University of Hong Kong (HKU) vice chancellor Peter Mathieson wants no more delays in the appointment of a pro vice chancellor, saying he needs a complete team in the administration.
Mathieson told an alumni concern group on Monday that the appointment is of “utmost importance”, according to Apple Daily which cited convenor Ip Kin-yuen, an education lawmaker.
It’s not easy to maintain HKU’s century-old reputation as a leading academic institution under the circumstances, Ip quoted Mathieson as saying.
Earlier, Mathieson criticized the university council for its decision to delay naming a pro vice chancellor until a new deputy vice chancellor has been appointed.
The vacancy for deputy vice chancellor was created when Ronald Chin resigned in November. He is due to leave this month.
By a vote of 12-6, the council decided to fill the newly created position of a fifth pro vice chancellor after Chin’s replacement has been named.
Johannes Chan, the outspoken former HKU law dean, has been widely tipped for the fifth pro vice chancellor slot after he was recommended by the search committee in November.
Students are calling for a rally next Tuesday, when the council next meets, to press for a quick resolution.
Ip said there is no reasonable excuse for the delay which he blamed on political interference.
He said he encouraged Mathieson to defend the autonomy of the school and tell the public about his position.
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