Baptist University

Hong Kong students shun 'Chinese' identity, says Baptist U report

Students shun 'Chinese' identity: Baptist U report

Students are the city's only social group that completely shuns being known as "Chinese", preferring instead the terms "Hong Kong Chinese" or "a Hong Kong person", a report has revealed.

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013, 9:00am 3 comments

University gains Legco support over land use

Baptist University Vice-Chancellor Professor Albert Chan (middle), at yesterday's student union rally outside the Legislative Council.

The government's bid to rezone a prime education site for housing encountered another hurdle yesterday when a Legislative Council panel objected to the plan. Legco's education panel has urged the government to withdraw its plan to convert the 1.52-hectare site into luxury flats, and instead to keep the site for education.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:24am 1 comment

Baptist University gets council backing in Kowloon land use battle

Students and lecturers of the Baptist University protest against government plans. Photo: Edward Wong

A council committee has joined the Baptist University's bid to block a government plan to sell a Kowloon Tong site for private housing. The housing and infrastructure committee of the Kowloon City District Council said it opposed the proposal to rezone the site on Renfrew Road from government, institution and community use to residential use.

8 Mar 2013 - 5:20am

Baptist University boss spars with Ko Wing-man over school site

Baptist University's Albert Chan

The row between the government and the Baptist University over the rezoning of a school site escalated yesterday as the health chief waded into the debate. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man rejected the university's claim it had submitted a proposal as early as 2009 for developing a Chinese medical hospital on the site next to its Kowloon Tong campus.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:35am 1 comment

Baptist University plans action to fight flats by Kowloon Tong campus

About 50 students and lecturers protest against plans to build flats near the Baptist University campus. Photo: David Wong

Alumni and students of Baptist University have threatened action to oppose the government's plan to sell a site next to its campus, to build flats. They are considering boycotting classes and seeking a judicial review into the government's conduct. Yesterday, about 100 students and lecturers protested, displaying placards with slogans reading, "oppose the government changing the land use" and "support the long-term development of Baptist University".

2 Mar 2013 - 5:20am

Baptist University president threatens to quit over land use

Baptist University president Albert Chan Sun-chi. Photo: Felix Wong

The president of Baptist University said he would step down if he was unable to stop the government from building housing on neighbouring land previously reserved for education.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Stephen Cheung, Baptist U dean, in line to lead HK Institute of Education

Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung

Baptist University business dean Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung has been recommended as the next head of the city's main teacher-training institute.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:41am

Students fight against housing plans

Students rally in North Point yesterday after a night spent petitioning at the government's Tamar offices. Photo: Edward Wong

More than 500 Baptist University students protested outside a meeting of the Town Planning Board yesterday to try to stop housing being built on neighbouring land previously reserved for education.

The demonstration came as the board launched a two-month public consultation over the future of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education's vacated site in Kowloon Tong.

26 Jan 2013 - 4:30am

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

Professor fired over 'Blue Book of Hong Kong' hits back at Baptist University

Victor Sit Fung-shuen. Photo: Ricky Chung

A Baptist University professor sacked for compiling the controversial Blue Book of Hong Kong claims he is a victim of "literary persecution" similar to that in ancient China.

Victor Sit Fung-shuen said he was given no chance to defend himself properly and was seeking professional advice.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:29am 2 comments

Editor of 'academically questionable' Blue Book sacked by Baptist University

Victor Sit

Baptist University yesterday sacked Professor Victor Sit Fung-shuen from presiding over a China studies centre after it found he had covered up his authoring of an "academically questionable" research book.

It is understood that Sit's professorship will not be extended upon expiry in August.

12 Dec 2012 - 7:26am 6 comments

Baptist University student publication board 'names' Blue Book donor

The Baptist University-initiated publication whose findings provoked fierce criticism of Chinese University and led to calls for more mainland interference in local politics was sponsored by a Beijing-loyalist businessman, it was claimed yesterday.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:48am 1 comment

Pay rise for Hong Kong workers expected to lag mainland China

Cathay Pacific workers demanded better pay at a protest last year. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hong Kong workers on average can expect a pay rise between 4.1 per cent and 4.5 per cent next year– well short of the 7 per cent to 8 per cent expected on the mainland – a survey has found.

But employers are worried about possible legislation on standard working hours and paternity leave for men, according to the poll.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Art auction will go on despite school's reprieve

A student-initiated art auction for funds to keep Baptist University's visual arts academy at its present site in a Kai Tak heritage building will go ahead tomorrow, even though the government has allowed the academy to stay for another year.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Baptist University arts students get reprieve

Baptist University arts students battling to continue classes in an east Kowloon heritage building have been allowed to stay for another year.

But there is still uncertainty about the fate of the Academy of Visual Arts campus, as it will be required to resubmit a proposal to retain the use of the site 12 months on.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:16pm