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No. 100 20 November 2007


New President candidate
The Search Committee for the President has decided unanimously and unreservedly to recommend Professor Way Kuo to the University Council for appointment as the new President of the University. Professor Kuo is University Distinguished Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, US. Professor Kuo is a distinguished scholar, with a proven track record in University education and research and he has held senior administrative positions in both academic and research institutions. He is a Professor of Industrial and Information Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT and is an elected member of the prestigious US National Academy of Engineering, the International Academy for Quality and the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. Professor Kuo was born in Taipei and received his BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from the National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan in 1972. He received a PhD degree in Industrial Engineering in 1980 from Kansas State University. Before submitting its final recommendation to the Council at its meeting to be held on Monday the 26th November, the Search Committee has decided to arrange for a group of staff members and students to meet with Professor Kuo on 23 November 2007.


University ranking improves
City University of Hong Kong (CityU) jumped five places from 154th last year to 149th this year among the world's top universities, according to The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) 2007 survey. CityU is one of the four Hong Kong universities listed in the top 200. CityU broke into the world's top 200 universities four years ago (ranked 198th) and has continued to climb ever since. It was ranked 178th and 154th in 2005 and 2006, respectively.


General Education
A University Development Forum will be held on 30 November, from 2pm-4pm, to introduce to staff and students the objectives of the General Education (GE) Programme and its benefits to current students and to explain how GE courses help students meet the Out-of-Discipline course requirements. The Forum will be chaired by Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing, Acting Vice-President (Undergraduate Education). Professor Lilian Vrijmoed Kwan Lee-ping, Dean of Student Learning, will provide academic advice to students. The six GE course leaders will give a brief introduction of their courses to assist students in the course selection process.

Convocation election
The election for the first Standing Committee of Convocation was held during its first Annual General Meeting on 7 November 2007. Voted by 2,159 members (115 in person and 2,044 by proxy), the election saw the following members elected to chair positions on the Standing Committee, with a two-year term from 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2009: Mr Patrick Lee Chung-wah (Chairman) and four Vice Chairmen, Mrs Stella Li Wai-king, Mr Will Ma Wai-kit, Mr Joseph Tsoi Wing-leung and Dr Bryan Wong Siu-fai.

FSE Achievement Award
The Alumni Achievement Award 2008 of the Faculty of Science and Engineering will be open for nominations from 1 December. Members of CityU are encouraged to recommend alumni who have achieved outstanding professional success and made a noted contribution to CityU and society. By establishing the award, the Faculty would like to publicly recognise the achievements of the Faculty's alumni and strengthen the relationship between the Faculty and alumni. Details of the award are available at www.cityu.edu.hk/fse/alumni/.


Marine Research workshop
The Centre for Marine Environmental Research and Innovative Technology (MERIT), led by CityU, has developed a variety of novel technologies for pollution monitoring, pollution control and risk assessment, which are ready for practical use in Hong Kong and the region. The centre held a two-day workshop for government officials and green group representatives from 19-20 November to introduce these technologies. On the second day of the workshop, researchers were to share some of MERIT's findings relevant to environmental and resources management in Hong Kong, including the recovery of Victoria Harbour in the wake of the commencement of operations of the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS).


Globalisation conference
More than a dozen distinguished scholars from Europe, US and Asia converged on CityU to analyse the impact of globalisation on humanity. Humanity is one of the many aspects of wider society affected by globalisation and forms the basis of the international conference organised by the University's Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics. The conference, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, is examining ways of promoting cross-cultural exchanges. The conference is held from 18íV21 November. Guests officiating at the opening ceremony are Professor Martin Painter, Acting Dean of CityU's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor Jonathan Webster, Head of the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics.


Three final year students, Yang Yang, Tam Sai-man and Lai Chun-lam, with the supervision by Dr Raymond Lau Yiu-keung, Teaching Fellow in the Department of Information Systems, received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE 2007 International Conference on e-Business Engineering (Student Session). The paper, titled "Intelligent Multi-Party Multi-Issue Bargaining System for e-Business", is an exploitation of Web technologies, game theory and intelligent agent techniques applied to the design and development of an automated integrative negotiation mechanism to handle online electronic commerce.


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