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According to Basic Law Article 137, educational institutions of all kinds may retain their autonomy and enjoy academic freedom. Does the UGC ensure that this is carried out satisfactorily?

  • The UGC contributes to the protection of institutional autonomy and academic freedom through its role as a 'buffer' between the Government and the eight UGC-funded institutions. To help its work, the UGC has agreed a set of Notes on Procedures with the Government and institutions which all parties should observe. The full version can be found at http://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/ugc/about/nop.html. The five areas of institutional autonomy enshrined in the UGC Notes on Procedures are -

    1. selection of staff;

    2. selection of students;

    3. curricula and academic standards;

    4. acceptance of research programmes; and

    5. allocation of funds within the institution.