Chief Executive John Lee met the University Grants Committee (UGC) members today to exchange views on the latest development of higher education in Hong Kong.
UGC Chairman Tim Lui briefed Mr Lee on the committee’s strategies and initiatives in nurturing talent and integrating into the national development arena.
In addition to promoting whole-person development and encouraging students to broaden their international exposure, the committee’s other action plans include motivating students to set their sights on Mainland opportunities and telling the good stories of Hong Kong.
Mr Lui also highlighted that the UGC would continue to support the universities in contributing to Hong Kong’s development as an international innovation and technology hub under the National 14th Five-Year Plan.
Mr Lee welcomed the UGC’s overseas members who are visiting Hong Kong to attend the meeting in person for the first time since 2020.
He expressed his gratitude to the UGC for serving its bridging role between the Government and universities, and supporting the higher education sector’s continued efforts together in striving for excellence, nurturing talent for Hong Kong’s development and leveraging their strengths in research.
The Chief Executive also encouraged the UGC to continue guiding the universities in striving to achieve the Government’s targets of promoting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) education and subjects related to the city’s development into the eight centres under the National 14th Five-Year Plan, thereby supporting Hong Kong’s contribution to national development in the years to come.
Secretary for Education Christine Choi and Secretary for Innovation, Technology & Industry Prof Sun Dong also joined the meeting.