Matthew Cheung Kin-chung has been given the green light to teach at the University of Hong Kong after retiring from his job as Chief Secretary for Administration in June.
He will be taking up the role of Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the institution, in which he will engage in teaching and learning, research, and knowledge exchange as well as other academic and professional activities.
A SAR advisory committee overseeing the post-office appointment for former politically appointed officials decided that the former Chief Secretary for Administration would not constitute a conflict of interest by taking up the teaching role.
It also stated that Cheung’s new role would not arouse any well-founded negative public perception embarrassing the SAR government.
Cheung had previously applied in November to the committee to attend a high-table dinner and a session about population and sustainable development as a guest speaker at the university, for which permission was also granted.
The Advisory Committee said in considering each case, it has to consider the information provided by the former politically appointed official concerned, the assessments by relevant government bureau or offices, and the criteria for advice as stipulated in the guidance notes on post-office employment for politically appointed officials.