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吳靄儀、陳方安生、詹德隆去信李國章 要求新校長人選須堅守大學自主

2017/2/27 — 17:04

Letter to Chairman of the Council of the University of Hong Kong

Dear Arthur,

The sudden and wholly unexpected announcement by Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson – earlier this month - that he will be stepping down no later than January next year to take up the post of Principal of Edinburgh University, has prompted widespread disappointment and concern, not only among students and staff of the University, but the wider community. 

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We accept the reasons Prof Mathieson has given publicly for his resignation. Nevertheless, suspicions will remain that the multiple challenges he has faced during the past two years, including Occupy Central and the failure of Council Members to endorse his choice of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Staffing and Resources, have made what must have been a difficult decision that much easier. It is inevitable that the announcement of his premature departure, barely halfway through his first term of office, will reflect unfavourably on local and international perceptions of the quality of governance at the University, and may be a cause of concern to prospective applicants for the post. 

Under the circumstances, it is essential that the process of finding his successor be executed to the highest international standards. It must be transparent, inclusive and have as its goal to select a candidate who combines a track record of academic distinction with integrity and strong inter-personal and management skills. Above all, at this very challenging moment in Hong Kong’s history, the incoming VC must be firmly committed to standing up for the principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy that are so vital to maintaining the reputation of the University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong’s oldest and most distinguished seat of learning.

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We note that the Search Committee appointed last time was widely inclusive, with representatives from all key faculties, teaching staff, the student body and alumni. We hope that this will provide a model for the approach to forming the Committee this time, and that it will be chaired by a leading member of the University who can be relied upon to steer the shortlisting process without bias or predilection.

We urge the Council to make an early announcement, setting out clearly the terms of reference of the search process, when it will commence, who will be leading the task and who will be the members of the Search Committee. Only in this way can the University ensure that the damage caused to its reputation by the events of the last two years be kept to a minimum.

Yours most sincerely,

Anson Chan
Margaret Ng
T. L. Tsim

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