The Hong Kong University Students’ Union’s Invitation to “Advisory Committee on Council Chairmanship” to the Student Consultation

 

Dear Sir David Kwok-po Li, Professor Xiang Zhang, Mrs Margaret May Yee Ko Leung, Profesor Rosie Tse Tse Young,

In the 2016 Review on University Governance, instead of allowing the Chief Executive to directly appoint the Chairman of the Council, an “Advisory Committee on Council Chairmanship” was established to provide recommendations on suitable candidates to be the HKU Council Chairman to the Chief Executive for the appointment. Disappointingly, although the dust settles, it is obvious that students’ and staff members’ voices are not considered thoroughly. We are writing to express our expectations towards the new Council Chairman.

The Council Chairman should be someone accepted by all HKU members. The Advisory Committee must consult different stakeholders in the University before providing recommendations. Currently, there have been constant disputes occurring within the Council. The Chairperson must be capable to safeguard the institutional autonomy, academic freedom and freedom of speech. The Council Chairman should also be responsible to all HKU students and staff members for his acts both internally and externally. In accordance with the result of a General Polling in 2015, two motions were overwhelmingly carried as more than five thousand students casted their votes to say no to Professor Li. It’s deemed that he is not a suitable candidate to be the Council Chairman, nor suitable for any posts in the structure of University Governance.

Hereby, we are sincerely inviting you to attend the Public Consultation held by the Students’ Union, which serves as a free platform for opinion expression. The details are as follows.

Date: 29 October 2018/ 1 November 2018/ 5 November 2018/ 8 November 2018
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Venue: G/F, Composite Building

A sea is vast, as it rejects no stream; A mountain is high, as it rejects no dust. Stepping to the real co-governance by both students and the University, instead of being the excuse of the Chancellor’s Council Chairmanship appointment, the Advisory Committee shall face in the crown with sincerity.

Yours sincerely,
The Hong Kong University Students’ Union
25th October 2018

Fight Against East Lantau Metropolis

 

When the general public still haven’t reached a consensus on the land supply consultation, Ms Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Government, wildly introduced “Lantau Tomorrow Vision” — a reclamation proposal, in the Policy Address 2018. Such reclamation project may use up HK$1 trillion fiscal reserves. The project has stirred up immense controversy, as the government ignored opinions from citizens, procedural justice, ecological value, and fiscal condition. The Hong Kong University Students’ Union will join the protest organised by “Save Lantau Alliance”. We hope that students and citizens can attend the protest tomorrow, opposing the project who goes against citizens’ desire. The details are as follows:

Date: 14th October (Sunday)
Gathering point: East Point Road, Causeway Bay
Destination of the protest: Central Government Offices
Time of protest: 3:30 p.m.

Venue of the forum: Central Government Offices
Time of the forum: 6:30 p.m.

Dress Code: Blue T-shirt

October 1 March

 

Recently, there has been issues causing unrest towards the government. Suppression of freedom of association, scandals of construction of Shatin to Central Link, poor follow-up actions in respond to Typhoon Mangkhut, all of these issues caused dissatisfaction towards the government. Nevertheless, the government does not seem to account to the public. Therefore, the Hong Kong University Students’ Union encourage all Hong Kong citizens, including HKU students, to participate in the October 1 March held by Civil Human Rights Front tomorrow to voice out our dissatisfaction and opinions to the government regardless of our political stances. Details of the March are as follow:

October 1 March

Date: 1 October (Monday)

Time
Assembly: 2 p.m.
Commencement: 3 p.m.

Route: East Point Road to Central Government Offices

New President & Vice-Chancellor Forum

 

“A sea is vast, as it rejects no stream.” - From “Spring and Autumn Annals”, an ancient Chinese chronicle.

