The Conference Report and Summary of the Proceedings for “Transnational and Transdisciplinary Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic” International Symposium, 20-21 May 2021

Departmental Success in the RAE



The Department of Government and International Studies (GIS) achieved remarkable results in the 2020 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which was released on May 24, 2021. Our department, assessed in the panel of political science and public administration, has 16% of research output that are ranked by the panel experts as “world leading”, which is above the university average, and 36% that are ranked as “internationally excellent”. Our overall social impact is also regarded by the panel as “internationally excellent”. The results are a significant improvement from the 2014 exercise, when 2% and 18% of our research output were graded as “world leading” and “internationally excellent” respectively. 


“The result reflects the collective dedication of colleagues, past and present, and bides well for a promising future, not least because GIS has been strengthened by the arrival of several new colleagues”, said Prof. Alistair Cole, department head of GIS.


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Government & International Studies 政治及國際關係學


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Studying at GIS

GIS trains students in the different aspects of political science, with a strong emphasis on international relations and comparative politics, and in European Studies, using a multi-disciplinary approach.


In addition to the department itself, GIS also contributes to teaching in the Global and China Studies programme, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts in Global Society and Master of Social Sciences (Contemporary China Studies).


Research by staff of the GIS Department covers Hong Kong and Chinese politics, European politics and European integration, social movements and protest, political transitions and democratization, international relations, and economic and cultural relations between China and Europe.