University IMPACT Champion

Peter Mathieson

I have been shocked by the male predominance in higher education, and even more concerned by the passive acceptance by many parties. I welcome the challenge of addressing this issue during my Presidency.

Impact Commitments


Launch gender sensitization training to reach all faculty members and students by 2021.


HKU is committed to addressing violence, sexual harassment, and bias in all its forms, in order to build the supportive environment that will help achieve equality. The University of Hong Kong will develop a new gender sensitization curriculum to educate students and staff on unconscious bias and other subversive forms of gender harm, reaching all faculty members and students by 2021 (50% by 2018).


Make gender equality a higher education priority across the world.


HKU’s commitment to HeForShe goes beyond its own campus. Through academic consortia including the HK8 alliance1 and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and other international consortia, HKU will champion gender equality and HeForShe across academia, encouraging the development of bold sector-wide goals, and the rapid adoption of best practices across geographies. HKU will engage all HK8 members as HeForShe champions, calling on them to launch campaigns and set targets on their own campuses. Through the Association of Pacific Rim universities (APRU), HKU will work to scale HeForShe and gender equality programs internationally; by 2020, HKU will identify formal champions of gender equality in at least five nations.


Champion parity within the University of Hong Kong and across the HK8 alliance.1


Currently, women hold only 8 of the 110 Dean-level positions across Hong Kong’s eight government-funded institutions (7% of roles). The University of Hong Kong will champion a common target to treble the proportion of women in these positions by 2020, actively addressing the issue on their own campus, and, through their President’s leadership role on the HK8, challenging universities across Hong Kong to do the same. HKU will reform its own policies to accelerate progress towards parity, with changes including annual reporting on parity, and the requirement that all candidate short-lists include at least one woman.


1. HK8 is an alliance of the eight publicly-funded tertiary institutions in Hong Kong.

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