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Research Excellence

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is a comprehensive research-intensive institution comprising ten faculties. HKU's high-calibre staff and students—recruited from around the region and the world—engage in innovative research with local, regional and global significance across the University's faculties and research centres and institutes.

HKU consistently ranks high among the world’s top universities. It has the most Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences/Engineering of any local institution, and many of its scholars are amongst the top 1% in their field according to ISI’s Essential Science Indicators. Research in the Arts and Humanities, with diverse fields focusing on both local and global concerns, also makes a vital contribution to HKU’s high international standing.

Researchers at HKU repeatedly secure the lion’s share of competitive government research funding, including through the General Research Fund, Areas of Excellence Scheme and Theme-based Research Scheme. In research output, HKU holds a leading position in Hong Kong, both in the amount of output and the number of citations.

The University has a wide range of international collaborations, including through collaborative research projects, visiting professorships, and joint doctorate programmes with world-class institutions, and actively participates in international networks.

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