Leak shows president supported liberal scholar’s bid

The president of the University of Hong Kong showed support for Johannes Chan Man-mun shortly before the institution's governing body blocked him from taking up a key managerial post, a new recording of a key closed-door meeting in September leaked last week revealed, writes Stuart Lau for the South China Morning Post.

The voice recording – uploaded to Taiwanese online forum PTT – had University of Hong Kong President Peter Mathieson standing by Chan. He was also heard saying Lo Chung-mau, who had opposed Chan's appointment as a pro vice-chancellor, was taking things "very personally".

Chan, a liberal scholar and former law dean of the University of Hong Kong, was rejected in September in a 12-8 vote by the council, which is dominated by pro-government figures, sparking fears among alumni and academics over academic freedom and university autonomy. Lo criticised Chan for publishing too few papers and not possessing a PhD and said therefore he was not qualified to approve others' promotions.
Full report on the South China Morning Post site