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No. 112 20 May 2008


President takes office
Professor Way Kuo assumed the presidency of CityU on 14 May, an appointment he described as a great honour. As the new leader of CityU, he sent an email to all staff, students and alumni, inviting the University community to work with him to face future challenges and drive CityU to an even higher level. High on his agenda is the enhancement of quality in both teaching and research. The University has embarked on an ambitious programme of physical expansion to accommodate the expected surge in undergraduate enrolment under the new 334 academic structure slated for 2012. An increase in size, he believes, must be accompanied by an improvement in quality, with clear benchmarks for validation. Former Acting President Professor Richard Ho Yan-ki will serve as Special Advisor to the President until further notice.


Senior appointments
Starting from 18 July 2008, Professor Horace Ip Ho-shing, currently Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science, will assume the role of Acting Dean of the School of Creative Media until further notice. Professor Kenneth Chan Shun-yuen has been appointed as Head of Department of Economics and Finance from 1 September 2008 to 30 June 2011. He joined CityU as Professor in January 2006 and has been serving as Associate Dean of Faculty of Business since July 2007.

UN appointment
Professor (Chair) Rudolf Wu Shiu-sun, from the Department of Biology and Chemistry and Director of the Centre for Marine Environmental Research and Innovative Technology (MERIT), has been appointed a member of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP). GESAMP is a high level non-governmental advisory body sponsored by eight United Nations organisations, with a mandate to provide authoritative, independent and interdisciplinary advice to governments around the world on policies and issues relating to marine environmental protection.

Earthquake appeal
The earthquake that struck central China on 12 May took away the lives of tens of thousands of people, flattened houses and schools, cut off water, electricity and food supplies and paralysed transport systems in many counties and cities. To support the emergency relief operation, the University is encouraging donations via deposits to CityU's bank account at Hang Seng Bank (account number: 024-293-1-187708) by 26 May 2008. The funds will be used chiefly for rebuilding primary schools. Money collected will be passed to a reputable charity organisation.

In addition, the University has also set up the CityU Support Group for Sichuan Earthquake Victims to assist victims at large and any members of the CityU community who may have suffered misfortune as a result of the disaster.

City Cultural Salon
The Cultural and Sports Committee will organise the City Cultural Salon on 22 May. Professor Way Kuo, University President, will share his thoughts and research on reliability. The topic of his speech is "Reliability: as we see it today and in the past". Attendance is by invitation.

Invited lecture
Professor (Chair) Wang Guiguo, Dean of the School of Law, was invited to deliver a lecture at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law. Professor Wang's lecture "Redefining sovereignty in the globalised world" was recorded in two parts. They will be available, via internet, to everyone interested in the area of international law through the United Nations home page from October 2008.

City Literary Awards
The prize presentation ceremony for the third City Literary Awards writing competition, hosted by CityU, was held on 17 May, with students from the University claiming seven of the 16 prizes on offer in three categories, namely prose, poetry and short story.


Project exhibition
Outstanding student projects from the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) will be showcased from 26 May to 27 May. The students' innovation and enthusiasm in technological investigations is evident in the display of project posters and product demonstrations. The exhibition will be opened from 2pm to 6pm at the Multi-purpose Rooms. Eight best poster presentation awards will be presented to students of the constituent departments by Professor (Chair) Chan Chi-hou, Dean of FSE, at the closing ceremony on 27 May.

Calligraphy art
CityU Gallery will present an exhibition of contemporary calligraphy by Mr David Chan from 30 May to 27 June. The exhibition, From "A Hundred Tastes" to "Forgiveness", will be opened at 6pm on 30 May. Mr Tang Ho-chiu, Chief Curator of Hong Kong Museum of Art, Mrs Priscilla Lui Tsang Sun-Kai, Director of Against Child Abuse, and Mr James Ng Kam-ming, Chairman of CityU Gallery Management Committee and Executive Director of CityU Extension, will officiate at the opening ceremony.


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