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No. 101 4 December 2007


Naming ceremony
Lecture Theatre 10 was named after Mr Peter Ho Ka-nam, Managing Director of Techworld Industries Limited and an alumnus of CityU, at a ceremony on 28 November in appreciation of his contribution to the University. Mr Ho is a recent graduate of CityU's MSc Engineering Management and is currently studying for an Engineering Doctorate (Engineering Management). Mr Ho has collaborated with CityU to develop in-house training programmes and weekly lecture series for his staff in Hong Kong and Dongguan. Mr Ho has made several generous donations to the University in support of the Industrial Attachment Scheme, student scholarships and the development of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.


Giving thanks
A Thanksgiving Dinner was held on 20 November for donors and supporters in appreciation of their contributions to the University. More than 100 guests, including donors, friends of the University, Council members, staff and alumni, attended the annual event organised by the Community Relations Committee of the University Council.


Ms Cecilia Kwok Sau-fong has taken up the post of Director (Career and Internship Office) to lead the newly established Career and Internship Office and provide career and internship services to students and other related parties.

Language matters
The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies (HCLS) of CityU is holding an international conference on "Becoming a World Language: the Growth of Chinese, English and Spanish" from 5 to 7 December. The conference explores the significance of a language transforming into a global language. Linguistics experts from all over the world will assemble to address some of the little-known effects of this phenomenon on the world's speakers, speech communities and language systems. It will assess the growth of Chinese and Spanish as world languages and the globalisation that has led to the expansion of English. Professor M.A.K. Halliday, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney and adviser to HCLS of CityU, will give a plenary address on the topic "Some Social-semiotic Reflections on Language Growth". Speaking at the opening ceremony will be CityU's Professor (Chair) David Tong Shuk-yin, Deputy President, Professor (Chair) Martin Painter, Acting Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor Jonathan Webster, Head of Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics.

Anniversary conference
CityU will host from 7 to 11 December the Fourth Pacific Rim Conference on Mathematics. The conference takes on special significance this year, as it forms part of the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of CityU's Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences. A high profile mathematics event, the conference objectives are to present the latest trends in mathematical research to a wider audience and develop stronger ties between mathematicians in the Pacific Rim region. It will comprise eight focus sessions, with each including a plenary speaker and several invited speakers. Professor (Chair) Roderick Wong Sue-cheun, Vice President (Research) and Director of the Centre, and Professor (Chair) Philippe G Ciarlet of the Department of Mathematics will be co-chairing the conference.

Conference on challenges in Asia
The Department of Asian and International Studies and Southeast Asia Research Centre will co-host the Hong Kong Sociological Association 9th Annual Conference on 8 December. Under the theme of "Sociology and Reflexivity: Challenges in Asia", the conference will invite scholars and researchers from around the world to discuss critical issues facing Asia. There will be 14 panel discussions addressing issues ranging from Chinese migration, gender systems, women's empowerment in Muslim contexts, etc. CityU academics will chair and present speeches during some of the panels.


Creativity rewarded
The creative marketing proposals and TV commercials designed by students at CityU have earned them six awards in the tertiary education group of the first Young Marketing Communicators Award. Organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Marketing, the Young Marketing Communicators Award is an integrated marketing communications plan competition open for all young people aged 17 to 25 in Hong Kong. The teachers who gave advice to the award-winning students were Mr Alex Tham Koy-siong and Dr Vincent Fok Shun-cheong, teaching fellows; Mr Regan Lam, an instructor; and Ms Daisy Lee Suet-mui, a lecturer in the Department of Marketing.


The independent film b420, directed, scripted and edited by Mr Matthew Tang Hon-keung, a 2004 master degree graduate of the School of Creative Media, has won the Best Film Award at the 4th Vienna Youth International Film Festival. The Vienna Youth International Film Festival, organised once every two years, aims to encourage more films based on the theme of youth. Entries were submitted from 12 countries and regions this year.

Dr Xue Quan, Associate Professor of the Department of Electronic Engineering, and his PhD student, Chen Jianxin, received the best paper award at the Microwave and Millimetre-wave Symposium of China, held in Ningbo. In the best paper Out-of-phase power divider based on double-sided parallel strip line, they presented their novel solution in the development of an out-of-phase power divider. Power dividers are widely used in various communication systems, for example in mobile phone signal transmission base stations.


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