The new education chief broke down in tears yesterday as he recounted his 20 years at Chinese University. Professor Arthur Li Kwok-cheung - who will step down as vice-chancellor in nine days' time to assume his new post as Secretary for Education and Manpower - lost his composure when the university's student union song was broadcast live during an RTHK radio show. His voice breaking with emotion as he recalled how he and his colleagues helped to develop the university, Professor Li said: 'We sang it every year. I am very moved as the song is about the spirit of the Chinese University . . . Twenty years is a long time . . . I will leave with good memories.' Professor Li was in tears by the time the recording had finished. Despite this, a student from his university accused him of neglecting his responsibilities to staff and students by taking up his new role. Professor Li replied by saying he would still be serving the education sector. 'The only difference is that I am not only serving one university but eight universities, secondary schools, primary schools and kindergartens.' He said he thought the university would manage to find a new vice-chancellor within a year. And he repeated his view that the cap on the number of non-Hong Kong students should be relaxed to attract the best talent, as long as they could meet the standards and pay the tuition fees. Universities are being allowed to fill their quota for non-local students - equivalent to four per cent of their first-year intake - with mainland students.