Qian TANG (China)
Mandate: November 2009 – present
Mr Tang was appointed Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2010, after carrying out the functions ad interim since November 2009. His career at UNESCO started in 1993 as Senior Programme Specialist in the Section for Technical and Vocational Education. He then occupied different senior positions, the last one being Deputy Assistant Director-General for Education (from July 2005).
Born in 1950, Mr Tang obtained a B.A. (1976) in Education from Shanxi University, China. He then taught at high-school level for two years before moving to Canada, where he completed his graduate studies with an M.A. in Exercise Physiology and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Windsor.
Before his career at UNESCO, Mr Tang occupied many distinguished positions in his country, starting in 1985 as First Secretary for Academic/Educational Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa (Canada). Upon his return to China, he joined the Ministry of Education in Beijing (1989-1992). In 1992, he became Deputy Director-General of the Bureau of Science and Technology of the Shanxi Provincial Government in Xi’an.