Chief Executive John Lee engages with University Grants Committee on higher education advancements

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John Lee

20th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Chief Executive Mr John Lee convened a meeting today with members of the University Grants Committee (UGC) to discuss the latest progress and trends in the sector. Dr Choi Yuk-lin, the Secretary for Education, and Ms Lillian Cheong, the Under Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry, were also present at the meeting, emphasising the government’s commitment to fostering collaboration and innovation in the education landscape.

During the meeting, Mr Tim Lui, Chairman of the UGC, provided an overview of the committee’s ongoing initiatives aimed at supporting the objectives outlined by the Education Bureau. Notably, the UGC has been actively engaged in a branding initiative called “Study in Hong Kong,” which seeks to attract a diverse pool of international students to pursue their studies at the eight UGC-funded universities. Furthermore, the UGC is actively forging partnerships between local higher education institutions and universities abroad, as well as those in Mainland China, to promote student exchange programs and foster research collaborations.

Looking ahead, Mr Lui highlighted the UGC’s commitment to guiding universities in achieving the government’s targets for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) disciplines and the “eight centres” outlined in the National 14th Five-Year Plan. Through the Planning Exercise for the 2025-28 triennium, the UGC plans to cultivate a pool of talented individuals equipped with knowledge in diverse fields, supporting Hong Kong’s position as a global knowledge hub.

Expressing his gratitude, Mr Lee commended the UGC’s efforts and acknowledged its role in driving internationalisation, fostering innovative teaching methods, and enhancing the impact of research. The government has taken cues from the UGC’s recommendations, as evidenced by last year’s Policy Address, which outlined plans to develop Hong Kong into an international education hub for post-secondary education. This strategic direction aims to capitalise on the unique strengths of Hong Kong’s highly international and diverse post-secondary education sector.