Hong Kong university requires students to take ‘national security education’ class – Radio Free Asia

by | Jul 26, 2022 | Education

Students at the University of Hong Kong will be required to take a course including “national security” content from September, according to an email recently sent out to undergraduates.
The compulsory course bears no credits but will be needed to graduate from all undergraduate degrees, the email said.
“The … non-credit bearing course required … is UG5E1001 Introduction to the Constitution, the Basic Law and the National Security Law,” a July 25 email from the University of Hong Kong Registrar told undergraduates.
“This is an online course which will adopt a self-directed learning approach,” it said. “There is NO NEED TO ENROL in this course during the upcoming course selection.”
Details of the course won’t be published until Sept. 1, the email said.
Eric Lai, an expert in Hong Kong law at Georgetown University, said the university is required to offer the course under government regulations spanning 2022-2025.
“There is no explanation [in the email] of what the content will be, who designed it, whether the content was written by Hong Kong’s national security [apparatus],” Lai told RFA. “All of this is completely unknown.”
Lai said that while the content is in line with the government’s insistence on “national security education” starting …

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