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Anti-epidemic meeting held

A meeting on the anti-epidemic work of the Mainland and Hong Kong was held today in Shenzhen.   It was hosted by Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Deputy Director Huang Liuquan.   Chief Secretary John Lee led Hong Kong Special Administrative Region representatives to attend the meeting and exchange strategies with Mainland representatives on preventing and fighting COVID-19 as well as study the resumption of quarantine-free travel between the Mainland and Hong Kong.   Mr Huang noted that the office organised the meeting as the central government attaches great importance to the request by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on the resumption of quarantine-free travel with the Mainland.   Mr Lee thanked the central government for its support and care towards the Hong Kong SAR's efforts in preventing and fighting the virus, and for offering vital assistance on many occasions.   He also expressed gratitude to the office for arranging the meeting within a short

CE meets research assessors

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today met the Research Group, the Research Assessment Exercise Group and the panels under the University Grants Committee (UGC) to discuss their experiences in completing the Research Assessment Exercise 2020.   The meeting was conducted via video conferencing in which Mrs Lam also briefed them on Hong Kong's latest developments in advancing basic scientific research with the support of the country.   The Research Assessment Exercise 2020 came amid the severe COVID-19 epidemic. Noting that the assessments were conducted in strict accordance with international standards, Mrs Lam said she was encouraged by the outstanding performance of the eight UGC-funded universities in the exercise, which is testimony to the international recognition of Hong Kong's research quality.   Research projects completed between October 2013 and September 2019 by the eight universities could participate in the Research Assessment Exercise 2020 regardless of their source of funding.   Assessments were conducted by 361 distinguished international scholars and research end users from various academic fields, of which about 70% were non-local scholars from around the world.   About 16,000 items of research output, 340 research impact case studies and 190 research environment submissions in 13 areas across 41 disciplines were assessed. Among the research projects assessed, 25% were judged to be world leading and a further 45% were judged to be internationally excellent.   The Chief Executive introduced to the participants of the assessment exercise the latest developments of basic scientific research in Hong Kong.   Mrs Lam said that the capability of Hong Kong in innovation and technology (I&T) has been fully recognised by the central authorities with clear support for Hong Kong to develop as an international I&T hub in the National 14th Five-Year Plan.   While noting that Hong Kong has faced unprecedented challenges in the past two years, she said the city's development has been put back on the right track with the support of the central government and added that academic freedom and institutional autonomy are more robust than before.
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