Cherian joins uni in HK

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The lecturer who was denied tenureship at NTU twice is joining Hong Kong Baptist University in August.. He is contract is for three years and he will start as associate professor.

George was quoted in the South China Morning Post as saying: “I’m impressed by how Hong Kong academics, students and the public have succeeded in vigorously defending academic freedom. [Hong Kong] universities have excellent media scholars who are deeply engaged in society’s issues, and the idea of working alongside them is very attractive.”

The head of the university’s journalism department, Steve Guo, told the HK paper:  “It was the unanimous view of the selection panel that George will be a valued asset to the international journalism branch.”

George joined NTU’s school of communication and information in 2004. In 2009, he was promoted to associate professor but denied tenure. He was denied tenure again last year and his appeal was rejected. His contract ended in February with no possibility of renewal.