normative degree structure
Chaired by President Professor H K Chang,
the Steering Committee on Planning for the Four-year Normative Degree
Structure held its first meeting on 29 March to discuss directions and
issues in order to guide the University's transition to the new degree
sturcture. At the meeting, the Committee endorsed an initial report to
the University Grants Committee (UGC) outlining the University's student
profile, curricula, pedagogical and other items relating to the four-year
structure on 1 April. After receiving feedback from the UGC in May, the
University will submit a fuller report in October. In the meantime, the
Committee will invite relevant committees to consider the policies and
activities relating to the new degree structure, including admissions
requirements, curriculum design, student experience, capital projects,
budget provision and staffing requirements.
The move towards the four-year
undergraduate degree structure is one of the three major new tasks of
the University in the medium term. The other two major tasks are internationalisation
and expansion activities on the mainland.
of outside practice regulations
On 24 March, the Management Board approved revisions to the regulations
governing outside practice, effective from 1 July 2005. The major revisions
are as follows:
- The scope of teaching and
related activities is extended to include education administration and
- Outside practice will no
longer be undertaken on a departmental basis. Staff will be assigned
to undertake the departmental activities/projects as duty and no additional
pay will be given. Gross income will be split in the ratio of 70:30
(or 80:20 for those conducted outside Hong Kong) between the Faculty
and the University.
- The rate of University
charge for undertaking professional services on an individual basis
will be set at 16.5% of the gross income.
- The time involvement in
outside practice will not be more than one working day (eight hours)
per week for all grades of staff.
- Staff must apply for leave
if outside practice is undertaken during official duty hours. Academic
staff (including teaching-related and visiting staff) need to apply
for leave if they undertake outside practice off-campus for a full day
on an official University working day.
- Income-earning activities
undertaken during a sabbatical outside Hong Kong will not be classified
as outside practice, and the income derived will not be subject to income-sharing.
- The regulations will only
apply to visiting staff whose duration of employment is one year or
The University homepage has been revamped through the concerted effort
of various offices. The new Homepage, to be launched the first week of
April, will boast enhanced functionalities and better-structured substance.
The six static photographs
displayed at the top of the front page have been replaced by news-worthy
photos, each related to a story on the latest developments of the University.
Click on "About CityU" and users will read about the University's
achievements in summary. The new "Admission" webpage will provide
potential students with user-friendly access to information on CityU's
diverse educational offerings.
Other new functions include
an enhanced "Campus Map", "Events" search capabilities
and a trial of the e-portal2 enabling students, staff and alumni to access
secure information and personal data.
The University participated in the China International
Education Exhibition Tour (CIEET) in Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao and Shenzhen,
from 25 February to 13 March, showcasing the undergraduate and postgraduate
programmes to prospective applicants on the mainland. More publicity plans
for mainland student recruitment will be launched from April to June in
selected cities of the 17 cities and provinces under the Unified National
College Entrance Examination System.
Professor Y S Wong, Vice-President (Administration),
was appointed to the University Grants Committee for a period of three
years with effect from 1 April 2005.
Ms Suraiya Kamaruzzaman, Research Fellow of the Southeast
Asia Research Centre, was invited by the United Nations to participate
in the panel discussion "From Vulnerability to Empowerment: Women
at the Heart of Tsunami Recovery" held in New York, from 28 February
to 11 March.
Five undergraduate students,
Sham Man-yi, Chan Wai-chu, Chow
Wai-yin, Wong Ching-yuen and Yu Wai-hang,
from the Department of Public and Social Administration, clinched the
first prize of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
Student Day 2005 in March.
CityU won the Men's Overall
Champion and Women's Overall Second Runner-up titles in this year's Hong
Kong Post-Secondary Colleges Athletic Association (HKPSCAA) competitions.
Chung Kwok-leung, student of the Division of Language
Studies, was elected Sportsman of the Year by the HKPSCAA.
Eighteen law schools from Asia,
Europe and America will take part in the second annual Willem C Vis (East)
International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, hosted by the School
of Law, 4íV10 April.
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