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Results of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020

We are pleased to inform you of the results of the RAE 2020 as announced by the University Grants Committee (UGC) on 24 May 2021.

Out of seven comparable units of assessment for Mathematics and Statistics, HKU ranks No.1 in terms of the percentage judged to meet the standard of 4-star, the highest starred level for overall quality profile of research. Our impact and environment sub-profiles even reach 100% of 4-star quality, i.e. outstanding in terms of reach and significance, and world-leading in terms of vitality and sustainability respectively, as defined by the UGC.

The RAE is part of the UGC’s commitment to assessing the performance of the UGC-funded universities in Hong Kong. It is a criterion-referenced exercise against agreed quality levels as defined by international standards, covering research outputs completed during October 2013 to September 2019. To maintain the credibility of the assessment process, international experts and members with discipline-specific expertise and knowledge of local conditions have been engaged.

Over the years, the outcome of the RAE has provided guidance for universities’ developments in respect of pursuing research excellence. Universities’ performance in the RAE also informs the allocation of part of the Research Portion of the Block Grant.

We will continue to strive for excellence in research endeavours in the coming years.

Details of the RAE 2020 results can be found here