THE nominee for Chinese University's new vice-chancellor, Professor Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, was criticised at an open forum last night for sidestepping questions on how he would lead the institution. Staff and student representatives also protested that the nominee's identity was revealed to them only hours before the forum. This had left them with insufficient time to conduct wider consultation. The university's council will decide tomorrow whether to accept Professor Li's nomination by a search committee. Committee member Professor Joseph Lee said Professor Li had beaten the other 29 candidates in areas of administrative experience, academic achievement and public service. Professor Li, 50, the dean of the Medical Faculty, also won support from the two staff unions which considered his qualifications 'almost entirely' met their expectations. But the six student representatives in the university senate said they would not recognise anyone selected in a secretive process. Some of the 800 students at the forum said Professor Li had tried to sidestep their questions. Asked whether he would resign as a Hong Kong affairs adviser, Professor Li said he would do anything in the interests of the university. Titles were not important to him. Asked how he would develop the university, Professor Li said it was important to seek views from staff and students first.