Cancer research next step for Sung

Joseph Sung Jao-yiu will work on cancer research next year after stepping down as Chinese University's vice chancellor.

Sophie Hui

Friday, November 17, 2017

Joseph Sung Jao-yiu will work on cancer research next year after stepping down as Chinese University's vice chancellor.

After attending his last graduation ceremony yesterday, Sung said he will return to medical school to teach and work on cancer research.

"This is your graduation ceremony as well as mine," Sung said in his speech.

He said he went through many challenges through his seven-year tenure.

"Since I took office in 2010, we havess experienced various challenges, including reform of university academic structure, personnel changes, academic competitions, controversies on campus, and even social chaos," Sung said.

He also advised students to listen to others' views in a debate but urged them to follow their hearts.

Sung also asked students not to be too combative in discussions and to learn how to make compromises.

"Inappropriate words can light a fire in the forest, leading to irreparable damage. Inappropriate behavior will leave you with a lifelong regret," he said, citing a Chinese proverb.

Sung also said there are different opinions in society and urged students to "sit down and think" before jumping to a conclusion.

During his speech, many social science graduate students held banners to protest the school's clampdown on independence and raise awareness of the threats to freedom of speech.

The row over freedom of speech began at the start of the academic year in September when flyers and banners calling for Hong Kong's independence were put up around campus.

University staff removed the flyers and banners but they reappeared the following day and were also put up in five other universities.

About 50 social science graduates wore masks with red crosses and held posters while CUHK governing council chairman Norman Leung Nai-pang was conferring degrees.

"Defend freedom of speech for schools" and "Don't silence me" were among the slogans on the posters.

Former student union president and CUHK graduate Tommy Cheung Sau- yin said the democracy wall row made university students feel that freedom of speech is under threat on campus.

Science professor Rocky Tuan Sung- chi will succeed Sung from next year.