CE meets UGC members

January 12, 2022
Constructive communication
Constructive communication:

Chief Executive Carrie Lam (second right) meets University Grants Committee members online to discuss the latest developments of the higher education sector.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today met University Grants Committee (UGC) members via video conference to exchange views on the latest developments of the higher education sector.


Committee Chairman Carlson Tong briefed Mrs Lam on the progress of its major initiatives, including the Planning Exercise for the 2022-25 triennium, the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 and the renewal of the University Accountability Agreements.


He thanked the Government for approving the recurrent grants to the eight UGC-funded universities in the 2022-25 triennium following a constructive process with the eight institutions, taking into account the planning parameters promulgated by the Government.


Mr Tong also briefed the Chief Executive on the progress of the initiatives to strengthen the universities’ research capacity under the 2021 Policy Address, including the establishment of a working group by the UGC to review the feasibility of increasing the number of publicly funded research postgraduate student places.


Mrs Lam thanked the grants committee, under Mr Tong’s leadership, for serving as an effective communication channel between the Government and the UGC-funded universities.


She also commended the universities for their outstanding performance in the Research Assessment Exercise 2020. The results had been publicised through the local media, helping draw up more interest in quality research in local universities.


Looking ahead, Mrs Lam said she was confident that the city’s higher education would go from strength to strength, and other than education and technology, could contribute to raising Hong Kong’s international profile through networking with overseas and Mainland institutions, enrolling more students from overseas, and participating in regional or international organisations.

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