Students in bid to take part in chief executive election

Student leaders from local universities announced their candidacy on 13 November in the chief executive Election Committee subsector election – the first time that students will represent the higher education sector, writes Michelle Chan for The Standard.

Comprising seven student representatives from the senate of different universities, Students United 2017 said they want to bring the voice of students to the Election Committee. "We take this step because we want a more transparent election process for chief executive," said Cheng Pui-lun from Lingnan University. "We want our leader to engage in open discussions with students instead of just doing PR shows."

Their political agenda includes abolishing the appointment system in which the chief executive automatically becomes the chancellor of all local universities. They also want greater autonomy in tertiary institutions, more lenient student loan policies and priority for local students for admission to postgraduate degrees.
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