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No. 106 19 February 2008


Teaching grants
The University has supported 54 Teaching Development Grant projects since the first call for proposals in 2005. After the several rounds of submissions, a balance of some $3m is still available. New proposals that will enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the coming semesters are now invited. The key criterion for the allocation of funds is that projects should produce demonstrable and direct teaching and learning benefits that are aligned with the Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning principles of the University. The TDG is giving priority to support new full-time teaching staff in enhancing the pedagogical design and curriculum development of their courses. Details can be found at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/edo/


Research accreditation
The Wireless Communications Research Centre (RCW) has been accredited under the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme operated by the Hong Kong Accreditation Service, under the auspices of the Innovation and Technology Commission, to provide antenna calibration services. RCW is the first and only laboratory accredited in Hong Kong to provide this kind of service. Professor (Chair) Edward Yung Kai-ning, Director of the RCW, received the certificate at the presentation ceremony on 19 February.


Smart Ambience Therapy
"Smart Ambience Therapy (SAT)" developed by the AIMtech Centre will become an exhibit at the Hong Kong Science Museum. Officiating guests at the exhibit's opening ceremony on 22 February will include Dr Louis Ng Chi-wa, Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums), Leisure and Cultural Services Department; Mr Michael Wong Hing-lan, Chief Curator, Hong Kong Science Museum; Professor Richard Ho Yan-ki, CityU's Acting President; and Professor Horace Ip Ho-shing, Chair Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Director of the AIMtech Centre. SAT is a pioneering application of interactive media and virtual reality technology in art therapy, particularly useful for psychotherapy of children who have been physically or emotionally abused.

Putonghua Salon
The Department of Chinese and Translation and Linguistics (CTL) has launched the Putonghua Salon to provide external classes for students to enhance their Putonghua ability. Officiating guests of the launching ceremony were Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing, Acting Vice-President (Undergraduate Education); Professor Lilian Vrijmoed Kwan Lee-ping, Dean of Student Learning; Professor Martin Painter, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Professor Jonathan Webster, Head of CTL. The salon, with different themes for discussion, will be held on every Monday and Tuesday at 13:30íV15:30, from 18 February to 22 April. All students, including both native and non-native Chinese speakers, are welcome.

Tackling poverty
As part of the Public Policy Roundtable Series, a conference is to be held on 23 February, entitled "Tackling Poverty in Hong Kong: What's Next?". Mr Cheung Kin-chung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the HKSAR Government, will discuss with participants the Government's approach to poverty. The event is jointly organised by the Governance in Asia Research Centre and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of CityU and SynergyNet.

Distinguished Lecture Series
The Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences will invite Professor Richard Beals of Yale University to deliver a lecture entitled "Waves, the Wave Equation and Inverse Problems" on 20 February. The lecture is part of the William Benter Distinguished Lecture Series in Pure and Applied Mathematics organised by the Centre.

Prestigious scholarship
Joe Wu Weijiu, a Year 3 electronic engineering student, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in the United States. He is among just 10 students worldwide, and the only one from Hong Kong, to receive the honour this year. He won the Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate scholarship for his project entitled "2.45GHz Power Amplifier using Doherty Architecture for High Efficiency and Linearity".

Moving images
Heidi Li Yin-fung, a Year 2 student in the School of Creative Media, was crowned champion in the youth DV category of the International Youth Video and Photography Contest, for her production entitled Can I Sit Beside You.


Sports tournaments
The Human Resources Office and Student Development Services are organising badminton and table tennis tournaments. Apart from the obvious advantages to mental and physical health, it is also a good opportunity for staff, students and alumni to get together in a fun environment. The deadline for entry is 3 March. The tournaments will take place from 29 March to 12 April.


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