HiESD Director

Professor Karen Q. Cheung

Executive President & Secretary-General of UNESCO Hong Kong Association;
Director of Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development;

President of World Institute of Sustainable Development Planner;
Executive Director (Hong Kong) of National Working Committee for UNESCO Project on ESD;
Director of Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers;
Visiting Professor of the South China Normal University Education Development Higher Research Institution of The Greater Bay Area;
Expert Advisor & Chair of the Expert Committee, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Institue of ESD
Vice President of the Chinese Academic Committee of UN PRME (UN Principles for Responsible Management Education)

Prof. Cheung is a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of International Trade, a Ph.D of Industrial Economics. She is a Certified Risk Planner, Senior Member of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (1996-2006) , Senior Fellow of World Institute of Sustainable Development Planners and Certified Sustainable Development Planner (CSDP).

Prof. Cheung, director of China Representative Office for Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA- Canada), she has been providing international accounting professional trainings and certification from 1998-2014. Prof. Cheung been committed to the research and development of UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) education for sustainable development since 2002 and she is active in planning and promoting education for sustainable development. She was the Visiting Professor (MBA) for Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai, College of Real Estate from 2004 to 2006. From 2007 to 2009, she collaborated with The Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) of Hong Kong Polytechnic University to establish the Public Administration (China) Division of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University ( PAD ), she was the Vice Chairman of Executive Committee of PAD and the PAD carried out public policy researches, regional planning and exchange training projects. Prof. Cheung was the research and development consultant for the Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area (2000-2005) , financial development consultant for Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong, Shanghai (1998-2003) and consultant for the government of Luliang City, Shanxi Province since 2017.

In 2006, Prof. Cheung was awarded the Silver Award for the “Women’s World Excellence Awards – Social Services”from “the Women’s World”; In 2013, she received the “Education for Sustainable Development Pioneer Award” from the China National Commission for UNESCO; In 2018, she was awarded the “Chinese Education for Sustainable Development Outstanding Contributor”by the UNESCO China National Working Committee and in the same year, her team received the “Outstanding Team of China’s 20 Years of Education for Sustainable Development”, Hong Kong was also successful in winning the “Most influential region of China’s 20 Years of Education for Sustainable Development.”

Honorary Directors

Professor Tao Xi Ping

Committee Member of the National Education Consultative Committee
Committee Member of the State Educational Examinations Steering Committee
Committee Member of the Expert Advisory Committee of Curriculum and Textbook of Basic Education, MOE, P. R. China
Honorary President of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Association
Honorary President of Beijing Association of Societal Sciences Circles

Professor Tao  is an educator and he serves as a General Advisor of Supervisory Board for China National Education. He serves as the Chairman of Beijing Social Science Association, Vice Chairman of China Education Association, and Chairman of Asia-Pacific Regional Association of United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Professor Tao served as a Secretary-in-General and the Commissioner of Beijing Education Bureau, assistant to Beijing mayor and Vice Director of Beijing People’s Representative Standing Committee. As a Senior Education expert, Mr. Xiping published numerous articles and books on education. He serves as the Member of Strategic Advisory Committee at The Hartcourt Companies, Inc. since February 5, 2007.

Professor Tao holds many positions and in many capacities, including the Adviser to the National Chief Inspector, Honorary President of Beijing Association of Societal Circles, President of Chinese Association for Non-government Education, Vice President of the Chinese Society of Education, Honorary President of Asian Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Association, Vice President of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations. He was also the Director and Chief Secretary of the Party of Beijing Education Bureau, Assistant Mayor of Beijing Municipal Government, Vice Director of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Beijing Municipality, and a member of the ESCH Committee of the National People’s Congress.

