Gordon Wu tries to allay CityU merger fear

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 12:00am

City University council chairman Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung yesterday reassured workers that it would take a decade before a proposed merger with Polytechnic University could occur.

Citing employees' concerns about the possible merger, Sir Gordon met 300 of the university's academic and non-teaching workers at a forum organised by the CityU Staff Association.

Sir Gordon said after the meeting that improving communication between staff and management was required.

'It seems staff members have not been able to reflect their views to management,' he said.

Staff association chairman John Tse Wing-ling said staff morale was very low because of the various blows the university had suffered, such as the withdrawal of funding for its sub-degree programmes.

He stressed there should be staff representatives on the future working group looking into the merger.

'There must be transparency and consultations with staff. Otherwise, it will be like imposing the merger on us,' he said.

He added staff were also concerned about having to teach larger classes after a merger, compromising educational quality.

'There needs to be a balance between achieving cost savings and ensuring the quality of education,' he said.