HKU promised academic freedom2016.01.18
Arthur Li Kwok-cheung (李國章) says he will not interfere with the University of Hong Kong’s academic freedom.
In his first interview after being appointed the institution’s council chairman (校務委員會主席), Li told TVB’s Straight Talk that academic freedom is “essential for a truly great university”.
Li, dismissed worries he would control the university for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
“I certainly will not get involved with the day-to-day running of the university, that’s the job of the vice chancellor,” he said.
Thousands took to the street in early January to protest his appointment.
He said those who said he hated HKU were “absolutely ludicrous”. He said if a small group of people could, by dint of their voice, shout loudest, decide who could or could not take on whatever post, then there would be anarchy.
Li reiterated his position that Johannes Chan Man-mun (陳文敏) was not qualified to be pro vice chancellor.
Li also said he did not regret his previous critical statements about some students and professors.
HKU Student Union president Billy Fung Jingen (馮敬恩) said, “What is ludicrous is the fact that Li, who is unsuitable for the post, has been appointed.” He added that the students do not have confidence in Li based on his past performance in the council.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 19 January 2016)
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