Date
18 December 2017
Reporters have found 'Tsang Chun Wah John' on the list of employees in HKU's Department of Politics and Public Administration, titled 'adjunct professor'. Photo: HKEJ
Reporters have found 'Tsang Chun Wah John' on the list of employees in HKU's Department of Politics and Public Administration, titled 'adjunct professor'. Photo: HKEJ

John Tsang in surprise move to become HKU professor

After quitting his previous job as financial secretary and running for chief executive in March, John Tsang has found a new job as an adjunct professor in the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Many would have noticed that Tsang’s Facebook page became active again in August, and he was seen trying to cheer Hong Kong up amid the recent negativity, saying Hong Kong will be a better place “in five years”, hk01.com reports.

Reporters have found “Tsang Chun Wah John” on the list of employees in HKU’s Department of Politics and Public Administration, titled “adjunct professor”.

His exact role and what he will teach were not mentioned, and reporters were unable to contact Tsang for clarification.

Former ally and undersecretary Julian Law Wing-chung said he knew that HKU had contacted Tang but did not know that the contract had been signed.

A spokesperson from HKU said that they have no news to announce yet.

The Advisory Committee on Post-office Employment for Former Chief Executives and Politically Appointed Officials has yet to announce what the considerations for Tsang’s post-office employment would be.

The control period for the committee is one year. During this period, the job that a concerned official takes up must first be approved by the committee.

The committee has already approved many post-official’s new posts, such as former financial services and the treasury bureau secretary Chan Ka-keung’s post as adjunct professor at HKUST, and former Hong Kong minister in charge of mainland affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen’s new job at New Frontier’s Group.

Former secretary for the civil service Joseph Wong Wing-ping has also been approved as an associate professor at the CUHK Department of Politics and Public Administration.

Wong said that he would have to inquire whether HKU released the news early or that there has been a mistake in overlooking John Tsang’s appointment by the committee.

“There is no conflict in teaching and politics,” he said. “John Tsang has great experience in politics and also finance, he would make a great teacher in the university,” he said.

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