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University Announcement: Student Hostel Development 學生宿舍進展 2019-04-02
Student Hostel Development
 
Dear students, staff and alumni,
 
We would like to update the CityU community about the latest development concerning student hostels at CityU.
 
Disappointingly, the Government has decided that CityU must share the Tat Hong Avenue site, which is adjacent to our existing student hostel buildings, with Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) for student hostel development, despite our proposal for an alternative arrangement that would benefit CityU, PolyU and ultimately Hong Kong. However, the Government finally decided to follow their original plan that the hostel site at Tat Hong Avenue must be shared between CityU and around 1,680 PolyU students.
 
As background, CityU accepted the Whitehead site in Ma On Shan in 2009 for the further development of our student hostels because we had been told that no other site near the CityU campus in Kowloon Tong would be available. Although we have undertaken preparatory work for the hostels at the Whitehead site, we have not started construction because the relevant funding has not yet been obtained from the Government.
 
We later learnt that a site at Tat Hong Avenue had become available. This new site, so close to the CityU campus, can resolve fully our hostel shortfall in one location rather than two, while the Whitehead site can readily accommodate PolyU’s hostel shortfall. In terms of capital and long-term management, it is substantially more beneficial for both universities to cluster their hostels. For CityU, we will now have to build hostels at two different sites, which will cause management challenges and costs (e.g. providing additional amenities and facilities at the off-campus hostels). Furthermore, we believe the risk of critical incidents related to hostel and campus safety and potential unrest with the shared site cannot be underestimated.
 
We have requested that the Government facilitate a swap between CityU and PolyU so that we can use the entire Tat Hong Avenue site and PolyU can make use of the Whitehead site. The Students’ Union also conducted a survey and wrote to the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in support of this proposal. CityU has conveyed our serious reservations to the UGC and the Government about sharing the site, and we remain baffled by the Government’s decision.
 
The situation now is that unless we agree to accept the land allocation as currently set out, i.e. sharing the Tat Hong Avenue site with PolyU and using the Whitehead site for fulfilling our shortfall of hostel places, and sign the Hostel Development Fund (HDF) service agreement by the end of March 2019, CityU will no longer be entitled to the HDF. Given this situation, CityU has no alternative but to sign the agreement.
 
CityU sincerely hopes that the Government might reconsider our student hostel land-swap proposal with PolyU. We strongly believe that our proposal makes economic and logistical sense. We have asked that should certain measures for traffic control, crowd and space management, for example, or any other additional resources prove necessary for managing safety at the joint hostel site, the Government will render support to both CityU and PolyU.
 
 
Professor Horace Ip Ho-shing, Vice-President (Student Affairs)
Mr Sunny Lee Wai-kwong, Vice- President (Administration)
 
2 April 2019
 
 
 
學生宿舍進展
 
 
各位同學、同事及校友:
 
謹此向城大社群報告城大學生宿舍的最新進展。
 
對於政府決定城大須與香港理工大學(理大)共用達康路用地建造學生宿舍,我們感到非常遺憾。達康路用地毗鄰現有城大學生宿舍,儘管我們已提出既有利城大、理大及最終能惠及香港的不同建議,政府仍決定按原定計劃,城大學生必須與約1,680名理大學生共同使用達康路學生宿舍用地。
 
在此提供一些背景資料:城大在2009年接受馬鞍山白石用地以擴建學生宿舍,因為我們當時獲告知城大九龍塘校園附近沒有可供批用的土地。雖然我們在白石地盤做了一些籌建準備工作,但由於仍未獲得政府相關資助,故並未正式施工。
 
我們稍後得悉達康路附近有用地。這塊用地既鄰近城大校園,亦即可完全解決城大學生宿舍短缺情況,無須分散兩地;而白石用地也足以應付理大宿舍短缺的情況。從資金和長遠管理角度而言,兩所大學組成各自宿舍群的利益遠勝分處兩地,因為後者牽涉到管理上的困難和成本(如須為校外宿舍提供額外的康樂設施和設備)。此外,我們不能低估共用地段可能引起的宿舍及校園安全管理或其他嚴重事故的風險。
 
我們已經要求政府重新分配城大和理大的用地,讓城大能夠使用整片達康路用地,而理大則可使用白石用地。城大學生會也為此做了一次調查,並致函香港特別行政區行政長官尋求支持城大方案。城大曾向教資會和政府表示對兩校共用一地有強烈保留,因此我們對政府的決定感到困惑。
 
現時的情況是,若我們不接受目前的土地分配 (即與理大共用達康路用地,以補足白石用地學生宿位的不足),並於2019年3月底前簽署「宿舍發展基金」服務協議,城大將無法獲得宿舍發展基金撥款。因此,除了簽署協議,我們別無選擇。
 
城大衷心希望政府重新考慮我們與理大交換學生宿舍土地的建議,並深信我們的建議既符合經濟效益,又有利後勤支援。我們亦要求政府就兩所大學日後在管理聯合宿舍時的交通管制、人流與空間管理,及其他安全管理等方面,為城大及理大提供必要的措施和支援。
 
 
副校長(學生事務)葉豪盛教授
副校長(行政)李惠光先生
 
2019年4月2日
 
(大學通告中文版本為英文原文之直譯)
 

 

 




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