The Chinese University of Hong Kong has a “clear position and measures” to deal with “Hong Kong independence” campaigning on campus, the university’s new president, Rocky Tuan Sung-chi, said on Wednesday.
Tuan, who assumed office on Monday, made the remark when reporters asked about relevant issues as banners and posters advocating “Hong Kong independence” were put up on the CUHK campus last September.
Tuan said he will take on the responsibility of a university’s president, which is “to serve, not to be served”
He said academic freedom and the freedom of expression are the cornerstones and core values of the university. However, one should hold peaceful and rational discussions while upholding academic freedom and the freedom of expression, Tuan said.
The president said his primary task is to maintain CUHK’s tradition, especially in humanism and general education, as well as to prepare scholars and students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
He said he will take on the responsibility of a university’s president, which is “to serve, not to be served”, and will serve CUHK with “honor, honesty and respect everybody’s opinion”.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Tuan recalled that he was very impressed by CUHK during a visit to the campus as a child. He called the opportunity to serve the university “one of the happiest things in my life”.
Tuan’s research efforts focus on bioengineering applied to the musculoskeletal system. He had served as director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Military Medicine Research and associate director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine before being appointed as the CUHK head.