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No. 123 4 November 2008


Installation and congregation
The Installation of President cum Honorary Awards Ceremony will be held on 11 November (Tuesday) at the Chan Tai Ho Multi-purpose Hall. The Chancellor, The Hon Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, will preside at the ceremony to formally install Professor Way Kuo as the President of the University. He will also confer Honorary Degrees on The Hon Mr Justice Patrick Chan, Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal, Dr Chow Yei-ching, GBS, Chairman and Managing Director of the Chevalier Group of Companies, and Mr Sze Chi-ching, JP, Chairman of Hang Tung Resources Holding, in recognition of their significant contribution to education and the well-being of society.

The 2008 Congregation will be held from 12-21 November and more than 9,000 awards, ranging from PhDs to associate degrees, will be conferred on CityU students.

CityU banquet
The annual CityU Banquet organised by the Students' Union of CityU was held on 31 October. It was a sell-out event, with 188 tables and more than 2,000 present, including Council members, staff, alumni and students. Among the guests were Dr Norman Leung Nai-pang, University Pro-Chancellor; Mr Leung Chun-ying, Council Chairman and Professor Way Kuo, the President.

Consultancy contract
CityU has been awarded an $8.7 million government consultancy project that will develop a new set of water quality standards, enabling Hong Kong to more effectively protect our marine environment and its resources. Led by Professor (Chair) Rudolf Wu Shiu-sun, from the Department of Biology and Chemistry, the consultancy project will form part of the blueprint on the future management and control of water quality in Hong Kong. Team members include Dr Doris Au Wai-ting, Dr Richard Kong Yuen-chong and Dr Paul Shin Kam-shing, Associate Professors from the same Department.


Judge training
The School of Law officially signed an agreement with Columbia University School of Law (CLS) of the US on 29 October to develop a training programme geared towards providing advanced legal education and improving the international exposure of Chinese judges. Under the agreement, CityU and CLS will hold a one-month training programme for 30 Chinese judges recommended by the National Judges College and selected by CityU School of Law.

Litigation and arbitration
The Department of English is organising an International Symposium on "Witness examination in litigation and arbitration" on 6 November. The symposium brings together some of the best known local and international experts from Legal and Arbitration practices as well as from Forensic Linguistics and Discourse Analysis.

CTL conference
The Fourth International Conference on Literature and Information Technology organised by the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics (CTL) will be held from 11-13 November at CityU. Scholars in literature, linguistics and information technology will be invited to explore new opportunities, conditions and new research directions and methods utilising the extensive application of computers. Professor Martin Painter, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor Jonathan Webster, Head of CTL will attend the opening ceremony.


Web award
CityU was presented a Web Care Award by the Internet Professionals Association in recognition of their meeting the primary "no barrier websites" requirements. The web care silver award was accorded to the CityU Homepage and the University's centrally maintained web pages in recognition of the University's commitment to web accessibility and support of the Web Care Campaign.

Movie premiere
High Noon, the first movie directed by Creative Media graduate Heiward Mak Hei-yan, will premiere on 6 November. A special screening for CityU staff and students will be held on the same day at UA Langham Place cinema in Mongkok. Heiward will join the seminar right after the screening.


The CityU 2007 Annual Report has been honoured with a Citation for Design at the 2008 HKMA Best Annual Reports Awards for the outstanding presentation of its publication.

Dr Bertha Du-Babcock, Associate Professor in the Department of English, has won the 2008 Association for Business Communication's Kitty O Locker Outstanding Researcher Award. This award is given to the individual from the discipline of business communication who has demonstrated consistent, significant contributions to business communication research and whose work has furthered thought in the interdisciplinary field of business communication.


Sports achievements
CityU Sports Teams enjoyed success in the inter-collegiate sports competitions on 25-26 October. Both the men's and women's swimming teams were third overall in the Annual Aquatic Meet organised by the University Sports Federation of Hong Kong, China. The men's and women's volleyball teams were second and the women's table tennis team and men's soccer team were crowned champions in the Jackie Chan Challenge Cup organised by Lingnan University. CityU also won the men's division in the annual Inter-University Cross Country Championships. The women's team was runner-up.


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