A new policy announced by leaders at HKU that will make it compulsory for undergraduate students to spend time on the mainland as part of their degree has sent ripples through the campus.
According to the South China Morning Post, the new policy, announced last night by vice-president and pro vice-chancellor Professor Ian Holliday, will be slowly phased in and fully implemented by 2022.
While as of yet no specifics about the policy have been released, some fear that it would disadvantage certain students, especially those who did not want a “mainland experience” as part of their studies.
President of HKU’s student union, Billy Fung Jing-en said that he was “shocked” to hear about it. “Our main concerning is his wording. He said ‘if you don’t agree with the policy, then please don’t come to HKU’.”
“In general, the students were shocked by such an announcement as during the open forum at the dinner, some students said they would not want to go to the mainland,” said Feng.
The new policy would see Hong Kong embracing the mainland at a time when restrictions on travel into the territory are being put into place. Last week a new policy limited Shenzhen permanent residents from travelling into the former British colony more than once per week.
By Dominic Jackson