In addition to teaching and learning, the UGC also attaches great importance
to the need to promote a quality and active research environment in Hong
Kong. To this end, the UGC conducted the third Research Assessment Exercise
(RAE) in 1999, among other initiatives. As with previous exercises, its
aim was to assess the research output and performance of the institutions,
giving particular attention to the quality of research. Details of the
1999 RAE can be found in Chapter 4.