Professor Victor Sit

PhD (London), Deputy, National People’s Congress, the People’s Republic of China (1993 – 2008)

Professor Sit is currently an advisor of China Aircraft Leasing Limited and a senior advisor of China Airport Synergy Investment Limited. He obtained his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom and was professor of Geography and Head of Department of Geography and Geology, University of Hong Kong from 1977 to 2007, and founding director of the Advanced Institute for Contemporary China Studies of Hong Kong Baptist University, 2008 to 2013. He also serves as Honorary Professor of a number of renowned universities in China, including Peking University, Zhongshan University, Jinan University and Xian Jiaotung University .

Professor Sit was also Deputy of the National People’s Congress of the PRC (1993 -2008), an advisor to the Governor of Guangdong (2000 – 2005), a member of the Preparatory Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Port and Marine Board, Committee on Port and Harbour Development, and Port Development Board of the HKSAR Government. Professor Sit has published a lot on urban studies and development strategy and on comparative urbanization. Currently he is focusing his research efforts on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the global aviation industry and its impact on the global economy.

Development Policy

Previous Activities and Achievements

Year 2018 is the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong Education for Sustainable Development. With supports of all parties, Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development (the Institute) and UNESCO Hong Kong Association promoted the Education for Sustainable Development, initiated the 15th Anniversary of Beijing and Hong Kong Education for Sustainable Development, published the report of Hong Kong Education for Sustainable Development (2013 – 2018).

On 21 September 2018, the Institute organized the Celebration for the International Day of Peace. At the same time, an Exchange Conference of World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Association (WFUCA) was held by the Institute. Prof. Tao Xiping, President of Chinese National Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (CNFUCA) and Honorary President of WFUCA, Mr. Dhirendra Bhatnagar, Secretary General of Confederation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations of India and President of WFUCA, with the team of 12 Executive Board Members of WFUCA, attended the Celebration and the Exchange Conference. Positively responding the Chinese national strategy for the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the Institute and Guangdong Educational Supervision Association, the South China Normal University, the Guangdong Working Committee of Education for Sustainable Development in China and so on initiated and participated in the educational forums for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The forums were designed for big data for innovation in teaching and practicing, Quality Education, Education for Sustainable Development and so on which also provided exchange and training for teachers in several times. In 2018, the Institute and the Association collaborated with other parties to organize various research and study programs for students including University Summer Camp for STEM Education co-organized with Hong Kong famous Universities, the Inauguration Ceremony of Peace Garden International Cultural Exchange and Research Camp, the History Tracking and Educational Drama Program subsided by the Youth Development Committee of Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong students participated the Multimedia Research and Study Camp in Beijing. In the whole year, more than 2000 people participated the research and study programs and training programs. In 2018, the Global Citizenship Education Program was launched by UNESCO Hong Kong Association and sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.


Development Policy in Coming Years

HiESD supports the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda. HiESD will going-on the Education for Sustainable Development and actions on Sustainable Development Goals. In coming year, the promotion of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and implement actions of sustainable development goals (SDG) in regional area are the development policies of HiESD. For the education, HiESD will corporate with UNESCO Hong Kong Association as well as WISDP to further promote ESD such as expanding ESD to industries and business organization. For the actions of sustainable development, SDG Action 26908, Smart Healthy School, Big Data Laboratory, and research on Data Service of Health and Wellness are the major actions in coming years.

Education for Sustainable Development:

ESD Training for Primary School, Secondary School, Six Dimensions of Health, SD base program, Industries and Business Organization, SD Planning Training and Recognition for Finance, Engineering, Management, Education, Business Organization, and Training Institutes, Online Training, Online Learning (Exercise, Test and Skills Recognition).

Sustainable Development Action and Goals:

SDG Action 26908, SD Goals Global Partnership Center – Greater Bay Area Hong Kong (GPC-GBA HK), Smart Healthy School (China and HK), Big Data Laboratory (Partner with ZTE), Research of Data Science for Health & Wellness (Partners & Funding).

Services and SD Programs:

Consultancy for sustainable Development (e.g. SD City), Smart City, SD in Greater Bay Area