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Friday, August 26, 2016, 16:35

HKU president slams separatism on campus


HONG KONG - President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Peter Mathieson said the debate on the "Hong Kong independence" notion is not realistic and not in the university's best interests.

Mathieson was speaking after HKU's inauguration ceremony for new students.

He said the school supports the city's "One Country, Two Systems" principle, which also complies with the founders' will 105 years ago – to establish "an English-speaking university for China". The HKU also remain committed to "ever closer working ties" with universities and institutions on the mainland, Mathieson said.

He noted the university respects debate on any complex or controversial issues on campus but warned students to understand the possible legal consequences of their actions. He stressed HKU does not tolerate any form of hatred or violence.

However, speaking at the same occasion, President of HKU Students’ Union Althea Suen Hiu-nam said the school must not intervene in academic discussions and should encourage such debates on Hong Kong's future.

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