The University Grants Committee (UGC) has accepted the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd)’s application to become a university.

The result of the UGC meeting on Friday will be sent to the Education Bureau, the Chief Executive and the Executive Council, for them to approve. Laws will then be modified to grant HKIEd its news status, Apple Daily reported.

HKIEd President Stephen Cheung Yan-leung said in February that the institute could be renamed as the University of Education, though the final name will decided through internal consultation.

Hong Kong Institute of Education
Hong Kong Institute of Education. Photo: Hong Kong Institute of Education.

In order to achieve university status, the UGC recommended that the institute give priority to the strategic development of teacher education in Hong Kong, the development of additional disciplines that complement teacher education, and the promotion of research.

The approval from UGC marks the final step in attaining the university title.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.