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Chris Webster : I Support The Council's Decision

【明報專訊】Academic freedom and institutional autonomy are two different, if related, ideas. Academic freedom is the bed-rock of university scholarship in an open society. I personally do not think that the appointment of a PVC for internal administrative affairs has a lot to do with academic freedom(unless the office has undue ideological or political influence on promotions, appeals etc., which is definitely not the case in HKU). As far as I can see, HKU academics remain and will continue to remain, free to pursue intellectual lines of inquiry with the highest degree of academic freedom.

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