Campus march by Hong Kong graduates marks a year since university clashes

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Dozens of Hong Kong students turned their graduation ceremony on Thursday into a march to commemorate pro-democracy protests last year that included violent clashes with police across city campuses.

Wearing black graduation robes and Guy Fawkes masks, the students marched through the campus of Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). They said they were organising their own graduation after the university said it would be held online because of the risk of the novel coronavirus.

“I want to pass on the spirit … so the next generation of students don’t forget what happened last year,” said Philip, a social sciences graduate who declined to give his last name.

In November last year, campuses of CUHK and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) saw prolonged clashes between students and riot police, with protesters firing petrol bombs from catapults and using bows and arrows and police responding with

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Hong Kong university professor charged with murdering his wife ‘not a good guy’, court hears

A University of Hong Kong professor on trial for murdering his wife was “not a good guy”, his sister-in-law recalled the victim saying just days before she was killed and stuffed into a suitcase two years ago.

The High Court also heard that 53-year-old victim Chan Wai-man had hoped to divorce associate professor Cheung Kie-chung, 56, because she felt bored, as he was always away from home. Cheung, however, rejected a separation when the matter was discussed six to seven years before she was killed on or about August 17, 2018.

Hong Kong university professor admits killing wife but denies murdering her

But Chan Wai-yin’s police statements read in court also revealed observations about her late elder sister, who she described as an impatient, irritable and “garrulous” woman who gave a lot of orders, while Cheung was said to be a man with a poker face,“usually obedient like a sheep”

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China is not the real problem with Hong Kong university’s latest appointments

a statue of a man and a woman standing in front of a building: Key appointments at HKU, founded in 1911, often capture public attention because it is a storied institution with a reputation for academic freedom. Photo: Sam Tsang

Key appointments at HKU, founded in 1911, often capture public attention because it is a storied institution with a reputation for academic freedom. Photo: Sam Tsang

I write with regard to your report on the University of Hong Kong’s appointment of two vice-presidents and the resulting disputes. Such conflicts almost always default to splitting along the pro-Beijing vs pro-democracy binary, where the pro-establishment camp has been seen to always gain a de facto upper hand.

Such is the case again today. Doubts and reservations are again framed and dismissed, not unjustifiably, as intentional maligning and sensationalism.

But, let us be clear: the Chinese citizenship of both appointees and the supposed Communist Party membership of one of them are not the real problem and should not be framed as such. Anyone with any knowledge of Chinese politics would know that party membership is more a social and career tool

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Eco-engineered tiles enhance marine biodiversity on seawalls in Hong Kong and beyond

Eco-engineered tiles enhance marine biodiversity on seawalls in Hong Kong and beyond
Eco-engineered tiles attached to the vertical seawalls in Lok On Pai, Hong Kong. Credit: City University of Hong Kong

A joint-study led by a team of marine ecologists from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has found that the eco-engineered tiles can increase habitat complexity on seawalls in Hong Kong, thereby effectively enhancing the marine biodiversity. The Hong Kong study is part of a global research project on the relationship between habitat complexity and marine biodiversity on human-built marine structures.

Professor Kenneth Leung Mei-yee, who has recently joined CityU and is the new Director of the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP) and Chair Professor of Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, led a team made up of researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) as well as universities in the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore to conduct the experiment in Hong Kong. Their findings were published recently in the

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LU study reveals over 80% of Mainland China and Hong Kong university students show no interest in studying abroad after COVID-19 pandemic

HONG KONG, Nov. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A recent survey “Understanding Hong Kong and Mainland university students’ intentions to study overseas after the COVID-19 crisis,” conducted by the School of Graduate Studies of Lingnan University (LU) finds that only 16 per cent of respondents have plans to pursue postgraduate studies abroad. In addition, Hong Kong is the second most popular post-COVID study destination, just behind the US and ahead of the UK. The research team points out that the pandemic is shifting the mobility flow of international students, and that East Asian countries and regions are facing more opportunities in the increasingly competitive higher education sector for international students.

The online survey, which asks university students

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Hong Kong needs tougher laws to tackle wildlife crime say researchers

Hong Kong is thriving as a transnational wildlife smuggling hub because its laws are not strong enough to tackle organised crime running the lucrative trade, researchers said Friday.

With its busy port and transport links, the semi-autonomous territory is a major transit point for illegal parts of endangered animals like elephants, rhinos and pangolins — most of it headed for consumers in mainland China.

Record seizures have been made in recent years.

But Hong Kong University researchers said the confiscations mask the lack of progress, noting: “No wildlife traffickers have ever been prosecuted for money laundering related offences and no syndicates indicted for wildlife smuggling.”

The two year study, authored by Amanda Whitfort, a professor at the law faculty, and Fiona Woodhouse, from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, highlighted major deficiencies in the city’s battle against the multi-million dollar trade.

The most glaring problem, they wrote,

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