Troubled university overhauls management

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 May, 1998, 12:00am

Beleaguered City University is to streamline its management structure from next month to bring the president closer to those implementing his policies.

Heads of faculties will be able to report directly to the president, Professor Chang Hsin-kang, avoiding layers of red tape and enabling him to keep on top of university events.

The university has been troubled by complaints of confused management and poor student performance in its law faculty, complaints which are believed to have spurred the overhaul.

The number of vice-presidents will be increased from four to five and they will have other duties from June 1 to ensure Professor Chang can carry out policies effectively.

'As efforts to recruit a deputy president have not been successful, I feel that I need a balanced team of vice-presidents,' Professor Chang said in an e-mail to his staff yesterday.

'A new position of vice-president for business and finance will be created.' The university now has vice-presidents for education, research, planning and information services, and institutional advancement.

James Ng, director of business and finance, will be promoted to vice-president for business and finance.

He will supervise three offices - business operations, facilities management and finance.

The other vice-presidents will be given more jobs. The vice-president for education, Professor Edmond Ko, will look at policies and plans relating to undergraduate programmes, student admission and student development.

He will also serve as dean of students and oversee the registrar's office and the school of continuing and professional education.

A new position of director of campus planning will be created to assist the vice-president for planning and information services to meet the university's ambitious campus construction plan, including student hostels.

Professor Chang also said deans of faculties, including the dean of the troubled School of Law, which is the Faculty of Law until June 30, will report directly to him.

'I believe that this new management structure will provide more effective support to the core functions of the university,' he said.

Richard Ho Yan-ki, dean of the business faculty, said the changes could help the president carry out policies.

He said faculties would also save time with work grouped under the five vice-presidents' offices.

But Mak Hoi-wah, elected staff representative to the university's council, warned of confusion and overlaps by having more vice-presidents.