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No. 24 20 September 2004


Presidential delegation to the mainland
Professor H K Chang, led a CityU delegation to Beijing, 5-8 September, and visited the Renmin University of China, the Beijing Film Academy and the Communication University of China. Professor Chang and Professor Ji Baocheng, President of the Renmin University of China, signed a 'memorandum of understanding' for further collaboration in economics, law, and social sciences. Under the agreement, both universities will arrange staff exchanges, organize international conferences, produce joint publications, and apply for national or regional support for research projects.

In another delegation, Professor Chang joined by eight CityU staff, visited southwest China, 12-18 September, to explore further collaboration opportunities. The delegation comprising: Professor C H Chan, Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering; Professor L K Chan, Dean, Faculty of Business; Professor Cheng P K , Director, Chinese Civilisation Centre; Professor Ian Holliday, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Professor Edmond Ko, Vice-President (Undergraduate Education) and Dean of Students; Dr Joseph Kwok, Director, Admissions Office; and Dr Zhu Guobin, Director of External Liaison and Cooperation Office, visited the Guangxi University, the Kunming University of Science and Technology, Yunnan University, Sichuan University, Southwest Jiao Tong University, the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, and the Sichuan Provincial Education Bureau.


Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings
CityU ranks 9 and 38 respectively among the top 10 universities in China and the top 100 research institutions in the Asia Pacific region according to a ranking exercise conducted by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Among the world's top 500 universities, CityU ranks 302, with leading national universities like the Fudan University, Zheijiang University and Nanjing University within the global top 400.


Promoting applied research on the mainland
CityU will showcase its research strength at the Shenzhen High-tech Fair 2004, 12-17 October, with a display of 30 research projects including those conducted in the Shenzhen and Zhuhai Applied R&D Centres. The projects cover a range of disciplines from biotechnology, industrial technologies, information technology, and power electronics, to wireless communications. The Technology Transfer Office and the Shenzhen Institute helped arrange participation in the exhibition.


Lecture theatres naming ceremony
To recognize the continuous support of a group of young industrialists, the University will name four Lecture Theatres after these distinguished leaders. A Naming Ceremony cum "A Dialogue with Successful Leaders", will take place on 6 October. Industrial leaders including Dr K B Chan, Chairman and Managing Director of Surface Mount Technology (Holdings) Ltd; Dr Lily Chiang, The Lily Chiang Charitable Foundation Ltd; Mr Measure Hung, Chairman and Managing Director of Mobicon Group Ltd; Mr Y K So, Chairman of AV Concept Holdings Ltd; Mr Johnny Yeung, Chairman of Fujikon Industrial Holdings Ltd; and Dr Dennis Sun Tai Lun; will share their mottos for success with CityU staff and students.


Tea reception for Turn One to Five donors
The Development and Alumni Relations Office will host a tea reception for "Turn One to Five" donors, on 21 September to express thanks for their contribution to the campaign's success.


External funding for research
Dr Henry Chung, Associate Professor of the Department of Electronic Engineering, has received a grant of HK$0.9 million from the Innovation and Technology Fund, to develop an energy-efficient system for the electronic industry.

Dr Dennis Wong, Associate Professor of the Department of Applied Social Studies, has received awards from the Competitive Earmarked Research Grant and the Quality Education Fund, totaling HK$0.98 million, to develop a "Whole-school Approach in Tackling School Bullying" project.


Online Putonghua learning software
With a grant of HK$100,000 from CityU's Teaching Development Fund, Ms Sze Mei, Lecturer in the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, develops an online Putonghua learning software, the first of its kind among Chinese-speaking communities to use visual images to facilitate learning. Ms Sze aims to upload the software onto the intranet for staff and students to learn Putonghua on the web. Demonstrations will take place on 24 September to solicit feedback.


New book released
A new book, Building Dilapidation and Rejuvenation in Hong Kong, edited by Professor Andrew Leung, Head, Department of Building and Construction, and jointly published by the CityU Press and the Building Surveying Division of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, will be released at a book launching ceremony on 23 September.


20th Anniversary updates
The "Proud of 20" Team had a 50-km overnight trial walk from Pak Tam Au to Tsuen Kam Au, 18-19 September, to benchmark the athletes' speed and as a rehearsal for the walkers and supporting teams. Around 100 students, alumni and staff have joined, and 20 finalists will be selected in October to form the core team for the walk in November. Professor Y S Wong, Vice-President (Administration), has agreed to be the Honorary Coach of the "Proud of 20" Team.

Conference X "The Conception and Organization of Knowledge in Pre-Modern Asian and European Courts", organized by the Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies, 8-10 October, in the Multi-media Conference Room.

Exhibition X The Run Run Shaw Library will stage a University Memorabilia Exhibition, October to December. The exhibition features ex-staff and current staff members' unique collections of historical and newsworthy photos, documents related to the University's development.


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