The rift between Hong Kong University and a group of graduates from its medical school angered by plans to name the faculty after Li Ka-shing remained wide yesterday, despite efforts to cool the row. A meeting between the graduates, led by legislator Kwok Ka-ki, and vice-chancellor Tsui Lap-chee broke down after Professor Tsui rejected the alternatives proposed by the alumni and insisted the renaming offer could not be retracted. But both parties said they were sincere in the discussions and the meeting was constructive. Dr Kwok and 29 other graduates have launched a campaign against the plan to rename the faculty after the tycoon in gratitude for a $1 billion donation. 'The biggest division we have today is about the naming proposal,' Dr Kwok said after the meeting. 'The University of Hong Kong belongs to Hong Kong people. We feel sad that the university still insists on naming the medical faculty after Mr Li.' He said the alumni would continue to defend the title of the medical faculty, and urged the university to list criteria for naming a faculty after a benefactor. 'There is nothing more important than preserving the name of the faculty which is the oldest faculty at the university. We understand and agree that it is vital for a university to raise funds. But this is not a commercial deal.' The alumni also suggested naming a research centre or the campus where the medical faculty is located after Mr Li. But Dr Kwok said the proposals were all opposed by Professor Tsui. Professor Tsui stressed that the naming decision did not affect academic freedom and the university was not under any kind of influence because of the donation. 'We all agree that the university needs donations for further development. Raising funds is a new culture in the tertiary education field and it takes time for us all to adapt to the new culture,' he said. Though a consensus was not reached, each side now better understood the other, and they would communicate further, he said. Dr Kwok said about 200 signatures have been collected and the medical graduates would hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss what to do next. 'We will also make arrangements to have another meeting with Professor Tsui to discuss the matter later,' he said.