Higher education should stay at the forefront of a society's development.
Over the 1998-2001 triennium, the UGC continued to work closely with
the Administration and the institutions in this respect, actively responding
to the changing needs of Hong Kong and building a learning community
for the city.
Despite the pause in expansion, the UGC and the Administration continued to display a constancy of commitment, with investment on education remaining substantial and the UGC's efforts in promoting excellence and quality in higher education getting as strong.
In considering institutions' academic planning during the reporting triennium, the UGC worked with the institutions to advance various initiatives in response to the changing needs of the community and the economy. These included heightened efforts to enhance teacher training as well as the introduction of Chinese Medicine (CM) as an academic discipline. The 1998-2001 triennium saw the launching of the first full-time first-degree CM programmes by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) as well as the introduction of the first Bachelor of Education Programme in The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). The UGC and the institutions also endeavoured to address specific manpower requirements of certain professions like medical doctor and social worker in the triennial planning exercise.
In addition to meeting the community's evolving needs,
the UGC also ensured that in deliberating institutions' academic planning
and funding recommendations, the current and future development requirements
of individual institutions appropriate to their respective roles and missions
were given due consideration.