Names put forward to review Hong Kong university council

Two former University Grants Committee members and a retired High Court judge have been recommended to form a panel to review the structure of the University of Hong Kong’s controversial governing council, writes Phila Siu for South China Morning Post.

Former University Grants Committee member Professor Malcolm Grant has been suggested as chairman of the panel, with another former member, Professor William Kirby, serving as a panel member. Retired High Court judge Peter Nguyen was also recommended as a member.

The University of Hong Kong’s governing council came under the public spotlight last year after it rejected a recommendation that former law dean Professor Johannes Chan Man-mun be appointed pro-vice-chancellor. Students and alumni suspected this was because of Chan’s background as a liberal scholar. There has been intense debate over the independence of governing councils, with students storming or laying siege to council meetings, demanding that Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying be stripped of his power to appoint members. They have accused Leung and his allies of political interference in academic matters.
Full report on the South China Morning Post site