The Department of Geography at HKBU has the most four star (world-leading) research output according to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2014 as announced by the University Grants Committee (UGC) in January 2015.Out of all the research projects submitted by academic staff, 12% reached four stars or world-leading standards, the most among Geography departments at sister institutions in Hong Kong. The remaining 31% of projects earned three stars (international excellence), and 35% earned two stars (international standing).The RAE is a criterion-referenced assessment against agreed quality levels as defined by international standards. The assessment period of RAE 2014 was over 6 years, from October 2007 to September 2013, involving over 307 panel members, consisting mostly of overseas scholars with extensive knowledge and expertise in their respective disciplines. They provided perspectives on international research standards.