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Research Strategy of the Faculty of Dentistry

The Faculty of Dentistry, in support of the mission of The University of Hong Kong to be a research-led university, strives to achieve excellence in research and, ultimately, the discovery of new knowledge. With the support of our University, our Faculty has invested a lot of resources in recent years into nurturing research excellence among its staff and students.

Research Excellence
The research culture in the Faculty is very strong. According to the results of the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), conducted in 2006 among all the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong, the Research Index for the Faculty was 87.7%. In other words, 87.7% of full-time equivalents (FTE) of academic staff have reached or surpassed a “level of research excellence appropriate to the discipline in Hong Kong and showing evidence of international excellence”, as quoted in the report from the University Grants Council. In contrast, the Hong Kong–wide research index was 76.3%, and the HKU average was 85.5%. Our 2006 RAE score represents a dramatic increase of 53% when compared with our score in the previous RAE (57.2%), conducted in 1999, and the Faculty now occupies one of the top three places in the HKU Faculty Research League Table, out of 10 faculties.

High Performance
Our research productivity is also high: since 2006, our annual refereed research output per FTE has been consistently higher than HKU’s average, both for professoriate staff and for professoriate and research staff combined. The Faculty came top in the University league table for the latter score in 2009. Our staff and students continue to win imternational research awards and prizes. These achievements would not be possible without our Faculty staff’s commitment to strive for research excellence, and we would like to acknowledge the hard work of our staff in contributing to these successes.

We encourage interdiscliplinary, interfaculty, and inter-institutional research collaboration and knowledge exchange, and welcome you to explore our Discovery webpages, and to contact any of our researchers or themed research group convenors about collaborative opportunities. Please e-mail me if you require any more information.


Prof Li-jian Jin
Professor in Periodontology
Associate Dean (Research, Innovation and Enterprise)