LU makes a giant leap in RAE2020 and leads in Sociology & Anthropology

LU scholars have achieved a significant improvement in the latest Research Assessment Exercise 2020 (RAE) conducted by the University Grants Committee over the previous exercise in 2014, which assesses the research quality of UGC-funded universities by using international benchmarks.


Of the 431 items of research outputs by 119 LU staff members submitted for assessment in 14 Units of Assessment (UoA) under four RAE panels, namely Business & Economics, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Creative Arts, Performing Arts & Design, more than half were rated 4-star (world leading) or 3-star (internationally excellent). In terms of percentage of research judged to meet 4-star standards, LU has come first of the eight UGC-funded universities in Sociology & Anthropology (27%) and second in Accountancy (35%), Philosophy (19%) and Social Work & Social Policy (13%).


In 4-star plus 3-star terms, LU has achieved the highest percentage in Social Work & Social Policy (54%) and the second highest in Accountancy (65%).


In Research Impact, more than half of LU’s Impact Cases were rated 4-star (outstanding impact) or 3-star (considerable impact). In Research Environment, LU received 4-star in the UoA of Area Studies, Cultural Studies and Other Arts/Humanities, and 3-star for four UoAs: Chinese Language & Literature, English Language & Literature, Philosophy and Accountancy.


President Leonard K Cheng is delighted with the substantial advance in local universities’ quality of research in recent years. He thanks all LU scholars for their efforts to strive for excellence in teaching and research, and says that LU will continue to contribute to Hong Kong as a regional education hub by offering quality education and impactful research to promote the development of society.