr Tang Qian, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, was also present at the ceremony. The Community Dialogue was chaired by Professor Bray with the following panel members:

  • Professor Lee Ngok, JP, Vice-President, UNESCO-HK
  • Dr David Atchoarena, UNESCO Director of Division for Teacher Development & Higher Education
  • Dr John Tan, Principal, Wah Yan College Kowloon; HKU Graduate
  • Ms Ann Kildahl, HKU Sustainability Manager; HKU PhD Student
  • Ms Sulata Maheshwari, HKU MEd Student

Two of UNESCO's flagship programmes are Education for All (EFA) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The EFA goals set at the turn of the millennium are now being reviewed for a vision beyond 2015, and related discussions focus on the ESD agenda. The EFA and ESD programmes will also provide the core mandate for the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Education at HKU. Members of the Faculty of Education, HKU have long focused on dimensions of quality education across cultures and income groups; and Hong Kong as a whole needs to be involved in sustainable development as much as other parts of the world. In the education sector, UNESCO Chairs have been established in 74 of UNESCO's 195 Member States. This is the first Chair specifically to be framed by the field of Comparative Education. HKU occupies a significant physical and temporal space for such comparative work. Creation of the UNESCO Chair opens a new avenue for collaboration with multiple partners to serve both local and global communities.

 

From left:Professor Mark Bray, UNESCO Chair Holder; Professor Roland Chin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost; Professor Stephen Andrews, Dean of Education; Dr Tang Qian, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education; Dr David Atchoarena, UNESCO Director of Division for Teacher Development & Higher Education; Ms Mitzi Leung, Vice-President, UNESCO-HK

 

Community Dialogue: (From left) Professor Mark Bray; Professor Lee Ngok; Ms Ann Kildahl; Ms Sulata Maheshwari; Dr David Atchoarena; Dr John Tan

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