Tycoon Li Ka-shing insisted on renaming the University of Hong Kong's faculty of medicine after him over three other options offered by the university after he donated HK$1 billion, according to a book released yesterday. Alleged details of the three-year negotiations were revealed in the Chinese-language Thy Name Is Priceless, written by a group of medical alumni to 'immortalise' the 119-year-old faculty as part of its bid to regain the faculty's name. A spokesman for the faculty denied the book's account last night and the Li Ka-shing Foundation declined to comment. The book says HKU vice-chancellor Tsui Lap-chee met alumni in May last year when the faculty was renamed and gave a detailed account of negotiations with Mr Li. The negotiations began in 2003 but were stalled by Sars. At some point, Mr Li was offered four choices on how his donation would be remembered, according to the book. The other options were naming a special centre for infectious diseases, a new research fund or a building or the new extended campus in Pok Fu Lam after him. Mr Li did not respond to any of the three. But when the fourth offer was made - for the faculty of medicine to be named after him - he agreed. The university council said at the time the renaming was to recognise Mr Li's generosity. But the move caused outrage among alumni, sparking a campaign of protest letters and fund-raising to force the university to reverse its decision. So far 20 alumni have pledged HK$1 million to buy back the name. The new book costs HK$50 and includes a history of the school. Mr Li has been given a copy. In an interview yesterday, the book's co-editor, Lau Man-yam, claimed Professor Tsui had not publicly revealed 'all the facts' and had made misleading statements on the issue.