Chapter 2: Academic Development and Funding


Like the 1998-2001 triennium, planning cycle for the 2001-2004 triennium began with the issue of start letters to the eight UGC-funded institutions.

In finalising the student number and its mix for individual institutions, the UGC took note of the Government's commitment to develop Hong Kong into a knowledge-based and technology-driven economy, and its agreement to increase RPg targets progressively to 4,315 students by the end of the 2001-2004 triennium.

The UGC also took into account the Government's agreement to slightly increase the TPg targets so that additional TPg places for teacher education provided in the 1998-2001 triennium could be accommodated through additional funding. The UGC's advice was conveyed to the institutions towards the end of 2000.

The approved student number targets expressed in full-time equivalent (fte) as agreed by the Government for the 2001-2004 triennium are at Figure 2.3.

  Figure 2.3 - Approved Student Number Targets (in fte) 2001-2004

Figure 2.3 - Approved Student Number Targets (in fte) 2001-2004

As part of the UGC's efforts in continuously refining its funding methodology, the UGC decided in 2000 that, in the context of the 2001-2004 triennial planning exercise, about 2% of the total recurrent funding for the triennium should be set aside for allocation to institutions according to their performance against their declared missions. In assessing institutions' performance, the UGC identified seven generic performance areas against which the institutions made written submissions, and on which the UGC and institutions' senior management had face-to-face discussions.

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