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No. 166 17 August 2010
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Rising in the rankings
CityU placed 43rd—second among Hong Kong's universities—in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The University was ranked 51st–77th place in the last three years. In ARWU subject fields, CityU placed 45th and 51st–76th in computer science and mathematics, respectively.

Additionally, the College of Business has been placed 58th among 100 world-ranked and 2nd among Hong Kong tertiary institutions in management research, according to a database at the University of Texas at Dallas that tracks publications in 24 leading business journals. The CityU ranking is based on the quantity and quality of research published in 2009–10 in the top five management journals—Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal. In addition, the College has secured 26 projects and is ranked 2nd in Business Studies for General Research Fund projects of the Research Grants Council for 2010–11.


University Distinguished Lectures
The Office of the Vice-President (Research and Technology) will host a series of University Distinguished Lectures later this year.  Professor Jean Salençon, President of the French Academy of Sciences and Professor Emeritus at the École Polytechnique, will give a talk on "Sustainable and Realistic Commitments for the Supply of Energy" at 4:30pm on 8 September (Wednesday) at the Peter Ho Lecture Theatre (LT 10). Professor Gabor A. Somorjai of the Department of Chemistry and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, will give a talk on "Surfaces—Favorite Media of Evolution and Modern Technologies" at the same venue at 5:00pm on 14 September (Tuesday). The details of the lectures slated for November will be announced at a later date.


Art exhibition
The Chinese Civilisation Centre is hosting an exhibition titled "Variations in Landscape: Recent Works of Y.J. CHO" at CityU Gallery from 17 August to 15 September. Officiating guests at the opening ceremony on 16 August included Professor Y.J. Cho; Mr Tang Hoi-chiu, Chief Curator, Hong Kong Museum of Art; Professor Chung Ling, Dean and Chair Professor, Faculty of Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University; and Professor Cheng Pei-kai, Director, Chinese Civilisation Centre, CityU.


Japanese poetry workshops
The Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics (CTL) is co-organising several workshops on the work of Mr Tanikawa Shuntaro, Japan's most distinguished contemporary poet with over 70 volumes of poetry to his name. The sessions will take place on 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30 August and will be led by Dr Lin Shaoyang, Associate Professor of the same department. The workshops are part of International Poets in Hong Kong, a series of events organised by the Centre for East Asian Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and co-organised by CTL. Workshop participants will have the chance to meet Mr Tanikawa at a symposium on 27 September at CityU.


Dr Peter Tse Wai-tat, Associate Professor in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, has been elevated to the rank of Fellow by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr Tse is an expert in diagnostic technology, monitoring the health of machinery, pipelines and cables for supporting heavy structures. The ASME honour is recognition of his significant engineering achievements over the past 20 years.

Chair Professor Ron Hui Shu-yuen of the Department of Electronic Engineering has been awarded the IEEE Rudolf Chope Research & Development Award by the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society for his contributions to sustainable lighting technology and lighting research. The award was set up in 2008 to recognise distinguished research and development in quantum, industrial electronics and/or industrial electrical engineering. Prof Hui is the first recipient.

Wang Huai, a PhD candidate in the Department of Electronic Engineering, has been awarded the HKIE Outstanding Paper Award for Young Engineers/Researchers 2010 for his paper "A Uniform Nonlinear Control Method for DC-DC Converters with Fast Transient Response", which was supervised by Professor Henry Chung Shu-hung. Now in its fifth year, the award aims to provide a platform for young engineers and researchers who are both locally-based or from overseas to share their accomplishments in various engineering fields.

Tung Hoi-yan and Lam Ka-lun, two other PhD candidates in the Department of Electronic Engineering (EE), have been awarded the HKURC-HKIUS Utility Specialists Fund Scholarship for their research on "Utility Energy Management System". Their work was supervised by Dr Tsang Kim-fung and Dr Ko King-tim, Associate Professors in EE. 


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