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Message from Chairman of UGC

Trudy Banta

University Grants Committee ("UGC") was established back in 1965 and has since become an important pillar in Hong Kong's higher education sector. It is my privilege and honour to serve as Chairman of the UGC.

As an independent professional advisor to the Government on the funding and development of the higher education sector, the UGC serves as a buffer between the Administration and publicly funded institutions of higher learning. In allocating funding and promoting excellence in the sector, we are committed to the protection of academic freedom and institutional autonomy of the institutions. At the same time, as publicly funded organisations, the institutions are expected to be responsible and accountable to the public.

The UGC is fully committed to its work in promoting excellence in our higher education sector. In the next three years, our efforts will focus on the following:

  • To strengthen the governance of UGC-funded universities. We will continue to engage the universities during the 2019-22 triennium to reflect on the implementation of the University Accountability Agreement to review university progress in key areas of activities so as to assure the public that the universities are accountable and are committed to continuous improvement.

  • To continue our support for the universities in the area of teaching and learning. Our initiatives include funding worthwhile teaching and learning projects and the annual Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant to enhance teaching quality and students' language proficiency in the sector. We are going to conduct the third audit cycle to assure that the quality of the educational experience in the UGC-funded universities is sustained at an internationally recognised level.

  • To encourage further internationalisation of universities. The UGC has launched a new funding scheme for the 2019-22 triennium to support universities in widening their internationalisation endeavours and enhancing students' learning experience in Hong Kong and beyond.

  • To enhance the planning process and funding arrangement. We have completed the 2019-22 triennium Planning Exercise. We will discuss with the Government and the universities on how strategic priorities for the development of Hong Kong can be better reflected in future planning exercises and planning of new programmes.

  • To strengthen the research capacity of the UGC-funded universities. We are taking forward new research related initiatives, especially those recommended by the Review Report on Research Policy and Funding, including the injection of $20 billion into the Research Endowment Fund, the setting up of the new $3-billion Research Matching Grant Scheme, and the three new research fellowship schemes.

We are committed to supporting the aspiration of our universities to be world-class institutions in nurturing the next generation of new talents and producing new knowledge for the benefit of Hong Kong and the world. I welcome your ideas and look forward to your steadfast support in our endeavors.

If you wish to learn more about the progress of our work and other initiatives, you are welcome to take a look at the other sections of our website and the UGC's annual reports (https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/ugc/about/publications/annual_reports.html).

Carlson Tong, GBS, JP
University Grants Committee