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No. 134 21 Apr 2009
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New school appointment  
The establishment of the School of Energy and Environment was recently endorsed by the Senate for the approval of the Council in June 2009. Chair Professor Johnny Chan Chung-leung in the Department of Physics and Materials Science has been appointed Director of the Planning Office of the School of Energy and Environment, with immediate effect until the formal establishment of the School. Professor Chan will lead and give support to the planning and development of the new School, which aspires to provide leading-edge research and professional education in the areas of energy and environment to meet the needs of Greater China and the Asia Pacific region.


Teaching excellence
The 2008-2009 Teaching Excellence Awards have been won by Ms Penny Akers, an English Language Centre English Enhancement Course Tutor, Dr Annis Fung Lai-chu, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, and Dr Leung Mei-yung, Assistant Professor, Department of Building and Construction. The Awards will be formally presented to the candidates at the Congregation in November and their names will be added to the permanently displayed register to recognise their teaching excellence.


Literary Awards 
The Fourth City Literary Festival organised by CityU will be held from 24 to 27 April in Hong Kong and Macau. Prominent writers including Mr Chang Ta-chuan, Prof Cheng Chou-yu, Ms Zhang Yihe and Ms Mao Jian will speak at seminars and workshops on prose, short stories, poetry and criticism of literature and art scheduled for both cities to promote creative writing and help nurture young writers.


Grand slams 
The CityU sports team has once again outperformed other institutions and received the overall championship titles in both men and women divisions from the University Sports Federation of Hong Kong, China. The 2008-09 award ceremony was held on 19 April. This is the first time a tertiary institution has received both the overall menˇ¦s and womenˇ¦s titles in two consecutive years. This is also the fourth time CityU has won both overall titles in the same year.


Straw Competition 
More than 180 teams comprising secondary students from Hong Kong and Macau will compete for prizes in the 12th Hong Kong-Macau Inter-School Straw Competition to be held at CityU on 26 April. Participants will use straws to construct a launcher to propel a ball to pass through a target. The competition is organised by the Studentsˇ¦ Union Physics and Materials Science Society with support from the Department of Physics and Materials Science.


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