Vice-chancellor a superb leader

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 May, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 May, 2002, 12:00am
 

I refer to your editorial of May 15 headlined 'University challenge', regarding the appointment of a new vice-chancellor for the University of Hong Kong.


Your editorial starts, 'Almost two years after it was left rudderless following the resignation of Professor Cheng Yiu-chung . . . '.


At the time the storm broke over Robert Chung, Professor Ian Davis was acting vice-chancellor while our 12th vice-chancellor, Professor Cheng, was overseas.


With a firm and steady hand, Professor Davis led the university through the most difficult moment in its history, guiding us with such sagacity that the university's council invited him to assume the role of our 13th vice-chancellor in November 2000, which he agreed to do until his planned retirement this summer.


He has continued to lead the university through difficult times with the same integrity he exhibited during the Robert Chung hearings, initiating and implementing many needed changes.


You note that future years will not be easy. The recent past has been more difficult. Professor Tsui Lap-chee, our 14th vice-chancellor, will take over an institution that has survived a traumatic event with surprisingly few scars, thanks in large part to our current vice-chancellor's firm hand on the helm. 'Rudderless' we are not.


THOMAS KVAN


Associate Professor


Department of Architecture


University of Hong Kong


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