Please Support Referendum on Institutional Autonomy from 21 to 23 March

PTU News Reporter



Web page for voter registration
(must be registered by noon, March 18th)

From 21 March to 23 March, “Referendum on Institutional Autonomy” will be co-organized by our Union with Scholars’ Alliance for Academic Freedom, HKU Alumni Concern Group and staff associations of eight local tertiary institutions.  We invite all teaching staff of these eight UGC-funded institutions (not including those staff of community college) to cast vote on two motions.  Fung Wai-wah, our President, said in the press conference that he would like all colleagues to cast vote and say no to the political interference of the Government in the internal operation of the institutions.

Vote on Council’s Structure and Power of Chief Executive

We will vote on the two following motions:

  1. To abolish the powers of the Chief Executive in appointing members to the Council;
  2. To increase the ratio of elected members of academic/teaching and administrative/supporting staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students in the Council

The co-organizers have invited HKU Public Opinion Programme to provide e-voting platform and all fellow staff of the institutions, except colleagues of Lingnan University, can cast vote off-site (through online platform).  Eligible off-site voters will receive an email from their respective staff associations to invite you to cast vote and pre-register before the e-voting.

Voting Arrangement of Different Institutions

Colleagues are kindly advised to pay attention to the arrangement of voting of different institutions, as follows:

Staff from HKU, CUHK, HKBU, PolyU and CityU: you can cast vote off-site or at a physical voting station.  Those who will cast off-site vote must pre-register before noon of 18 March on the website of https://jointu.popvote.hk and set a log-in password.  Staff should register by the email address provided by their respective institution.  Staff shall receive an email after the registration, in which a link for the voting is enclosed.  From 21 March to 23 March the registered staff can log in with their password and cast vote off-site.

Staff from HKUST and HKIEd: since no physical voting station will be provided in these two institutions, staff can only cast their votes off-site.  Those who will cast vote must pre-register before noon of 18 March on the website of https://jointu.popvote.hk and set a log-in password.  Staff should register by the email address provided by their respective institution.  Staff shall receive an email after the registration, in which a link for the voting is enclosed.  From 21 March to 23 March the registered staff can log in with their password and cast vote off-site.

Staff from LU: Since Lingnan University does not provide off-site voting platform, staff of Lingnan University can only cast vote at the physical voting station.  From 17 March to 18 March, or 21 March to 23 March, colleagues please bring along their staff ID card to cast vote at the voting station set on the campus.

Members Should Voice Against the Authority’s Interference

We notice that the Authority has been taking actions to undermine the academic freedom and institutional autonomy from time to time, which is contributed by the fact that the current ordinances of the universities hardly protect the institutional autonomy.  Therefore the Authority can openly interfere in the internal operation of the Council of the universities.  Among the Councils of the eight UGC-funded institutions, generally more than 30% of their members are appointed by the Chief Executive, even more than half of the members of the Council of the Lingnan University and Hong Kong Institute of Education are appointed by the Chief Executive.  Our Union has been urging the Authority to review the structure of the Council by collecting colleagues?views so that the concerned ordinances would be amended to reform the structure of the Council to enhance the institutional autonomy and academic freedom of the institutions.

Therefore the referendum is very important as this will legitimize our proposed amendments on the ordinances of the institutions and the structure of the Council.  We appeal all our members to cast your vote and support the two motions in this referendum.

Timetable of Referendum

From now to
12pm of 18 March
Those who will cast your vote off-site, please visit http://jointu.popvote.hk to pre-register and set a voting password.
From now to
12pm of 11 March
Those who have pre-registered please click the link in the confirmation email and log-in the webpage to participate in the mock voting so that you would be familiar with the e-voting system.
21 March to 23 March Those who have registered can cast your vote off-site.Except the colleagues of HKUST and HKIEd, those of other institutions can cast your vote in the voting stations of the respective institutions.  In case of repeat voting, the vote cast on-site will override the vote cast off-site.