President Way Kuo has advocated the separation of politics and education since joining City University of Hong Kong in 2008 so that our education mission can be fully achieved.
The essence of this standpoint is academic autonomy. It implies that external parties (including religious groups, politicians and political bodies, the media, and people with different political agenda) should not interfere in the academic life at, and governance of, a university. It also means that staff, students and alumni should not use a university as a platform for street politics. This is how modern higher education succeeds, and Hong Kong should follow suit.
In addition, a university must not be used as a platform for the promotion of personal political viewpoints or the pursuit of commercial interests or individual agenda outside our core mission of teaching and research. To consolidate our global excellence in research and professional education, we must sustain a teaching environment in which the principle of neutrality and autonomy is strictly observed. We support, on a law-abiding basis, rational discussion and we accommodate a range of diverse views in the spirit of mutual respect and collegiality.
We must uphold academic freedom and campus autonomy, which are our core values and should be respected.