Chu Hai College of Higher Education has been granted land in east Tuen Mun for a new campus, a move the chief executive said yesterday was part of government support for development of private tertiary institutions. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen discussed the grant during a visit to the college's Tsuen Wan campus. He said the new campus would accommodate up to 4,000 students - almost four times the capacity of the present one. Chu Hai College, which has more than 1,100 students, was recently granted HK$350 million for the campus, which is expected to be in use by 2012. Students and staff expressed delight at the news of the land grant. 'This area is too small but the number of students is increasing,' one student told Mr Tsang. 'So we are all happy to learn about the grant.' College president Chang Chung-nan said the institution would employ more teachers and increase the number of courses from 10 to between 15 and 20. He said the school would not develop too quickly because it wanted to maintain the quality of its teaching, and gaining university status was not the most important objective. Established in Guangzhou in 1947, the college moved to Hong Kong in 1949. Separately, the government has announced it will reserve two urban sites for private universities. Mr Tsang said he hoped details of the land grants - one on Hong Kong Island and one in Kowloon - would be announced by the end of this year.