Hang Seng Management College head Chui Hong-sheung quits

Hang Seng college president to leave before end of term but dispels rumours he was forced to go

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 22 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 22 December, 2012, 3:51am

The president of Hang Seng Management College yesterday announced his sudden resignation, but denied that the school's board of governors had forced his hand.

Chui Hong-sheung, who heads the private post-secondary institution in Sha Tin, also dismissed rumours that he had been sidelined after public criticism from students last year.

Students from the college - which had up until 2010 been a senior secondary school known for its record numbers of top scorers in the A-level examinations - had complained that the college was still run like a secondary school, accusing Chui of lacking the requisite experience to head a higher education institution.

"I still lead the college in academic and administration [after last year's complaints]," said Chui, who joined the school as principal in 1996 and whose appointment term was to last until 2015. "It is unjust to the board of governors and the college to say I was sidelined."

He said the school's board of governors had not indicated any dissatisfaction with his performance, and that he had voluntarily submitted his resignation about a month ago.

"Everything has its timing," said Chui. "Many of the college's programmes have finished accreditation and new buildings are about to be completed. It is time to leave."

He added that he would be appointed honorary president of the college - which offers five bachelor's degree programmes - for six months from next year to complete the handover of any unfinished business.

Stressing that he was dedicated to being an educator, Chui said he would not rule out remaining in the tertiary education sector.

An Education Bureau spokesman said higher education institutions have a high degree of autonomy and personnel appointments are handled internally by the institutions.

But students said the college had not been informed of Chui's resignation. "We have not received any e-mail from the school concerning this," said Sit Ka-ming, president of the college's student union. "In the past, we got e-mails whenever there was any change in the senior management."