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No. 102 18 December 2007


Matching grants
The University Grants Committee (UGC) has announced the launch of the Fourth Matching Grant Scheme, which will be open for application with effect from 1 January 2008 to 28 February 2009. There will be a provision of HK$1 billion matching grants for private donations secured by the eight UGC-funded institutions and two self-financing local universities. In general, the same basic principles of the Third Matching Grant Scheme will be adopted for the fourth round. An amount of HK$45 million for matching will be set aside as the 'floor amount', i.e. a guaranteed minimum, for each institution up to 31 December 2008. An upper limit of HK$250 million (i.e. the ceiling) that an institution can claim on a first-come-first-served basis will also apply. Details of the Scheme will be dispatched to Deans and Department Heads and posted on the CityU website.

Court in session
The Court, the supreme advisory body of City University of Hong Kong (CityU), was formed and held its first meeting on 7 December. The Court is one of the three statutory bodies established under the CityU Ordinance, together with the Council and the Senate, responsible for providing general support and advice on the work and operations of the University. Members of the Court include the Principal Officials of the University; the Deputy President, the Vice-Presidents, the Deans and their equivalent; Members of the Council; Members of the Senate; and not more than 20 members appointed by the Chancellor on the recommendation of the Council.

BC receives donation of quantity surveying software
The Department of Building and Construction has received a $1.7m donation of quantity surveying software from Davis Langdon & Seah Hong Kong Limited (DLS). The software will be used to help equip students to use computer software in their quantity surveying work. In appreciation of the generous donation, a ceremony will be held on 19 December, attended by the Chairman of DLS Mr Joseph Lee Ying-kee, Managing Director of DLS Mr Kenneth Poon Kan-young, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Professor (Chair) Chan Chi-hou and Head of the Department of Building and Construction Professor (Chair) Sritawat Kitipornchai.

Public lecture
The School of Law is going to organise a public lecture on "Globalisation and Legal Education" on 22 December 2007. The speaker, Professor Michael Reisman, is one of the International Advisory Board (IAB) members and a distinguished professor at Yale Law School. Professor Wang Guiguo, Dean & Professor (Chair) of Chinese and Comparative Law will give remarks. Attending guests include Mr Lester Huang, President of the Law Society of Hong Kong, Mr Rimsky Yuen, Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association, Mr Philip Dykes, Barrister-at-law and one of the IAB members, and Mr Gilbert Mo, Acting Law Draftsman, Department of Justice of the HKSAR Government.

Literary awards
CityU is hosting the third City Literary Awards, a writing competition that is now open for entries. Through the competition, CityU is encouraging youngsters to participate in creative writing and promoting the literary culture of Hong Kong and Macau. The theme of the competition is "City Movement" and there are three categories: prose, short story and poetry. All local and Macau residents aged between 15 and 24 are welcome to take part. The winners will be selected by prominent writers, including Ms Zhang Yihe and Mr Lu Hao (prose); Mr Wang Meng, Professor Pai Hsien-yung and Mr Chang Ta-chuan (short stories); Mr Leung Ping-kwan (Ya Shi), Mr Bei Dao and Professor Cheng Chou-yu (poetry).


Robotics contest
Entries are being accepted for the regional stage of the Hong Kong Underwater Robot Challenge 2008, organised by CityU and WWF. The contest will see teams of secondary and university students design, build and operate their underwater robots. Winners will earn the chance to travel to the 2008 International Finals held at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography¡VUniversity of California, San Diego, California, US, in June 2008, subject to satisfactory sponsorship arrangements. The competition theme focuses on hydrothermal events found at mid-ocean ridges and the technologies used to study these deep-sea environments.

Challenge Cup
CityU students grabbed six awards at the 10th Challenge Cup national competition held at Nankai University, Tianjin, in November. The competition attracted student teams from the mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Singapore, promoting academic and science/technological research and study. Student teams from CityU's Electronic Engineering, Computer Science and Economics and Finance departments were first-runner ups, while those from Information Systems, Marketing and Physics and Materials Science departments collected the second-runner up prizes. Held every two years, the competition is organised by the Ministry of Education, Communist Youth League of China, China Association for Science and Technology and All-China Students' Federation.

David Chung, an EngD (EM) student supervised by Dr Richard Fung Ying-kit of MEEM, won the World Summit Award (WSA) Contest (2007) in the e-Business Category. This award is the only one representing Hong Kong in the past three WSA. This year, the WSA Grand Jury evaluated over 650 entries which were nominated from 168 countries to the Global WSA. The Jury selected the five most outstanding products as winners in each of the eight WSA categories: e-Government, e-Learning, e-Health, e-Inclusive, e-Business, e-Culture, e-Entertainment and e-Science.


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