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No. 26 18 October 2004


CMC project development and exhibition
The first two stages of the Creative Media Centre (CMC) project¡Xpreliminary planning and scheme design¡Xhave been completed. The project will be submitted to the Town Planning Board for approval. The University will hold a briefing to the members of the Sham Shui Po District Council on 26 October.

Staff and students who want to learn more about the CMC project development can visit the exhibition at the University Concourse from now until 25 October.


Distinguished Lecture by Prof Xu Jialu
Vice-Chairman of the 10th Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and Director of the College of Chinese Language and Culture of Beijing Normal University Professor Xu Jialu, kicks off the 20th anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series with a talk on Zen on 18 October. In addition to delivering a distinguished lecture, Professor Xu meets with CityU President, Professor H K Chang, and the senior management, and tours the Chinese Civilisation Centre and the School of Creative Media.


Visitors from Beijing
An eight-member group led by Professor Han Qide, Vice-Chairman of National People's Congress Standing Committee and Vice-President of Peking University, will visit CityU on 19 October. Professor H K Chang, CityU President, joined by Vice-Presidents and Faculty Deans, will meet with the delegation and introduce them to the School of Creative Media and the Centre of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films.


Task Forces to boost image and admissions
At the Dean's Conference on 15 October, the University has decided to set up two Task Forces to boost CityU's image and JUPAS admissions. Professor Edmond Ko, Vice-President (Undergraduate Education) and Dean of Students, will head a Task Force established to integrate learning and working experiences of students. Another Task Force, to be chaired by Professor Ian Holliday, Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is set up to optimize the JUPAS admissions and advise on the University's recruitment process.


Partners in southwest China
CityU fostered academic collaborations with six mainland universities during a president-led visit to southwest China, 12-18 September. In addition to renewing an academic exchange agreement with Kunming University of Science and Technology, the University signed academic and/or student exchange agreements with Guangxi University, Sichuan University, Southwest Jiaotong University, Yunnan University, and a Faculty of Science and Enigneering-based academic exchange agreement with the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.


Integrated e-learning platform
To facilitate students to manage their own learning and relieve course administration pressure on teachers, the University will adopt a single e-learning platform¡Xthe Blackboard Academic Suite. The suite consists of a learning management system (LMS), a portal system and a content management system (CMS).

The new e-learning platform represents full integration of learning resources and systems to support student learning. Chief Information Officer Dr Jerry Yu will discuss the issues of e-learning and the information services strategic plan 2005-2010 in an open forum at 4 pm, 20 October, in P4701.

Good People Management Award 2004
CityU has been shortlisted for the final selection in the category for establishments with more than 501 employees for the Good People Management Award 2004 organized by the Labour Department. On behalf of the University, the Human Resources Office will make a presentation to the panel of judges on 26 October. Results will be announced in mid-December.


Applied Research Exhibition and Concurrent Seminar
CityU will showcase the research outputs and commercialized results of over 50 applied research projects in the Applied Research Exhibition and Concurrent Seminar from 5-13 November, Blue Zone, 4/F, Academic Building. The event, organized around the theme "Knowledge Creates, Technology Applies" is one of the 20th anniversary celebration activities to promote CityU's achievements in applied research and developments. In conjunction with the exhibition, Professor Patrick Grant, Cookson Professor of Materials at the University of Oxford, will deliver a keynote speech on "Commercialization of University Research" on 5 November.


Ma Wan-yin and Yuk Kai-leung, graduates of the Associate of Arts in Applied Japanese Studies of the Division of Language Studies (LS), received one-year scholarships from the Education Ministry of the Japanese Government. The two graduates will study Japanese language and culture in Japan from October 2004 to August 2005. This is the fourth year in a row that LS graduates have received the award.


20th Anniversary updates
CityU will produce a commemorative stamp pane to recap the milestone developments of the University in the last 20 years. The new souvenir item will be available in early December.

"Hong Kong Governance 1984-2004: Continuity and Change", 1 November, Multi-media Conference Room. Enquiries: 2788 9290.


Students attended UBC test
About 60 CityU students received the chance to broaden their exposure and test their English proficiency by attending the admission test, Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP),organized by the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, on 16 October. The students volunteered to sit for the test in response to UBC's invitation to assist them with the development of a new computer-based English Language test.


CityU Banquet
The annual CityU Banquet, organized by the Students' Union, will take place on 29 October. The event will also mark the take-off ceremony of the "Proud of 20" Team which will complete a 100 km-walk on the MacLehose Trail from 5-7 November.


"Ming-Qing Paintings and Calligraphy from the Shenzhen Museum", organized by the Chinese Civilisation Centre, 10am-7pm daily, 22 October-15 December, CityU Gallery.Enquiries: 2194 2477


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