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Research Assessment Exercise

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is part of the UGC's commitment to assessing the performance of the UGC-funded universities and is intended to encourage world-class research and drive excellence. The RAE assesses the research quality of UGC-funded universities by using international benchmarks to delineate their areas of relative strength and make recommendations for further improvements. The UGC has since conducted six RAEs in 1993, 1996, 1999, 2006, 2014, and 2020.

In addition to research outputs, the RAE 2020 included new assessment elements in research impact and research environment, so as to encourage research of broader social relevance with high economic and social benefits, and take into account universities' strategy, resources and infrastructure in respect of research support. About 16 000 research outputs involving some 4 200 eligible academic staff, 340 research impact case studies and 190 research environment submissions were assessed in this exercise. The RAE 2020 was implemented under the purview of the Research Assessment Exercise Group (RAEG) of the UGC, under which 13 assessment panels of broad disciplines were formed.

For further information about the RAE, please visit the webpage(s) below.

RAE 2020 RAE 2014 RAE 2006 RAE 1999


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