Hang Seng University's president says he is not against talk of Hong Kong independence on campus, and is open to the idea of holding discussions or forums on the controversial issue in future.
"On any topic, regarding religion, politics or any other social issues, we only stick to the same principle. We always honour, uphold academic freedom, press ... would give them the most freedom in the campus," Professor Simon Ho said.
"But the bottom line of all, we are in Hong Kong and we should respect the local laws. And also we always emphasise, not just to students, but also to our colleagues, whenever you do things and say words, I think you have to respect the feelings and rights of other people."
He also said if students want to organise a debate or forum on the issue, he would be open to the idea.
Ho was speaking after the institution was upgraded from a college to a private university this week.
He told RTHK's Janice Wong that university staff are now rushing to prepare for the first batch of Hang Seng University graduates next month.