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No. 113 3 June 2008


Quake relief
CityU faculty, staff, students and alumni generously raised HK$447,046.28 between 14 May and 26 May for victims of the Sichuan earthquake. All proceeds will be passed to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR to support the rebuilding of primary schools.


Computer loans
CityU is introducing the Long Term Loan Scheme, allowing all eligible students to borrow a notebook computer for a maximum period of two-and-a-half years. The new scheme will be introduced in Semester A 2008/09 on a pilot basis to cover UGC-funded full-time first year and second year undergraduates (and year one to year three students in four-year degree programme) and first year associate degree students in the preliminary phase. Consideration can be given to extending the scheme to other students. Both the hardware and the necessary software will be provided free-of-charge during the loan period.

Eminent economist gives lecture
The Run Run Shaw Library and the Department of Economics and Finance (EF) have invited Professor Cheng Hsiao from the University of Southern California to give a lecture on 5 June at the Library Lounge, under the theme "Measuring the benefits of political and economic integration of Hong Kong with the mainland". Professor Hsiao is a fellow of Academia Sinica and an Honorary Professor in EF. He publishes extensively in the area of econometrics.

Teachers Update Course
The Teachers Update Course 2008, which offers training to Hong Kong's secondary school teachers, will feature more than 30 sessions this year. The 14 June opening ceremony will be officiated by Dr Chan Ka-ki, Principal Assistant Secretary, Education Bureau, and Professor Way Kuo, CityU President. School principles and teachers will benefit from a range of sessions focusing on Chinese Language, Literature and Culture, English, Biology, Physics, Social Administration, Computer Studies, Engineering and others. All activities are free-of-charge.

Healthcare reform
The Governance in Asia Research Centre (GARC) and SynergyNet will jointly organise the "Public Forum on Hong Kong Healthcare Reform", the second of its public policy roundtable series. The 5 June forum aims to generate and give voice to more diverse policy views regarding healthcare in Hong Kong. GARC Director, Professor Julia Tao Lai Po-wah, and Professor Lui Tai-lok, Vice-Chairman, SynergyNet, will give a welcome speech. Guest speakers include the Honourable Dr York Chow Yat-ngok, Secretary for Food and Health, HKSAR; the Honourable Dr Leong Che-hung, Chairman, Elderly Commission; Dr Louis Shih, Chairman, SynergyNet; and Dr Ho Hung-kwong, President, Hong Kong Public Doctors' Association.

Mathematics conference
The Department of Mathematics and the Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences is holding the "International Conference on Applied Mathematics: Modelling, Analysis and Computation" from 1 June to 5 June. The conference will provide a forum for world-wide applied mathematicians to present their recent research results, to exchange research ideas and to discuss future trends. This conference consists of plenary lectures, 30-minute invited talks, 20-minute contributed talks and poster presentations. Professor (Chair) Roderick Wong Sue-cheun, Vice-President (Research) and Director of the Centre, will be one of the plenary speakers.

Technology showcase
CityU's industrial and logistics technologies were the focus of a study tour by business and industry leaders from the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce on 28 May. The 30-member group was hosted by CityU Professional Services. Visitors were shown CityU's state-of-the-art technology in wireless communications and optoelectronics, quality assurance, efficiency improvement and logistics during the tour of the RFID applications mini-library, Wireless Communications Research Centre, Optoelectronics Laboratory, Advanced Coatings Applied Research Laboratory and others.


Library conference
CityU co-organised a conference entitled "Emerging Paradigms for Academic Library E-Book Acquisition and Use: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities" on 3 June to exchange experiences and best practices in strategic collection development, acquisitions, promotions and use of E-Books. The conference was a closing event of the Electronic Resources Academic Library Link joint project, involving all eight UGC-funded libraries.


Law commentary
Professor (Chair) Wang Guiguo, Dean of the School of Law, was invited by the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce to be a commentator at its roundtable luncheon held on 21 May. The topic was "WTO Doha Round X The last mile?" and in attendance were CEOs and Consulate Generals.

Film awards
Sunny Chan Ming-yau, a Year 1 Associate of Art in Media Technology student with the School of Creative Media, received the Best Short Video prize in a competition organised by Asia Television Limited under the theme, "The Warmest Message to Mother".

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