Date
24 May 2017
Students stage a protest to demand more consultations before breaking into a council meeting (inset, top).Chin Tai-hong (inset, bottom) is the only candidate for HKBU principal. Photos: HKBU Students' Union editorial board, Facebook
Students stage a protest to demand more consultations before breaking into a council meeting (inset, top).Chin Tai-hong (inset, bottom) is the only candidate for HKBU principal. Photos: HKBU Students' Union editorial board, Facebook

HKBU bows to pressure, delays appointment of new principal

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has postponed the appointment of a new principal, bowing to demands for more consultations.

Roland Chin, vice chancellor of the University of Hong Kong, is the only candidate for the position. He has been recommended by the HKBU council, Apple Daily reported Friday.

The council scheduled three consultations for Thursday to allow stakeholders — students, teachers, alumni and staff —  to meet Chin and planned to announce his appointment later that day.

But the stakeholders said they were not informed about the meeting until Monday.

About 30 students led by student union president Morris Chan barged into a closed-door session of the committee to demand a longer consultation period.

The students shouted “I want genuine selection process” and “Shame on you to suppress students” during a stand-off with security guards.

Council chairman Cheng Yan-kee later agreed to meet the students.

The decision to delay the announcement was released by Andy Lee, vice president for administration.

Lee said the council agreed to extend the consultation period and invited Chin to an extra session for students.

Chin will attend three meetings on different days next week, each for three hours, Chan said.

Chin said he was not disappointed by the delay in his appointment and attributed the stand-off with the students to “young people who tend to be impulsive”.

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