Students and teachers at the University of Hong Kong overwhelmingly distrust its council and oppose the rumored choice of Arthur Li as its chairman, Apple Daily reported Monday, citing the results of a campus referendum.
Li has been widely seen as the most likely successor to Edward Leong Che-hung, who stepped down as council chairman on Oct. 30, but no announcement has yet been made.
In the referendum, organized by the university’s Academic Staff Association and the HKU Alumni Concern Group, 719, or 95 percent, of the 753 teachers, staff and graduate students who cast their votes between Nov. 9 and 13 opposed naming Li as council chief.
The results, announced Sunday, came after 90 percent of nearly 4,800 students expressed similar opposition by voting in the same referendum two weeks ago.
Asked on the ballots whether they deplored the council rejecting former HKU law dean Johannes Chan Man-mun for the role of pro vice chancellor for academic staffing and resources, 97 percent of the 2,460 voters who cast their votes last week said yes.
Meanwhile, 2,222 of them, or 90 percent, also said they distrust Leong and the other council members.
The results will be submitted to the council.
The alumni concern group plans to present a proposal regarding how HKU should reform its governing structure in February.
It will then hold a campus referendum on the proposal along with the HKU Students’ Union.
The group aims to eliminate any political interference resulting from the council’s powers of appointment, through amending the HKU Ordinance, the report said.
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