The Hong Kong University Students’ Union is going to hold the New President & Vice-Chancellor Forum with Students. The President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Xiang Zhang, Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Vice President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Staffing and Resources), Vice President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Registrar, Director of Finance and Dean of Student Affairs will also be present at the Forum to exchange idea with students. The Forum is a precious opportunity for students to share your views with Professor Zhang, so as to understand his vision of the University’s future development and his concrete plans. Students may take this chance to voice out opinions regarding university affairs, for instance, to the University Management Team. We look forward to your enthusiastic participation. Details of the Forum are as follows:

Date: 19 September (Wednesday)
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Venue: Union Foyer, G/F, Union Building

Also, starting from tomorrow, a mobile board titled as “I have something to tell the New President & Vice-Chancellor” made by University Affairs Committee, HKUSU Council will be displayed outside the Union Office and alongside Upper University Street. You can express your opinions freely and we will convey your messages for you in the New President and Vice-Chancellor Forum. Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Davin Wong, President at supresid@hku.hk, or Daniel Lei, University Affairs Secretary at suuas1@hku.hk.

Reflections Annual Youth Conference 2018

 

►▻►Online Register◄◅◄
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Keynote: Re-imagining Our City
▻ Mr Francis Ngai (Founder and CEO of Social Ventures Hong Kong)

Panel 1: Revitalizing the Fourth Power
▻ Cap 盾 (Co-founder of CapTV)
▻ Mr Tom Grundy (Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press)
▻ Mr Ng Hiu-tung (Founder of Factwire)
▻ Mr So King Hang (Producer of RTHK, Host of City Forum)
▻ Mr Yeung Kin-hing (Chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association)

Panel 2: Reshaping Public Spaces
▻ Ms Carine Lai (Senior Researcher of Civic Exchange)
▻ Mr Christopher Law (Founding Director of the Oval Partnership)
▻ Mr Jeffery Wong (Ex-Chairperson of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) Young Planners Group)

Panel 3: Rejuvenating the Land Debate
▻ Prof Hau Chi-hang (Honorary Associate Professor at School of Science of University of Hong Kong)
▻ Mr Albert Lai (Founding Chairman of The Professional Commons)
▻ Ms Camille Lam (Member of Liber Research Community)
▻ Mr Lau Chun-kong (International Director of JLL)
▻ Mr Stanley Wong (Chairman of the Task Force on Land Supply)
▻ Mr Marco Wu GBS (Chairperson of the Hong Kong Housing Society)

Rally in Defending Freedom of Association

 

The Hong Kong Police Force had suggested to The Secretary for Security that the Hong Kong National Party should be banned from operating using the Societies Ordinance on the grounds of national and public security. This violates The Basic Law, The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and The Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance. This was undoubtedly a suppression of Hong Kong people’s freedom of association and political rights.

In this regard, the Hong Kong University Students’ Union will participate in the assembly organised by “Civil Human Rights Front” today, we invite all of you to come and join the assembly against the suppression. The details of the assembly are as follows:

Date: 21st July
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Luard Road, Wan Chai to Police Headquarters, No. 1 Arsenal Street, Wan Chai

July 1 Forum by Higher Institutions – ‘One Country Two Systems: a Dead-End or a Way Out in Our Future’

 

“One Country Two Systems” was brought into implementation with the Basic Law since July 1, 1997. After 21 years, both the executive and legislative branch have fallen, yet we continue to stand by the rule of law and the value of judicial independence. However, our law looks fragile against the Chinese regime: from the NPCSC interpretations and the “co-location arrangement”, to the legislation of the National Anthem Law and Article 23 in our near future. Can our law and legal values stand against the pressure from the Chinese regime? Is “One Country Two Systems” dead, or is the design of “One Country Two Systems” bound to be failed from the very beginning? Is there a way out to the justice and rights we have been longed for under “One Country Two Systems”?

