Chinese University of Hong Kong students want the institution's new president, Rocky Tuan Sung-chi, to defend freedom of expression on campus.
Tuan, on his first day as the university's new vice-chancellor and president, greeted reporters in fluent Cantonese yesterday.
The biomedical researcher said he was "excited" about his new job and that he had many tasks on hand.
Today he will visit the campus and its facilities, and meet the media. He plans to meet students later.
Student union president Justin Au Tze-ho said he hopes to meet Tuan in the early days of his term.
He hoped Tuan could be more direct in his response to campus and social issues, as compared to former vice-chancellor Joseph Sung Jao-yiu.
"I hope he can value student's freedom of speech on campus," he said, adding that he was expecting a two-way dialogue between students and the new head.
A student from the business administration department said he hoped Tuan would be as friendly as Sung.
"As the head of a university, I think it is important for him to be familiar with student concerns, and that there should be no barriers in communications," the year two student said.
He also said it was the vice-chancellor's responsibility to protect students' freedom of expression.