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No. 43 4 July 2005


New Mission Statement
Following University-wide consultations in May, the Council approved the new Mission Statement at its meeting on 20 June. The Council noted that the new Statement clearly articulates the University's role and mission in education and research, and outlines developments in accordance with the Role Statement given by the UGC.

The new Mission Statement:

The mission of City University of Hong Kong is to nurture and develop the talents of students and to create applicable knowledge in order to support social and economic advancement.

  1. The University offers professionally oriented programmes to provide students with quality higher education of international standing.

  2. The University strives to create a learning ambience with diverse cultural backgrounds and to enhance students' acquisition of useful knowledge, communicative skills and analytical abilities through innovative pedagogy and a holistic learning environment. It values the development of both an international outlook and a familiarity with the Chinese culture among students.

  3. The University anticipates and responds to the needs of industry, commerce and the community by engaging in applied research, and uses the results of such work to directly benefit Hong Kong and beyond. The University concentrates resources to achieve excellence in selected areas of research.

  4. The University considers research and teaching as inextricably linked. Research informs teaching, which includes the provision of research opportunities to our students so that they can contribute to the development of the community.

  5. The University enhances its strength through pursuing collaboration in teaching and research with other institutions of higher education.

  6. The University encourages staff and students to contribute to community service through strong partnerships with Government, business, industry, professional and other sectors of the community.


Success rate ranked 2nd
CityU's success rate in the 2005-06 Competitive Earmarked Research Grant (CERG) exercise, supported by the Research Grants Council, is ranked 2nd among the eight local higher education institutions. The University was ranked 3rd last year. Funding obtained totals HK$48.9 million, higher than last year's HK$46.5 million.

Three grants worth over HK$1 million went to the University: two to the Department of Biology and Chemistry (BCH), and the third to the Department of Electronic Engineering (EE).

The BCH projects, "Cardiovascular Toxicity of Carbaryl in Zebrafish Embryos" by Dr Cheng Shuk-han and "Study of Perfluorinated Compounds and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in the Pearl River Estuary" by Professor Paul Lam, obtained HK$1,947,828 and HK$1,014,000 respectively.

The EE project, "Optimizing the Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Materials for the Reliable Fabrication of Polymer Photonic Devices" by Dr Andy Chan, received a grant of HK$1,110,132.

New Applied Research Grant
To promote applied research further, the Working Group on Applied R & D has resolved to introduce a new Applied Research Grant (ARG) with effect from 2005-06. The objective is to support projects leading to ITF applications, analogous to the current Strategic Research Grant that is intended to support projects resulting in CERG applications. Funding for ARG projects will be between HK$0.5M and HK$1.5M.

The Working Group hopes faculty members conducting ARG projects will garner support from, and collaboration with, industry. Depending on size, each application must have cash sponsorship from industry, approximately 10%-50% of the total cost, plus proof of the sponsorship pledge. The ARG is now open for applications. Interested colleagues are invited to submit applications by 30 September 2005 to the Secretary, Working Group on Applied R & D, c/o Technology Transfer Office. Results will be announced in October.


Preparation for a 4-year programme
A whole-day workshop entitled "Once in a Lifetime: The move to a four-year normative degree programme" was held on 29 June. The workshop, in which University colleagues discussed topics including undergraduate curriculum structure; first year university experience; general education and cultural diversity; academic services, advising and counseling; and outcome-based learning, was organized by Chair Professor Richard Ho, Dean of Undergraduate Education.


Dr Joseph Kwok Kin-fun, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, is on this year's HKSAR Chief Executive Honours List. He will be awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) in recognition of his long and meritorious public and community service, particularly for his valuable contribution and dedication in the development of Hong Kong's rehabilitation services and in promoting the achievements of Hong Kong in this area at the international level.


Three research degree students from the Department of Computer Science, Mr Wang Meng, Mr Huang Guanglin and Ms Zhang Wan, won third place with their project "Instant Menu" in the Imagine Cup 2005 in the software design category for university students organized by Microsoft Hong Kong. The students designed an ordering system for restaurants.


External appointments
Chair Professor Horace Ip of the Department of Computer Science has been appointed Chairman of the Quality Education Fund Dissemination and Promotion Subcommittee and Member of Quality Education Fund Steering Committee, both from 1 July 2005 to 15 January 2007.

Dr Wong Pui-Kwong, Associate Professor of the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, has been re-appointed a member of the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research, Education and M anpower Bureau, HKSAR, for two years from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2007.

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