The impact on RGC of Hong Kong’s 3+3+4 academic reform in 2012 when undergraduates will begin taking four instead of three years to study for a bachelor degree will be substantial, RGC Chairman Prof Roland Chin forecasts.
The change will mean a one-third increase in the undergraduate population in Hong Kong, he said.
And this, in turn, in Hong Kong’s higher education sector will require one-third more, or an additional 1,000 professors, he added. “It’s possible that an additional 1,000 professors will be applying to the RGC for research funding, resulting in a few hundred more projects that need funding. We have to plan for this surge and one of RGC’s challenges is to meet the funding requirements of this new research impact in and beyond 2012.”