The University Grants Committee (UGC) announced the results of Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020 on 24 May 2021, which cover the research performance of 8 UGC-funded universities from 1 Oct 2013 to 30 Sept 2019.

The research performance of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has been assessed using international benchmarks based on the research output (70%), impact (15%) and environment (15%). The Unit of Assessment (UoA) consisting of PolyU ME, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Institute of Textiles and Clothing has achieved overall 41% in world leading standard (4*), the 3rd among all universities in the same UoA. More specifically, the research outputs by 26 staff members in PolyU ME have been rated 43% as world leading (4*) and 47% as internationally excellent (3*) in terms of originality, significance and rigour, more than doubled in the 4*+3* rating from RAE 2014 results.

We are very pleased with this year’s RAE results that PolyU ME research outputs achieved 90% in the top-notch ratings of 4* and 3*.  In particular, the sector average of the world leading standard (4*) among UoA 14 research outputs is 29% while ME achieved 43%.

These results highlight the excellence and continuous improvement of our world leading research. PolyU ME will continue to conduct research that leads to original, significant and rigorous research outputs, as well as far-reaching and significant impact to the society.

Details of the RAE 2020 results can be found here.