HKIEd Appoints Professor John Lee as Next Vice President (Academic)
Professor John Lee Chi-kin has been appointed as the next Vice President (Academic) at The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) for a term of three years, the Institute announced today (6 January 2010). He is also given the concurrent appointment of Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction.
Professor John Lee’s appointment follows an international search process by a dedicated Search Committee set up by the HKIEd Council. He will succeed the incumbent Vice President (Academic) Professor Lee Wing-on, who had indicated earlier this year that he would not seek reappointment upon expiry of his current contract.
Chairman of the HKIEd Council and of the Search Committee, Mr Pang Yiu-kai, says: “We are delighted to have Professor John Lee joining the HKIEd to lead our expanding academic team. I am sure that his outstanding academic achievements, extensive experience in education and record in public service will contribute significantly to the HKIEd’s development as we progress to become a leading education-focused, research-strong and multi-disciplinary institution for the Asia Pacific region.”
Professor Lee is currently Dean of Education and Professor of Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is an active academic on curriculum and instruction, geographical and environmental education, and school improvement. Professor Lee has published widely in scholarly journals, authored and edited books, and has demonstrated a strong track record of external funding support for research and development projects.
In his capacity as Vice President (Academic), Professor Lee will provide leadership in the Institute’s expansion strategies of academic capacity, supervise the planning and implementation of its broadening academic disciplines and programme offerings in education and beyond, as well as oversee the review of curriculum and learning framework in preparation for the new 334 academic structure.
HKIEd President Professor Anthony B. L. Cheung extends a warm welcome to Professor Lee and says: “Professor Lee will be playing a key role in the transformation as outlined in our Strategic Plan 2009-2012 and Beyond. With the continuous strengthening of our academic line-up and the determination of staff members, I am confident we will rise up to new challenges and will make a difference to the educational landscape of Hong Kong and the wider region.”
Both Mr Pang and Professor Cheung also thank Professor Lee Wing-on for his strong dedication to the Institute and the significant contribution he had made over the years as Vice President (Academic) and Deputy to the President. He has provided capable leadership in academic planning and development, especially in the “334” curriculum restructuring.
The Institute is taking bold steps with plans to broaden the range of programme offerings at different levels. It aims to launch a Bachelor of Arts in Languages Studies and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Global and Environmental Studies in 2010/11, followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts and Culture.
In preparation for the new “334” academic structure, the Institute is also designing a new undergraduate curriculum that integrates advanced knowledge, skills and values, providing a total learning experience for Hong Kong’s future generation of teachers.
As a strategic move to grow its research capacity and training infrastructure, the HKIEd will set up a Graduate School to support the research postgraduate programmes in Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) later this year.
Appendix: Brief Biography of Professor John Lee