RESEARCH ASSESSMENT EXERCISE 1999
Conducted in all UGC-funded institutions,
Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is a quality assurance initiative
tied to funding assessment. The RAE assesses the research performance
of institutions at the cost centre level.
RAE 1999 was the third RAE undertaken by the UGC. The threshold standard
for the third round was defined as "quality of output equates to
an attainable level of excellence appropriate to the discipline in Hong
Kong, and showing some evidence of international excellence".
The definition was interpreted stringently in view of the substantial
improvement which had taken place in the quality of research. Despite
the more rigorous rendering, the RAE did manage to identify real and
significant improvements across the UGC-funded institutions.
The exercise has, over the past years, encouraged and facilitated a
steady improvement in the research activities of the UGC-funded institutions
in quality and quantity. As a result, a robust research culture has
been firmly established, giving Hong Kong a solid platform to further
develop itself on the basis of existing strengths.