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No. 52 21 November 2005


Campus development
The University will hold a University Development Forum on 24 November to discuss CityU's campus development. Professor H K Chang, University President; Professor David Tong, Deputy President; and Prodessor Y S Wong, Vice-President (Administration), will chair the session, which will take place in the Wei Hing Theatre, Amenities Building, from noon to 1:30pm.

The management of CityU continues to review proposals to improve teaching, research and other facilities that will help ease overcrowding and prepare for the four-year curriculum. Discussions on new construction projects are underway and the Council's Executive Committee has agreeed to recommend to the full Council plans to proceed with the construction of two buildings, in addition to the Creative Media Centre. The Forum will present these plans, which include proposed site locations for the new Community College Building and the Academic-administrative Building for the four-year curriculum, and will be an opportunity to seek feedback from staff and students. All staff and students are welcome to attend.


Chinese version of new mission statement
The Chinese version of the University Mission Statement, which was approved by the Council in June this year following University-wide consultations in May, has been approved by the Management Board (MB). Please visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/cityu/about/vm-utf.htm


Task Force report on Shenzhen Outpost
The Management Board (MB) has approved the recommendations of the Shenzhen Outpost Task Force, under the Mainland Policy Steering Committee, to change the name of the legal entity that holds the Shenzhen Outpost from 城大 研 發 中 心 ( 深 圳 ) 有 限 公 司 to 城 大 研 究 院 ( 深 圳 ) 有 限 公 司 . The MB also has approved that Professor Y S Wong, Vice-President (Administration), Professor Roderick Wong, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Mr James Ng, Executive Director of CityU Extension, and Mr H Y Wong, Director of Technology Transfer Office, be named directors of the entity; and that Professor Roderick Wong be named the Chairman of the Board.

Precautionary measures against avian flu
The University is taking a number of steps to raise awareness of the threat posed by avian flu. Professor H K Chang, University President, has appointed Professor Y S Wong, Vice-President (Administration), to set up the Ad-hoc Group on Prevention of Avian Flu. The Group will identify the best precautionary measures, draw up emergency plans in case of any outbreak and keep the campus community informed. The website "Campus prevention of avian flu" (www.cityu.edu.hk/avianflu) provides useful information and in case of an outbreak will serve as the main communication channel for the University community.


Thanksgiving Dinner
The Community Relations Committee (CRC) of the Council will host a "Thanksgiving Dinner" on 22 November to thank generous donors for their support and valuable contributions over the years to help improve the University. The "BRIDGE to Success" educational advancement project, which aims at inviting prominent people in society to take part in the University's education process to help students on the road to success, will also be launched at the dinner. The event will be attended by Council Chairman Sir Gordon Wu; Dr Dennis Sun, CRC Chairman; other members of the Council; Professor H K Chang, University President; other senior staff members, benefactors and friends of the University.


Senior staff appointment
Dr Charles Chen
, Acting Head of the Department of Accountancy, has been appointed as Head of the Department for a term of office from 9 November 2005 to 31 July 2008.


External appointments
Professor Hong Yan, Professor (Chair) of Computer Engineering in the Department of Electronic Engineering (EE), has been elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for contributions to image recognition techniques and applications. EE now boasts seven IEEE Fellows, a record for a single academic department in Hong Kong.

Professor Leung Kwok, Head of the Department of Management, has been appointed a member of Hong Kong's Panel of Arbitrators for the Labour Tribunal, with effect from 1 October 2005, for three years. Professor Leung is also serving as Chair of the Research Methods Division in the Academy of Management, US, which started in August 2005 and will last for one year. In addition, Professor Leung was recently selected as Fellow of the American Psychological Society and a Member of the Society of Organizational Behaviour in the US.


Dr Jia Weijia, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, and his PhD student Tu Wanqing, in collaboration with Professor J Wu of Florida Atlantic University, received the Best Paper award at the 2005 International Conference on Computer Networks and Mobile Computing.

Mr Mohan Narasipuram, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems, has been elected Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society.


More kudos
The CityU Putonghua Debating Team was the 2nd runner-up in the 2005 Hong Kong Joint Tertiary Institutions Putonghua Debating Competition organized by RTHK.


Annual Report wins two awards
CityU's 2003–04 Annual Report received the Silver award in the 2005 International ARC Awards Competition in the category of "Non-profit Organization 2004 Annual Report: University". In addition, it won in the "Citation for Achievement in Design" under the "Non-profit Making and Charitable Organizations" category in the Hong Kong Management Association's 2005 Best Annual Reports Awards.


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