From the Dean

From the Dean

Prof Xiaowei Zang, Dean of CLASS

Like many counterparts at top universities elsewhere in the world, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) promotes global citizenship and local community outreach. The College Office has been working hard to set up platforms to enable students and professors in the College to pursue teaching and research activities in Hong Kong and beyond. One such platform is the Global China Studies project of CLASS, which explores social, economic and cultural developments in China and their connectivity with the world through cross-disciplinary collaboration. Another platform is the dual Master's degree programme in Integrated Marketing Communications, jointly offered by CityU's Department of Media and Communication, and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications in the US, which aims to broaden students' horizons and improve their thinking and knowledge.

Progress becomes possible with successful knowledge transfer. Professors in CLASS are actively applying its research findings to solve problems in and build links with society. In March, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hong Kong Police College to establish collaboration on research and training in criminology and policing. The move will help to advance our knowledge transfer and community outreach activities, benefiting Hong Kong society.

To acknowledge the efforts and achievements of our students and professors, we organised the annual CLASS Awards Day in May 2016. Four different categories of awards, the Discovery-enriched Curriculum Award, Teaching Innovation Award, Excellence in Knowledge Transfer Award and New Researcher Award were presented at the ceremony. The winning projects in the four categories showcase how our students and faculty are working to promote justice and equality.

In August, the CLASS Office held a tailored seminar to give secondary school students advice on university life planning. In the seminar, our faculty discussed the academic accomplishments of CityU and the educational philosophy of CLASS departments. We also invited outstanding undergraduates to share their learning experience in CLASS. We showed the seminar attendees that our curriculum offered much more than functional knowledge because we emphasised transforming classroom knowledge into real world knowledge, so that our graduates can be successful in the workplace. For example, a graduate Cherrie Poon, who studied Linguistics and Language Technology in CLASS, is an air traffic control officer at Hong Kong International Airport.

I hope you will find stories in CITY CLASS Issue 3 interesting to read.