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No. 126 16 December 2008


Law School review
Five distinguished experts visited the School of Law (SLW) on 4V5 December to provide advice on the strategic direction of the School. The feedback is aimed at enhancing the quality of SLW's academic programmes and focusing its research agenda, with a view to achieving global leadership and local pre-eminence.

During the two-day visit, the experts reviewed the strengths of the School and areas for improvement, the international competitiveness of its education and research programmes, and examined areas for potential new programmes. The review panel has submitted a written report to CityU, providing recommendations on SLW's strategic direction over the future years.


GE workshop
A workshop on the interdisciplinarity of GE was held on 3 December 2008, with a panel of visiting Fulbright Scholars from the US presenting examples of interdisciplinary courses, with the aim of developing an effective GE framework for the forthcoming four-year curriculum. It is held in order to improve the ability of teaching and non-teaching staff to manage the transition from the three-year degree to four-year degree curriculum structure.


Conference and carvings
The opening ceremony for the 13th International Conference on Cantonese & Yue Dialects, incorporating the Exhibition on Pre-historic Rock Carvings in Hong Kong and the Region, will be held on 18 December. Mr Tsang Tak-sing, Secretary for Home Affairs; Professor Jonathan Webster, Head of Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, and Professor Benjamin T'sou Ka-yin, Director of Language Information Sciences Research Centre, will be the officiating guests at the ceremony. More than 80 scholars and experts from around the world will attend the three-day conference. Professor Thomas Lee Hun-tak, Department of Linguistics & Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Professor Mai Yun, The Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Professor Bell Yung, Department of Music, University of Pittsburgh, will be the keynote speakers. The exhibition will run until 31 January.


Urban issues
The international conference, Social Capital and Volunteering in Modern Ageing Cities: Building Intergenerational Inclusion, is being held at CityU from 15V19 December. Co-organised by the Department of Applied Social Studies; Central Policy Unit, Government of Hong Kong SAR; University of Macau and University of Salford, UK, the conference addresses three issues confronting modern cities, their inhabitants, service providers and policy makers: social capital, voluntary work and ageing.


New appointment
Ms Tan Shih-ying has been appointed Director of the Communications Office. Ms Tan has extensive experience in the field of communications, having studied journalism in Taiwan and mass communications in the US.

She was previously Director of Corporate Communications Asia Pacific for a major multinational corporation responsible for branding, marketing communications, corporate campaign, public relations, and communication strategies in the region.


Flawless argument
The CityU Chinese Debating Team was crowned champion in the "Famplus2 Cup E Inter-U Debate Competition 2008" on 30 November. The team comprised Jimmy Fong Ki-fai, Year 2 student from the Department of Public and Social Administration; Carey Tse Yuen-ting, Year 1 student from the same department; Karen Cheng Yu-kiu, Year 2 student from the Department of Marketing; Johnathan Chui King-wah, Year 2 student from the Department of Information Systems. CityU stood for the negative side of the statement, "The Government should censor the pornographic materials on the Internet," and defeated The Chinese University of Hong Kong to take the champion's crown.


Rowing titles
CityU's Rowing Club was crowned men's coxed eight and women's coxless four champions at the Hong Kong, China Rowing Association's Rowing Ladder 2008 regatta. The competition winner is decided according to points accrued in selected events and regattas.


Alumni award
Department of Computer Science graduate Jonathan Chan Pok-chi has won the 2008 College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Alumni Achievement Award. CSE established the award to give public recognition to CSE alumni as well as to strengthen the relationship between the College and its alumni.

Student scholarships
Eight CityU students received scholarships from the Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Programme (Undergraduates) 2008 in recognition of their outstanding academic performance. Chan Lai-ying, Sarah B Cox, Hillary Allison Fung, Leung Wai-ho, Samantha Ng Kwun-yin, Pang Hiu-man, Pang Kit-lai and Yeung Tsz-kit received AUD5,000 each to study at Australian higher institutions for a semester.

Dissertation awards
Three Department of Public and Social Administration MA graduates in the Housing Studies programme have received the Best Dissertation Award from the Chartered Institute of Housing (Asia Pacific Branch). The topic of their project was "A Study of Gated Communities and Neighbourliness". The recipients were Ken Chu Ka-po, Eric Lee Tin-hung and Tim Siu Kit-pun. Ho Man-kit (BA (Hons) Housing Studies programme) and Wong Ka-biu (MA Housing Studies programme) received the Best Student Awards jointly presented by the Chartered Institute of Housing (Asia Pacific Branch) and the Hong Kong Institute of Housing.


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