Academic Freedom

Academics want think tank to back away

Kenneth Chan Ka-lok said academics feared research, methodology and publication of findings would be interfered with if the Central Policy Unit took control of the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A group of 400 academics have handed a petition to the government calling on its top think tank to reverse a decision to take over management of a public research funding scheme.

Wednesday, 9 January, 2013, 5:17am

Scholars may shun CPU research funds amid politicisation suspicions

Professor Roland Chin Tai-hong. Photo: Felix Wong

Academics say they may shun a public policy research grant scheme because of questions about its impartiality and academic rigour, after the government took management of the fund away from scholars and gave it to the administration's top think tank.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Academic freedom and responsibility in Baptist University case

Victor Sit Fung-shuen. Photo: Ricky Chung

Academic freedom is safeguarded by the Basic Law for good reason. It protects the pursuit of knowledge, intellectual exchange and research free from censorship and interference. Like the rule of law and other fundamental rights, an independent academia is the bedrock of development and success in any society.

19 Dec 2012 - 1:52am 1 comment

Polytechnic University is accused of shielding don

A professor has accused a Polytechnic University investigative panel of trying to protect his supervisor.

A professor has accused a Polytechnic University investigative panel of trying to protect his supervisor who, he says, tried to stop him holding a seminar critical of the new Sha Tin-Central rail line.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:03am 1 comment

Shenzhen university joint venture promises academic freedom

The planned Shenzhen branch of the Chinese University of Hong Kong will enjoy academic freedom, according to vice chancellor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu.

Speaking on the sidelines of a campus groundbreaking ceremony yesterday, Sung said the new university's goal was to bring innovation and new interdisciplinary teaching and research to the Pearl River Delta.

12 Oct 2012 - 3:42am

Blame being heaped on HKU chief is undeserved

The unintended negative consequences associated with the recent visit of Vice-Premier Li Keqiang linger on. What was originally thought to be a goodwill visit bringing gifts to boost Hong Kong's economy has, unfortunately, turned out to be a curse.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Academics deserve equality, so get back to the classroom

One of the key figures in last year's Hong Kong Institute of Education inquiry has re-entered the debate with an intellectual broadside calling for a clear definition of academic freedom and for it to be given greater protection in law.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Review 'doesn't touch academic freedom'

Scholars warn over appeal, but HKIEd chief says:

President-elect of the Hong Kong Institute of Education has defended the government's decision to seek a judicial review of the findings of the commission of inquiry into claims of political interference in the institute's affairs.

29 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Academic freedom is not a fundamental right: lawyer

Government counsel states case for HKIEd judicial review

Academic freedom is not a fundamental right and should not take precedence over government officials' right to freedom of expression, the government's lawyer argues in the request for a judicial review of the findings of the Hong Kong Institute of Education commission of inquiry.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Framework plan to safeguard academic rights

A leading academic has proposed a framework to safeguard academic freedom in Hong Kong.

Referring to government-commissioned academic research, Cheng Kai-ming, chair professor of education at the University of Hong Kong, said academics must agree on where the baseline of academic freedom should be drawn.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Shooting the messenger is politically unhealthy

The freedom of people to express their opinions on matters of public interest is one of Hong Kong's core values. It is a right which has been exercised vigorously in the 10 years since the handover, a sign that our city's way of life has been maintained under the 'one country, two systems' concept.

27 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Reputation abroad boosted by institute's 'spirited defence'

The controversy regarding the Hong Kong Institute of Education has boosted its reputation abroad but this could be undermined unless its independence is quickly established, international academics say.

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Freedom of speech in peril, say academics

Government interference over education institute's merger becomes 'intolerable'

The government has interfered in the affairs of the Hong Kong Institute of Education to such an extent that curbs on freedom of speech are now 'intolerable', according to an academic at the institute.

7 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Academics attack funding system for eroding freedom and quality

Allocation of university funding has been too centralised and has eroded academic freedom and education quality, an academics' union said yesterday.

The University Education Concern Group said that while the Education and Manpower Bureau had drastically cut its subsidy to universities, it had increased its own reserved central funds.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

University seeks help over spy row

The head of City University has appealed for help from the Government in resolving the controversy surrounding Li Shaomin - the university's academic who has been convicted in China of spying for Taiwan.

24 Jul 2001 - 12:00am