Press Release
30 June 2005

Report on Renaming of HKU Medical Faculty Survey

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong will be named after Mr. Li Ka-shing, who donated $1 billion to the university last month. This "unprecedented" move aroused much controversy amongst the profession, particularly, amongst the faculty alumni. In view of that, the Council of the Hong Kong Medical Association decided to survey the opinion of the membership on this issue earlier this month. A total of 6,211 questionnaires were mailed to all members 2 weeks ago. By 5p.m. today, 838 questionnaires were received, making a respond rate of 13.5%. Comparing with an earlier survey held last month about the Chief Executive election of the HKSAR, in which the respond rate was 9.8%, this response rate was even higher.

The first question asked whether respondents graduated from the HKU Medical School. 624 (74%) gave an affirmative answer, while 207 (25%) said no and 1% of respondents did not give any answer.

The second question was directly asking respondents whether they supported the move to rename the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong after Mr. Li Ka-shing. 163 (19%) supported the move while 612 (74%) were against it. 60 (7%) remained neutral and 3 did not give an answer.

Amongst the 624 HKU graduates, 462 (74%) were against the renaming; 114 (18.4%) supported and 46 (7.4%) declared neutral. For the 207 non-HKU graduates, a similar proportion displayed. 149 (72%) objected to the renaming, 47 (23%) supported and 11(5%) declared neutral.

The survey result indicated that members are concerned about the renaming issue, comparable if not surpassing the importance of the Chief Executive election, irrespective of whether they are graduates from the University of Hong Kong. The message is clear: The majority is against the renaming of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong.

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Notes to editors :
The Hong Kong Medical Association, founded in 1920, aims to bring together the government and the institutional, university and private medical practitioners of Hong Kong for an effective exchange of views and co-ordination of efforts. The foremost objective of the Association is to safeguard and promote the health of the people of Hong Kong. The Association speaks collectively for its members and aims at keeping its members abreast of medical ethics, issues and advances around the world. In fulfilling these goals, the Association hopes to better serve the people of Hong Kong.

Enquiries : Miss Veronica Yeung; Tel: 2527 8941
Home Page : http://www.hkma.org
E-mail : hkma@hkma.org

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