New Faculty Orientation

A series of talks organised by the Human Resources Office aiming at orienting new CityU faculty was delivered by senior management and faculty members at the New Faculty Orientation 2018 on 1 September. Professor Way Kuo, CityU President, delivered the opening remarks, while Professor Alex Jen Kwan-yue, Provost, and Professor Gary Feng Gang, Associate Provost (Academic Planning and Undergraduate Education), offered an overview of CityU and some insights into how to build a successful career at CityU. During the event, there were also sessions on teaching and learning, quality assurance, experience-sharing, research and postgraduate studies, the CityU Scholars system, PhD matters and Mainland Joint PhD schemes. A reception with department heads, deans, faculty mentors, senior management was held in the evening.

CityU Distinguished Lecture Series

The story of the discovery and development of green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a biological marker reflects how scientific progress is often made: through accidental discoveries, the willingness to ignore previous assumptions, and the combined efforts of many people. Professor Martin Chalfie, University Professor at Columbia University and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2008, will deliver a talk titled “GFP: Lighting Up Life” on 5 September.

How unified, or diverse, were the phenomena covered by the term ‘the Arab Spring’? And why did the civil resistance movements of 2011 run into difficulties in so many countries? On 19 September, Professor Sir Adam Roberts, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, will respond to these questions at a talk titled “The Fate of the Arab Spring: 2011 to Today”.

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Dialogue Series with Consuls General

Organised by the Office of the Vice-President (Student Affairs), this series provides excellent opportunities for students and staff to exchange ideas, learn about the latest development of different countries, and develop a better understanding of different cultures, gain insights and inspirations from the honored speakers and guests from different countries. Mr Tri Tharyat, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in the Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR, will speak on “Globalization and Your Future” and share tips on exchange, future studies, career development in Indonesia at the next event in the series, which will take place on 5 September. For enquiries, please call 3442 8097 or email to

New Economy Forum cum EMBA + MPA launching ceremony

The New Economy Forum cum EMBA + MPA launching ceremony was held on 31 August. Professor Way Kuo, President of CityU, officiated at the ceremony. The forum was chaired by Dr Ba Shusong, Chief China Economist at HKEX, and Dr James Wang Jixian, Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Management Sciences and the Research Centre on One-Belt-One-Road at CityU. The EMBA course by CityU’s College of Business and the MPA course by School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing are co-founded by the two universities. It is Asia’s first ever dual EMBA and MPA degree programme with focus on the theory and practice of Public-Private Partnerships within China’s One Belt One Road initiative.


Professor Chiang Kin-seng, Chair Professor of Electronic Engineering, and his PhD student Chang Zeshan won the Best Paper Award at the 13th Pacific Rim Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO Pacific Rim 2018). The winning paper was titled “All-optical control of propagation loss with a graphene-embedded polymer waveguide”. The conference was organised by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and co-sponsored by the Optical Society, IEEE Photonics Society Hong Kong Chapter and the IEEE Hong Kong Section. There were around 600 contributed papers and Professor Chiang’s team was one of five award recipients.

Dr Jacky Keung Wai, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science (CS), together with Dr Arif Ali Khan, a CS PhD graduate, received the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Software Premium Award for their co-authored paper titled “Systematic review of success factors and barriers for software process improvement in global software development” in the journal IET Software. Each year the IET awards a prize to the authors of the best paper published within the last two years in each of the IET’s journals. Dr Keung’s paper is the only Best Paper in the category of Software Engineering that received such a prestigious award.

PhD students Mi Qing, Mei Xiupei and Xiao Yan together with their CS supervisors Dr Keung (see above) and Dr Chan Wing-kwong, Associate Professor in CS, received the Excellent Paper Award for their co-authored paper "A Gamification Technique for Motivating Students to Learn Code Readability in Software Engineering" at the 4th International Symposium on Educational Technology (ISET 2018) held in Osaka, Japan from 31 July to 2 August. ISET is an annual international conference with the main focus on educational technology. The purpose is to bring together researchers and developers from education and computer science to advance the research and application of information and communication technology in education.

Umair Mujtaba Qureshi, a CS PhD student, received the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Students and Young Professional Paper Assistance (IES-SYPA) Award for his paper titled “Problem of Wireless Fingerprint Duplication in Fingerprinting based Indoor Localization” at the 27th IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2018) held in Cairns, Australia from 13 to 15 June. This paper was co-authored with Zuneera Umair, another CS PhD student, and his supervisor Dr Gerhard Hancke, Assistant Professor in CS. ISIE is the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society’s flagship conference. This annual event is a premier international forum for researchers, developers and practitioners at the forefront of science and technology in industrial electronics.