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No. 104 15 January 2008


UGC visit
Members of the University Grants Committee (UGC) paid a visit to CityU on 11 January. The visit was part of a series of university visits by the Committee aimed at fostering a better understanding between the Committee and Hong Kong universities and to enhance direct communication with institutions' staff and students. After a briefing on major new developments at CityU, its teaching, learning and research strategies, the UGC representatives visited the School of Creative Media, the Centre for Marine Environmental Research and Innovative Technology, and met with staff and students.


Groundbreaking ceremony
City University of Hong Kong (CityU) held the groundbreaking ceremony on 7 January for the Community College of City University (CCCU) Building, one of the new buildings on campus catering to the University's long-term development needs. Officiating guests at the ceremony were Mr Raymond Wong Hung-chiu, JP, Permanent Secretary for Education; Mr Chung Shui-ming, GBS, JP, Chairman of Council of CityU; Professor Richard Ho Yan-ki, Acting President, CityU; Mr Vincent Chow Wing-shing, BBS, JP, Chairman of Board of Management, CCCU; and Ms Jennifer Ng Glok-hong, CCCU Principal. Mr Wong addressed the ceremony and said CityU is one of the leading pioneers in sub-degree education in Hong Kong, with one in every three associate degree students in Hong Kong studying at CityU. The 40,000-square metre CCCU Building will reside on the slope behind the campus's Sports Complex, housing a state-of-the-art resources centre, design studios, computer and language laboratories, a student canteen, classrooms, lecture theatres and audio-video and multi-purpose rooms. It is scheduled for completion in April 2010.


Eradicating plastic bags
CityU is collaborating with Greeners Action, a non-profit organisation concerned with local environmental problems, to hold the "No Plastic Bag Tuesday" campaign. It will be held every Tuesday, from 15 January to 13 May 2008. Outlets such as the Student Canteen, City Chinese Restaurant, City Top, Garden Cafe, The Sandwich Club, Homey Kitchen in Student Residence, SU Cut Price Shop and the Book Shop will no longer provide plastic bags on these days. If customers want to use plastic bags, they are asked to pay 50 cents per bag. All donations will then go to Greeners Action to be put towards environmental education.

Spanish art exhibition
The CityU Gallery will, from 29 January to 5 March, exhibit a collection of contemporary mixed-media artworks created by the Spanish artist Mr Mario Pasqualotto. The artist will be in attendance at the opening ceremony on 29 January, to be officiated by Mr Juan Luis Flores Arroyuelo, Consul General of Spain in Hong Kong; Professor Richard Ho Yan-ki, Acting President; Mr James Ng Kam-ming, Executive Director of CityU Extension; and Professor Martin Painter, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Marine research forum
About 150 marine environmental scientists, academics and students from Hong Kong and the mainland attended a symposium on climate change and marine pollution at CityU from 9íV10 January. The symposium was a joint effort between the Centre for Marine Environmental Research and Innovative Technology led by CityU and the State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University. It provided a forum for scientific exchange and technical communication between scientists in Hong Kong and the mainland, providing useful information for formulating policies and devising cost-effective environmental solutions.

Hong Kong Law Fair
The School of Law will participate as one of the exhibitors in the upcoming Hong Kong Law Fair 2008. The exhibition will be held from noon to 4 pm on 26 January (Saturday) at Hall A1, Hong Kong Exhibition Centre. Other exhibitors include international and major Hong Kong law firms, the Hong Kong Bar Association and Department of Justice HKSAR Government.


Bright ideas earn acclaim
Seven teams of marketing students from CityU received Student Marketing Consultancy Project Awards on 10 January. They were among the 95 final year students from the Department of Marketing who conducted marketing research and delivered proposals for 10 brands from seven local and international corporations. The students completed their projects between September and December 2007.


Dr Yang Zhilin, Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing, received a Distinguished Track Paper award in the Supply Chain Management category at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute. The award-winning paper entitled "Relational Governance in Buyer-Supplier Relationships: Structures, Processes, and Performance Implications" was co-authored by Dr Shaohan Cai of Lakehead University and Dr Minjoon Jun of New Mexico State University.

Jonathan Hui Ka-chun, from the Department of Building and Construction and a 2006 Associate of Science in Architectural Studies graduate, won an honourable mention (undergraduate category) in the 2007 Sustainable Architecture Student Awards organised by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects. In addition, three 2007 graduates of the Associate of Science in Construction Engineering and Management, Tong Ka-lun, Lui Ho-lung and Leung Shuk-yin, were merit winners in the Occupational Safety and Health Council Best Project Award for their project "the 4D-storey Tower Block".


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