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Collision Between Politics and University Autonomy: HKU’s Governance Crisis in PVC Appointment Saga

  • Wing-Wah LawEmail author
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Part of the Governance and Citizenship in Asia book series (GOCIA)

Abstract

This chapter scrutinizes the first repercussion of Occupy Central on university governance in Hong Kong: a territory-wide controversy over HKU’s appointment of a liberal scholar to a senior management position. It argues that this intramural personnel issue was complicated by the pro-democracy Occupy Central, leaks of confidential information from HKU and a confidential UGC report on the research performance of its public universities, and orchestrated personal and political attacks on the sole internal candidate by pro-establishment and pro-Beijing newspapers. However, HKU council handled these external pressures poorly, using various tactics to delay its consideration for over a year before eventually rejecting the candidate. The leaked reasons for the rejection further revealed two major concerns about the managerial model of university governance: the competing interests among council members, and the dominance and political role of external council members in university governance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Hong KongHong KongChina

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