Abstract 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 HKU Faculty of Education 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.
Professor Mark Bray, UNESCO Chair in Comparative Education, HKU • Current Director and founding member of the Comparative Education Research Centre at HKU in 1994 • Personal Chair of Comparative Education at HKU since 1999 • Director of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) in Paris between 2006 and 2010 • President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) between 2004 and 2007