HKU head Zhang Xiang offered early contract extension

The head of the University of Hong Kong, Zhang Xiang, has been offered an early contract extension which would allow him to remain in the post for a full decade.

Zhang’s initial five-year term was scheduled to run until 2023.

In a letter to staff, students and alumni, HKU Council chairman Arthur Li said Zhang has been offered a new deal to keep him at the university until 2028.

Li said Zhang has done well in leading the university through crises “with demonstrated strength and resilience”. Li also praised him for initiating “ground-breaking” projects, such as plans for a HKU campus in Shenzhen.

RTHK has reached out to Zhang to find out whether he has accepted the contract extension.