Dear Professor Chan,
As a former member of the council of HKUST, I never wrote individually to you. But now it is really the time to do it.
As you may know, a group of students hold a signature solicitation in the attrium this two days, for a great mass of RPG is going to be moved out of campus in the coming academic year. Their bands were fully covered by signatures. Support also comes from our faculty members, concerning how could their students do experiments living off-campus. Professor CHENG Shiu-Yuen, our former Dean of Science, signed on the band just now.
Concerns also comes from students in top universities in the mainland, they know the serious situation of HKUST, and know the battle on-going now. Just now, a student who came to HKUST to get more information on PG
programs felt quite hesitated to see the signature solicitation acativity and left her email address to let them keep her updated about this issue.
In such a time, I was astonished to hear that EMBA (part time) students are guarantteed with on-campus housing, in the time that full time RPGs are kicked out. We understand that the university is proud of the EMBA
program, and counts on it for a reputation promotion. But what's the base of HKUST? Is there a top university founded on the basis of part-time program? If I were you, I may also feel very difficult to make this choice, but as a far-sighted world level leader of academic institutions, this is just the very topic worthing considering for a long term development. Some talented PhD students transferred to MPhil to leave HKUST for top universities in the USA. Why we still feel so hard to put more emphasis on attracting and serving PG students? Please make sure what the university intakes is really medicine rather than analeptic.
Anyway, in any regard, it is not wise to put the RPG