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2015/2/5 — 12:38

何耀明 圖:香港大學

何耀明 圖:香港大學

【 文末附中文版本 】 

The Faculty of Law’s Response to the RAE 2014 Report

There has been media interest in the last few days concerning the University Grants Committee (UGC)’s results of the Research Assessment Exercise 2014(RAE), particularly with the comparison between the law faculties of The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

We begin by thanking the Law Panel of the RAE for completing a demanding and important task in such a professional manner, and we congratulate the Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong for its excellent achievement in the Exercise. It is a very good situation that all the law schools in Hong Kong SAR are collectively making a significant impact in Hong Kong, in the region andinternationally.

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What we wish to point out is well described on the UGC website and the Reading Guides of the RAE report:

“On the interpretation of the RAE results of each institution, [it has been] emphasised that due regard should be given to the institutions’ different
roles, missions, discipline focus and history.”(http://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/ugc/publication/press/2015/pr27012015.htm)

“The results are not for comparison purposes and not to be used in astandalone manner… [I]t is neither fair nor appropriate to compare the
quality profiles of different institutions.” (Reading Guides 1 and 5) 

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The Faculty of Law of The University of Hong Kong is the oldest and the largest of the three law schools in Hong Kong. Historically, it has seen its mission to be both a law faculty that responds to the needs of the legal system and legal profession in Hong Kong and as part of the international community of legal scholars. It has sought to produce high quality research and publications in away which has a high impact in both Hong Kong and global legal discourse. As an institution the HKU Law Faculty divides its time and resources between them.The RAE report on us in fact reflects this dual mission.

The Faculty wishes to dispel the suggestion or implication made in somequarters that it is not doing well in terms of research. The Faculty was, and is,aware that serving its mission to contribute to the Hong Kong community ingeneral and the legal profession in particular might mean that it will sometimes be at the expense of doing more work with a global focus, but that is a trade-off the Faculty is proud to make.

The Faculty does not, by any means, intend to convey the impression that it thinks that there is no room for improvement. It is the Faculty’s aim to be
regarded amongst the top law schools in the world. The Faculty has been engaging in a wide-ranging exercise of institutional self-reflection and strategic
planning. Many of the RAE panel’s suggestions on international collaboration and globally-focused research form a major part of our current research strategy.We shall, over the next few weeks, be discussing the RAE report very carefully to reflect on how we can do even better. Indeed, we are most grateful for the positive and critical feedback which the exercise has provided.

With the feedback gained from RAE and the continued support of the community,the Faculty looks forward to becoming even stronger in the coming years.

Michael Hor
Dean
Faculty of Law
The University of Hong Kong

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香港大學法律學院對「2014 年研究評審工作」結果的回應

近日傳媒報導大學教育資助委員會(教資會)公佈的「2014 年研究評審工作」結果,其中對香港大學及香港中文大學兩所法律學院的比較,尤感關注。

我們首先鳴謝法學評審小組專業地完成一項艱鉅而重大的任務,同時並恭賀香港中文大學法律學院在這次評審中獲得優異成績。我們認為香港的法律學院能
共同對香港,區域及國際作出貢獻,實屬美事。

我們希望指出的是,正如教資會網頁及研究評審工作結果閱讀指引所載:

「如何解讀各院校在『研究評審工作』的結果時,…… 要充分考慮各院校不同的角色、使命、學科重點及發展背景。」
[http://www.ugc.edu.hk/big5/ugc/publication/press/2015/pr27012015.htm]

「結果並非作比較用途,不應單獨使用……
對不同院校的質素分佈概覽作出比較,既不公平,亦不恰當。」[閱讀指引第 1 及 5 點]

香港大學法律學院是香港歷史最悠久而且規模最大的法律學院。一直以來,學院恪守使命,積極回應本地法律制度及法律專業所需。同時,作為國際法律群體的成員,我們也致力於高質素的研究和著作,冀能高度影響香港和國際間的法律討論。整體而言,港大法律學院在時間和資源分配上,務求盡力兩者兼顧,而研究評審工作結果正反映此雙重使命。

我們希望消除部份人士對我們研究質素的憂慮。我們清楚意識到,履行我們對香港社會及法律專業的使命,或會影響另一邊廂以環球焦點為主的研究,然而,我們對取捨無悔。

這並不表示我們認為沒有進步的餘地。我們着意躋身世界頂尖,刻下學院已開始新一輪的反思和策略性計劃。多項評審小組就國際合作和環球焦點研究的建議,也是管理團隊著意提升研究的策略。在未來數週內,我們將謹慎地討論是次評審結果,與及慎重考慮如何精益求精。對這次評審的正面意見和批評 ,我們深表感激。

香港大學法律學院定當參詳是次研究評審的結果。仗賴社會各界的支持,我們將繼續改進,自強不息。

香港大學法律學院院長

何耀明

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