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Uni changes should be done with respect

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There is room for debate as to whether the chief executive should remain the formal head of eight public universities in Hong Kong, along with the power to appoint some members of their governing bodies.

But the way the student leaders, some teaching staff and alumni at the University of Hong Kong have gone about it shows a complete disregard for existing laws and social norms. HKU’s student union, Academic Staff Association and Alumni Concern Group have demanded that the university’s governing council remove the chancellor’s powers to appoint members and select its chairman.

By law and as a legacy of the British colonial system, the chief executive, formerly the colony’s governor, automatically becomes the university’s chancellor, as well as that of other public universities and tertiary........

© South China Morning Post