The students’ unions of higher institutions are holding a forum at the night of July 1 to discuss the above issues and revisit “One Country Two Systems” by delving into recent legal disputes, henceforth rethink the relationship between “One Country Two Systems” and the future of our city. The details are as follows –

Date: 1 July 2018 (Sunday)

Time:19:00 – 21:00 (entry starts at 1830)

Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, the University of Hong Kong

Theme of the Forum: ‘One Country Two Systems: a Dead-End or a Way Out in Our Future’

Guest: Mr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, MH (Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong), Dr Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee (Barrister), Mr Lewis Loud (Writer), Mr Leung Chung-hang (Convenor of Youngspiration), Mr Cheng Lap (Merchant and Columnist)

Language: Cantonese (Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.)

Students of higher institutions and the public are welcome to join. As seats are limited, please fill in the following form if you would like to attend the event:
https://goo.gl/forms/ddBIxrzgtYaxkwkD3
*This forum has no prior seat assignment
*Students of Higher Institution enjoy prior entry

If you have any enquiries, please contact Vice-President (External) of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union Jordan PANG Ka Ho (email: jordanpang.asterism@gmail.com).

Organisers:
City University of Hong Kong Students’ Union, Hang Seng Management College Students’ Union, Interim Executive Committee of The Student Union of Hong Kong Shue Yan University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union, The Hong Kong University Students’ Union, The Student Union of The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Co-organiser:
Law Association, HKUSU

 

Hong Kong SARS Heroes Commemoration

 

At the end of 2002, a new infectious disease broke out at Shunde, Guangdong, which was around 100 km from Hong Kong. And the disease, later named SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), spread across the globe very soon after stepping into 2003. Under the dome of SARS, Hong Kong turned into a dead city from the metropolis she used to be, crammed by the fear of the disease.

1755 were infected and 299 of them lost their precious lives in the epidemic, and 75 children lost their parents in this tragedy. Behind the numbers of infected and deceased on the news, all healthcare workers over this land fought with their best against SARS, regardless of their positions. By the side of all medical care workers, neighbours watched each other’s back, and eventually WHO removed Hong Kong from the list of ‘Affected Areas’. Although 8 medical workers sacrificed their lives in the battle against SARS, we honour them as the heroes of this city for they left us the wellbeing and virtues of humankind.

15 years flew by and the status of those who died in their line of duty have been standing against the current of time. We shall not forget their unconditional dedication to our city. The Hong Kong University Students’ Union is joining the commemoration, and express our greatest gratitude towards the dedication of all medical care workers during the period of SARS. The details are as follow:

Date: 23 June (Sat)
Time: 1930
Venue: SARS Memorial, near Tai Chi Garden, Hong Kong Park, Central

Rally in opposition to The “Co-location” Arrangement and President of the Legislative Council Abusing His Power

 

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Co-location) Bill is carried in its second reading, convoyed by the pro-establishment and the President of the Legislative Council himself. The evil law has its’ finger on the trigger, and we shall not be shot awaiting, justifying the government’s breaching act against our constitution. The “Co-location” Concern Group is holding a rally tomorrow and we, the student unions of higher education institutions, urge all students and citizens to join. We shall stand firmly against any bill that ceded our land, and any abuse of power by the President of the Legislative Council. The details of the rally are as follow:

Date: 14th June (Thursday)
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Venue: Demonstration Zone, The Legislative Council

Assembly in Support of Convicted and Accused Protestors in the Mong Kok Cases

 

To confront the suppression of the regime, Hong Kong people protected Hawkers and defended our local culture. Yet, they suffered violence from the police. Worse still, some protestors who fought against the violence by force are facing years of imprisonment as they were prosecuted by the government for crimes such as a riot. Among them is Edward Leung, an alumnus of The University of Hong Kong. Protestors were sent to prison albeit with their willingness to protect Hong Kong’s freedom. They are suffering both mentally and physically, and their family and future are affected as well.

In this regard, the Hong Kong University Students’ Union will participate in the assembly organised by “Spark Alliance Hong Kong” today, in hope of supporting the political prisoners and sending them our warm blessings. The details of the assembly are as follows:

Date: 27th May
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Venue: “Lennon Wall”, Harcourt Road, Admiralty