Written by: Hu Jiaxin
2020-01-03 22:49Last updated: 2020-01-03 22:49
Anti-repair demonstration protests last year "burned to" university campuses, facilities were damaged, and many universities had to pay huge maintenance fees; on the other hand, in the face of "cutting water" at the same time, donations decreased. CityU responded to enquiries yesterday (2nd), stating that the social turmoil in recent months has affected admissions, tuition income and donations. It is trying to find various financial resources and make full efforts to repair campus equipment. Another university executive also revealed that there are donations Someone called off the donation plan under discussion and even asked the school to return the donation.
Zhongguo Bin, a member of the legislative council of the textile and garment industry, said that it is known that some business people have suspended donations to universities because they are dissatisfied with university students taking the front line demonstrations and not knowing the progress of various scientific research. After the storm subsided and the campus calmed down, it was the intention to continue donating.
Anti-revision storms once made major campuses conflict battlefields. (Profile picture)
Several universities were severely damaged during a demonstration in November. HKBU, HKUST and HKU are "minorly injured". CUHK, CityU and PolyU have suffered severe damage, especially PolyU, which has been occupied by demonstrators for a week. The maintenance costs are estimated to be high.
CUHK maintenance costs initially involve 70 million
In November last year, six aided universities have successively become battlefields for anti-revision demonstrations, and maintenance has been carried out in the past few months to reopen the campus. "Hong Kong 01" made enquiries with six institutions yesterday. CUHK replied that after the initial counting, the estimated maintenance cost involved HK $ 70 million, of which the cost of repairing or replacing 75 school vehicles was approximately HK $ 30 million. The amount of money needed for emergency rehabilitation of the campus at this stage will be borne by the university.
The University of Hong Kong, HKBU, PolyU and HKUST did not disclose the amount of maintenance costs involved. The University of Hong Kong refers to the cost of the university's current expenses first and discusses other feasible arrangements in the future.
CityU cancels annual fundraising dinner
CityU pointed out earlier that the loss of equipment alone involved billions of yuan. CityU ’s latest response states that, in response to the chaotic situation of public transportation, it provided temporary connection to free school buses for teachers and students, subsidized some expenses for faculty and boarding students who needed temporary accommodation, and increased security staff to strengthen campus ownership Entry and exit controls, etc., all of these involve a number of additional expenses. CityU continued to point out that the recent social turmoil has affected admissions, tuition income and donations, and is seeking to find various financial resources and make every effort to repair campus equipment.
According to people familiar with the university, CityU hosts an annual fund-raising dinner in November every year, which can raise more than 10 million yuan, which is an important source of donations. However, there have been many demonstrations in this month. In a social atmosphere, attendees may not have the intention to donate, so they decided to cancel the dinner. He predicted that due to the social turmoil, the number of donations may decline, but the drop is unexpected for the time being.
In addition, a university management stated as early as October that some donors have suspended planned donations, and some people have proposed to stop granting scholarships, and even asked the university to return the donations received, especially those used for scholarships.
Zhong Guobin, a member of the Legislative Council of the textile and garment industry, said that some business people are known to have suspended donations to the university. (Profile picture)
Zhong Guobin: Some donors dissatisfied with college students resorting to violence
Zhong Guobin, a member of the Legislative Council of the textile and garment industry, said that it is known that some business people have suspended donations to universities. "For example, donations are in installments. After the first and second periods, the third period will be suspended first." The business people ’s suspension of donations involves different reasons, including dissatisfaction with university performance, that colleges condone students to take the frontline demonstrations, and are disappointed that college students resort to violence. Demonstration? "
He went on to point out that in the past months of demonstrations, many mainland professors and graduate students have left Hong Kong. In addition to the suspension of university studies earlier, the scientific research progress of the university has not been known. He asked, "Is the research just buried?" Zhong expects the business community to resume donations only after the storm subsides and the campus calms down.
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