A report which suggested a proposed university merger be put on hold until critical issues are clarified won support from the vice-chancellor of Chinese University yesterday. Ambrose King Yeo-chi was responding to the report released on Sunday by the other institution concerned, the University of Science and Technology. He said he appreciated the HKUST report and shared the concerns raised. Professor King agreed that issues like the deployment of resources needed to be clarified by the government before mergers could be studied further. 'I very much appreciated the report. If we want to merge to form a world-class university, these issues have to be addressed.' But he said a merger could not be completely ruled out as a specialist team at the Chinese University was still studying the proposal. 'It could be difficult to do everything. But being difficult doesn't mean that it could not be done,' said Professor King, after attending an environment conference. The HKUST report said merger plans should be put on hold until four critical issues were clarified: objectives of the merger, funding implications, the research standard, and the culture of the two institutions.