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昔行猶未忘  前路且將望 — 香港大學學生會回應李國章續任校務委員會主席之聲明

2018/12/16 — 14:19

香港政府昨日刊憲,宣佈李國章再獲委任為香港大學校務委員會主席。香港大學學生會在此表示極度失望。學生會早於二零一五年通過全民投票,近五千名港大學生要求校委會主席必須由教師、職員及學生接受的人選出任,並反對李國章在香港大學管治架構內擔當任何職位。如今身為校監之林鄭月娥卻倒行逆施,續委任李國章為校委會主席,令人髮指,更突顯校監必然制之荒謬。

李國章視學生為敵,更多次失言使港大蒙羞。三年前,李國章被任命港大校委會主席同樣惹人非議,更促使學生圍堵校委會。沙皇狂妄自大,不但逃避學生質疑,更含血噴人,以「吸毒」形容示威學生,更誣衊時任學生會會長馮敬恩同學「人格有問題」。校委會主席與其他大學高層共同肩負代表港大之重責,惟李國章屢屢口出狂言,把港大聲譽置於險境。此外,李國章亦從未盡力履行主席職責,任內拖延大學管治改革報告,更首創於校外召開會議,妄圖逃避群眾,終自詞窮於沙宣,理屈於會展。李氏行事魯莽滅裂,劣跡斑斑,罄竹難書。

校委會主席於行政以至對外言論必須向全體港大師生、職員負責。然而,是次任命校委會主席卻是阿黨比周,學生聲音被置之度外。先是校委會排除學生代表加入顧問委員會,及後委員會成員拒絕出席公開論壇,面對學生。雖說顧問委員會歡迎學生書箋,結果卻是惺惺作態,閉門做車,學生意見最終石沉大海。設立顧問委員會實為花拳繡腿,既無需向港大師生以至校委會負責,亦無力阻止特首校監專權跋扈,所謂大學管治改革也只是原地踏步。師生共治乃港大管治之精神,卻在任命大學要職固步自封,管治改革因陋守舊。

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展望前景,港大學生會會繼續殫智竭力,積極推動港大走向真正師生共治,後續跟進行動將會繼踵而至,絕不善罷甘休。我們在此要求校方正視學生訴求,重新檢討校委會主席任命程序及特首校監必然制,並須面對群眾,切實回應學生意見。

香港大學學生會

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二零一八年十二月十五日

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The Government gazetted the re-appointment of Arthur Li Kwok Cheung as the Council Chairman of the University of Hong Kong yesterday, 15 December 2018. The Hong Kong University Students’ Union is disgruntled about the re-appointment. In 2015, 5000 HKU students demanded, through the general polling of the Union, that the HKU Council Chairmanship must be held by a candidate welcomed by staff and students in HKU and objected Li’s appointment to any positions in the University’s governance framework. As the Chancellor, Carrie Lam has done the exact opposite by reappointing Li as HKU Council Chairman. This outrageous appointment once again revealed the absurdity of the Chief Executive-cum-Chancellor practice in the University of Hong Kong Ordinance.

Li’s hostility towards the student community as well as his ridiculous statements have laid a shade on the University. His appointment as Council Chairman three years ago was likewise controversial, which has led to the student rally outside the Council. Other than evading students’ interrogation, he accused them slanderously. Li arraigned the protesting students as “drug addicts” and accused the then-President of the Students’ Union, Billy Fung, of “having problems in his character”. The Council Chairman, together with the University’s senior management, shoulder the responsibility of representing the University. Nevertheless, Li placed the University’s reputation on the line. Li has never fulfilled his duty as Council Chairman, as he tolerated the delay in the Review on University Governance. Under Li’s chairmanship, the HKU Council meeting has been convened outside the University for the first time in a futile attempt to escape from the public’s scrutiny. In fact, Li’s rashness and incompetence have been beyond words.

The Council Chairman must be responsible to all HKU students and staff. Nevertheless, the Advisory Committee on Council Chairmanship was nothing more than a confederacy, excluding opinions and engagements of students. First, the Council rejected inclusion of a student representative in the Advisory Committee and, the Committee then refused to attend an open forum and face students. Though the Advisory Committee welcomed written input from students, the Committee was de facto a pretentious party working behind closed doors. The opinion and effort of students elicited no response.  Establishing the Advisory Committee was only a style and no substance. Neither the Committee needs to be responsible for HKU students and staff or the Council, nor is it in position in stopping the Chancellor in abusing her power. After all, the reform on university governance has made no progress. Co-governance by students and staff has always been the esprit de corps of HKU, yet the University has always been complacent and ceased to make progress in both the appointment of University officials and even the reform of university governance.

The Union will pay our utmost effort, without hesitation nor stumbles, in the coming time, to bring our university towards the co-governance by students and staff. Follow-up actions will come one after another. The Union hereby demands the University to face students' concerns and demands squarely, and review the appointment procedures of Council Chairman as well as the Chief Executive-cum-Chancellor practice. We highly anticipate the University to bear the brunt and respond to all students' concerns.

The Hong Kong University Students’ Union

15 December 2018

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