A University Development Forum, entitled "Applied Research: The Way
Forward", will be held from 10am to 11am on 5 October at the Wei
Hing Theatre. The aim of the session, to be hosted by Professor
Roderick Wong, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, is to share
with staff and students the role and the development of applied research
at the University. Applied research is specified as a major area of focus
in the University's Role Statement, assigned by the University Grants
Committee in early 2004, and in the University's Strategic Plan for 2003
The main focus of the Forum
is how to further enhance applied research activities, including the specific
policies and procedures that the University is implementing to support
and encourage such work. Following his presentation, Professor Wong will
be joined by members of the Working Group on Applied R & D for a Q
& A session. All staff and students are invited to attend.
The theme for this year's Information Day, to be held on 15 October at
the University campus, is "A University for the Professionals".
This annual event is an excellent opportunity for prospective students
and the general public to learn more about the programmes, opportunities
and latest developments at CityU. To familiarize visitors with the University's
campus ambiance and facilities, an extensive range of programmes and activities,
such as talks, exhibitions, laboratory/campus tours, and video shows,
has been organized. The focus will be on Undergraduate and Associate Degree
programmes, and the student halls of residence will be open to the public.
Details of the schedule will be available on the University homepage in
due course. All are welcome to attend.
Outpost Groundbreaking Ceremony
On 13 October,
Professor David Tong, Deputy President, Professor
Y S Wong, Vice-President (Administration), Professor
Roderick Wong, Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), and Mr
James Ng, Executive Director of CityU Extension, will attend
the ground-breaking ceremony of the Shenzhen Outpost. The ceremony will
be officiated by Mr Xu Zongheng, Mayor of the Shenzhen
Municipal People's Government.
The Shezhen Outpost, based
in the Shenzhen Virtual University Science Park, is CityU's base for
applied research, incubation and teaching activities on the mainland.
The Outpost will enable the University to further fulfill its role to
expand its applied research activities and promote training on the mainland.
CityU signed an agreement with the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government
on 6 September to acquire a 6,000 square metre site within the Science
Park for establishing the Outpost.
for Money project
A series of consultations throughout this week will set
in motion the first phase of the University's Value for Money (VFM) project.
Ms Deborah Lampard and Mr Peter Wade,
consultants with PhillipsKPA, the independent education consultancy group
based in Melbourne, will be meeting with several heads of academic and
administrative departments, as well as with the VFM Steering Committee.
The aim of the VFM project is to assess the process of planning and allocating
resources within the University, an integral part of the University's
strategy to help departments achieve better VFM and ensure money is well
A team from the University
of Melbourne will hold seminars and workshops at CityU between 26 and
28 October to share their experience of risk management in tertiary education
with CityU's Management Board (MB) members and other senior management
people. The University has appointed Professor Y S Wong,
Vice-President (Administration) to chair the newly-formed Risk Management
Committee. The Committee's main job is to enhance awareness and introduce
the mind-set of risk management.
conventions for working units
The University recognizes that departments and offices
may subdivide their organization structure into smaller components for
administrative efficiency and external communications. To clarify conventions
used for naming working units within the University, the MB agreed on
the following set of guiding principles at its meeting on 13 September:
Campus ¡X e.g. Main Campus
and Telford Campus, to be used only by the University;
¡X for academic/teaching units subject to the approval of Senate;
Office/Service ¡X for
administrative and service units approved by the President;
Centre ¡X mostly for research
units and occasionally for teaching or administrative units, subject
to the approval of the respective authorities;
Terms commonly used in
higher education institutions and with institutional implications,
e.g. Institute and Library, etc, to be used only by the University;
- Subdivisions within departments
and offices may be designated 'Units', 'Teams', 'Groups', 'Sections',
or 'Projects'. Other terminologies will require prior approval from
e.Energy, a CityU Enterprises
company, founded by Chair Professor Ron Hui, Department
of Electronic Engineering, has recently won the prestigious "Best
New Product 2005" award granted by the Australian Electrical and
Electronic Manufacturers' Association for an energy-saving environmentally-friendly
dimming method for non-dimmable lighting systems.
ceremony of "The Work of Goddess ¡X Tianhou Shengji Tu by
Yu Ping and Ren Ping" organized by the Chinese Civilisation Centre
will be held at 5:30pm on 7 October at the CityU Gallery. The exhibition
will run from 8 October to 6 November.
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