New appointment

Professor Chan Chak-keung has been appointed as Chair Professor of Atmospheric Environment and concurrently as Dean of the School of Energy and Environment with effect from 28 December 2015. Professor Chan, who received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, has over 25 years of research experience in air pollution and aerosol science. 

Professor Richard Allen has been appointed as Chair Professor of Film and Media Art and concurrently as Dean of the School of Creative Media with effect from 4 January 2016. In the last 10 years, Professor Allen was Chair of the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University as well as the external examiner for the School of Creative Media at CityU. 

President’s Lecture

The first talk in the President’s Lecture Series: Excellence in Academia for 2016 will be delivered by Professor Michael Yang Mengsu, Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Yeung Kin Man Chair Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Director of the CityU Shenzhen Biotech and Health Centre. The talk, which will take place on 29 January, is titled “Biochips and Nanomedicine: From Basic Research to Clinical Applications”. In his talk, he will introduce a brief history of DNA and biotechnology, and present his research on biochip technology and nanotechnology and their applications for disease diagnosis and therapy.

Debating Challenge

A collaboration between CityU and SCMP Young Post to promote the University and the Colleges and Schools to high-calibre local secondary school students will culminate in the Discovery and Innovation Debating Challenge school programme. The day-long event, which will be held on 30 January, will help students to polish their debating skills and will include a campus visit, talks by College/School representatives, a debate workshop and the actual debate competition. Around 200 Form 4 and Form 5 students from elite schools are expected to attend.

Hong Kong Writers Talk Series

Dr Wong Leung-Wo, Associate Professor of the Department of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, will deliver a talk titled “From ‘Body’ to ‘Family History’: My Path to Fiction Writing” for the Hong Kong Writers Talk Series on 12 January. He is also a recipient of the Youth Literary Award and the Award for Creative Writing in Chinese. In the talk, Dr Wong will share his experience in fiction writing and the inspiration for some of his works.


PhD student Guo Lei of the Department of Electronic Engineering (EE) has been awarded the Student Best Paper Award at 2015 International Workshop on Electromagnetics: Applications and Student Innovation Competition for her paperCompact Omnidirectional Circularly Polarized Dielectric Resonator Antenna”. The paper was supervised by Professor Leung Kwok-wa of EE. The competition provides students with the opportunity to present technical know-how and demonstrate their outstanding research work related to electromagnetics applications.

In addition, Wang Shiqi, a Year 4 EE student, won the 2015 Eugene F. Knott Memorial Pre-Doctoral Research Award presented by IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S). Her winning project proposal was called "Design of Decorative Unidirectional Glass Antenna for WiFi Router". Professor Leung was the supervisor for this project, too. AP-S awards up to six pre-doctoral scholarships each year as a way of encouraging students to pursue a career in electromagnetics.