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No. 57 6 February 2006


Four-year Undergraduate Structure
The University has prepared the curriculum framework for the four-year undergraduate degree structure and solicited views from Faculties and Schools via consultation with their respective Boards in late January. After consolidating their views, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education will submit the framework to the Academic Policy Committee for consideration later this month and the Senate for approval in mid March. Meanwhile, the University will conduct consultations with staff, students, alumni and external stakeholders including secondary schools, parents, professional bodies and potential employers. The University will submit a progress report on the planning for the four-year normative degree structure to the University Grants Committee at the end of May.


Distinguished Lecture Series
Professor Patrick Dowling, former Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Surrey in the UK, will be on campus to give the first lecture of the Distinguished Lecture Series 2006 at 11am, 17 February, at the Wei Hing Theatre. The lecture title will be "The road to a first-class applied research university". All staff and students are welcome.


New face of University Homepage and e-Portal
The University Homepage, which is designed mainly for external visitors, will be enhanced by adding four new links, namely Staff, Students, Alumni and Applicants so that pertinent news targeted at specific groups can be brought forth with relevant web pages for easy navigation.

The new e-Portal, based on the Blackboard portal, will be revamped by adopting a user-centric approach in that a specific user will log on to a designated portal. For example, a staff member will log on to the Staff portal whereas a student to the Student portal. According to this role-based model, a variety of services pertinent to the different roles can be organized and made available so that personalized, relevant, accurate and up-to-date information can be easily accessed. The revamped University Homepage and e-Portal will be launched soon.


Campus development
The University has completed several facilities improvement projects in recent weeks to alleviate the short-term space shortage problem and enhance campus ambiance. The shortage of teaching venues on campus has been mitigated with the opening of the newly converted 300-seater lecture theatre and the construction of two 80-seater classrooms on the flat roof in the Purple Zone of the Academic Building. The situation will be further improved with the construction of 12 temporary 80-seater classrooms near the Student Hostels on Cornwall Street, to be completed by September. The flat roof on the Academic Building has also been utilized to build proper greenhouses, creating laboratory facilities for teaching and learning.

City Literary Festival
The City Literary Festival, jointly organized by CityU and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, will be kicked off with a symposium on 25 February, in which six literary mastersˇXMr John Chan, Mr Chang Ta-chun, Mr Cheng Chou-yu, Mr Dong Qiao, Professor Liu Zai-fu and Mr Yip FeiˇXwill share and exchange their writing experiences with local young writers. The Festival will also include a seminar to be held in Macao on 27 February. A highlight of the Festival is the City Literary Award which aims at enhancing creativity and proficiency in Chinese. The six literary masters will serve as judges for the three categories of the award: non-fiction prose, short stories and poetry. The deadline for entries has been postponed to 15 February.


"Idiom Zoo" chosen as a meritorious website
"Idiom Zoo" (http://resources.emb.gov.hk/idiom2)ˇXa Chinese idiom learning website developed by LangComp Company Limited, an affiliated company of CityUˇXwas elected one of the meritorious websites in the 2005 Meritorious Websites Contest (formerly known as the "Ten Healthy Websites Contest"). This is the second consecutive year that the website wins such acclaim. Nomination and voting were open to the public by post, by fax or via the Internet. Altogether 11 websites were elected meritorious websites from 424 nominees with a total of 18,380 people voted.


Professor Liu Zhi-qiang from the School of Creative Media has been elected an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer this year. Professor Liu is the only scholar in Hong Kong elected, based on his outstanding research and reputation. He will deliver keynote speeches at two conferences, namely the "Fourth International Workshop on Multimedia Databases and Image Communication" to be held in Salerno, Italy, in June; and the "National Youth Conference on Operations Research and Management Science" to be held in Guilin, Guangxi, in August.


CityU Badminton Tournament 2006
The annual Badminton Tournament, organized by the Human Resources Office, is scheduled to be held between 25 March and 1 April. It provides an opportunity for staff, students and alumni to get together for fun and enjoyment. An inter-hall competition has been included this year to encourage participation from resident students. Registration is now open until 10 March. For more details, please visit: www.cityu.edu.hk/hro/sr/bt06.


The opening ceremony of "Pursuing Perfection: Works of Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute", organized by the Chinese Civilisation Centre, will be held at 5:30pm on 17 February at the CityU Gallery. The exhibition will run from 18 February to 1 May.


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