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No. 55 3 January 2006


Internationalization of higher education
CityU will host a key meeting on the internationalization of higher education in the region from 12 to 13 January. The "Symposium on the internationalization of higher education and international collaboration in the mainland and Hong Kong" will be attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Chinese Association of Higher Education (CAHE), prominent mainland universities and institutions in Hong Kong. Ms Charmaine Wong, Deputy Secretary-General of the University Grants Committee, and a representative from the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR will also be present. The event is co-organized by CityU and CAHE.


Teaching Development Grant 2005-08
The University Grants Committee (UGC) has allocated CityU $15.7m for the development of teaching and learning initiatives through the Teaching Development Grant (TDG). The focus of this round of the TDG at CityU is to encourage the development of innovative and effective teaching and learning practices that can be institutionalized upon completion. All full-time members of staff are invited to submit proposals. Up to $200,000 will be given to each individual project and $2.5m to University-wide projects.


City Literary Award
To enhance creativity and proficiency in Chinese, the Cultural and Sports Committee, the Chinese Civilisation Centre (CCIV) and the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics are organizing the City Literary Award, which is sponsored by the Macao Foundation. This award, previously known as the CityU Literary Award, demonstrates the University's commitment to raising interest in, and levels of motivation to learn, Chinese. This year, in addition to those from CityU, students from all tertiary institutions in Hong Kong and Macao are eligible to participate. The theme is "City Image" and the competition comprises three categories: non-fiction prose, short stories and poetry. There will be a first prize, first and second runners-up and merit places.


Hot off the press
CityU Press has published The July 1 Protest Rally”XInterpreting a Historic Event, the first authoritative volume to address the mass protest on 1 July 2003. Top academics in the region, including four from CityU, offer readers in-depth coverage of the political, social and economic implications of the rally. The book was edited by Professor (Chair) Joseph Cheng of the Department of Public and Social Administration.


Council Election
Dr Fung Wai-wah, a senior lecturer in the Division of Social Studies in the Community College of CityU, was elected to the University Council following elections on 20 December 2005. The period of office to be recommended for Dr Fung is from 1 January to 31 December 2006.


Professor (Chair) Wei Kwok-kee, Head of the Department of Information Systems (IS), has been honoured with the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Fellow Award. Professor Wei is the second academic from Hong Kong to receive this prestigious award. Professor (Chair) Douglas Vogel, his colleague in IS, was named an AIS Fellow in 2004.


Film awards
Ms Zhang Jing, an MFA student in the School of Creative Media won a Merit Award in the "2005 Award of Excellent Digital Video Documentary Competition for University Students" which was held between March and October 2005. The organizers were the People Daily website and Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication at Shantou University.


Top student in PBE
Ms Yeung Siu-ling, a student in the School of Continuing and Professional Education, has been selected as the Top Student in "Paper I: Financial Reporting" in the June 2005 Professional Bridging Examination (PBE) conducted by the Hong Kong Association of Accounting Technicians.


Best Paper Awards
A cross-discipline team from CityU secured the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology 2005. The authors of the paper are Professor K F Man, Dr K S Tang, Associate Professor, and Mr T M Chan, a PhD student, all from the Department of Electronic Engineering, and Dr Sam Kwong from the Department of Computer Science.

Professor Mohamed Khalifa of the Department of Information Systems (IS) and Dr Vanessa Liu Shun-wah, a 2005 PhD graduate from IS and currently an assistant professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, received the Best Paper Award in Conference Theme at the International Conference of Information Systems, conducted under the auspices of the Association of Information Systems.


Speech at Renmin University
Professor (Chair) Peter Malanczuk, Dean of the School of Law, was invited by Dean Wang Limin to give the Congratulatory Speech on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of Renmin University Law School in Beijing and the Opening of the New Law Building on 30 December 2005. Other speakers included Chief Justice Xiao Yang and other dignitaries. CityU maintains close relations with Renmin Law School, one of the most prestigious in mainland China.


Annual Concert 2006
The CityU Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy alongside well-known local soloists and musicians at its annual concert to be held this year on 14 January at Hong Kong City Hall. This will be the first time the Orchestra has performed with CityU Choir and CityU Staff Association Singing Group.


Earthquake appeal
Proceeds from a used book sale organized by the CityU Staff Association in December to help victims of the earthquake in Pakistan and India raised $9,579.10. A cheque was presented to Ms Bonnie So, Head of International and Relief Services of the Hong Kong Red Cross at a ceremony on 21 December 2005



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