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Peter Mathieson takes early leave from HKU.

Peter Mathieson has resigned from the University of Hong Kong and will take up a new appointment as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.

In an email to HKU members, Mathieson said he was leaving for “personal reasons.”

Mathieson assumed office as the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor on a five-year term in April 2014, five months before the outbreak of the Umbrella Movement followed by a row over the rejected appointment of Johannes Chan as pro-vice-chancellor.

Arthur Li, chairman of the HKU Council, will likely head the select committee for the next vice-chancellor.