Where are our universities headed?

November 01, 2019 11:39
If we are to see Hong Kong blossom again, we must put things right in our universities first, the author says. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong has won acclaim as an international city where the East and the West meet, and also as a place where people are entitled to freedom of expression, teaching, publication and information.

Moreover, the city is a very solid springboard for those who want to understand and find out more about China.

For a very long period of time in the past, the brightest young people across the mainland would often give up their chances of getting enrolled in top universities in China and come to Hong Kong instead to pursue higher education, so as to experience first-hand the city’s academic freedom as well as the orderly and respectful culture on the university campuses.

Unfortunately, since June this year, violence, intimidation and foul language have been running rife across Hong Kong's university campuses in the name of upholding civil liberties.

Statistics have indicated that the deteriorating culture in the universities is putting off a lot of young talent from both the mainland and the rest of the world.

If we are to see Hong Kong blossom again, we must put things right in our universities first.

I hope the heads of the universities and other higher education institutions will rise to the occasion and take steps to help rebuild the inclusive culture and the proud traditions of the campuses.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Oct 26

Translation by Alan Lee

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