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No. 61 3 April 2006


New configuration of senior management
Professor H K Chang, University President, has announced a new configuration of senior management, one that will best position the University to face the challenges ahead. Effective from April 2006, Professor Richard Ho, Dean of Undergraduate Education, is re-titled Vice-President for Undergraduate Education; Professor Roderick Wong, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, is re-titled Vice-President for Research/Dean of Graduate Studies; and Dr Ellen Ko, Director of Human Resources, is concurrently the Acting Vice-President for Administration, replacing Professor Y S Wong, the outgoing Vice-President for Administration.


Five-day work week
The Management Board (MB) has decided to follow the basic governing principles behind the government's proposed implementation of a five-day week for the Civil Service from 1 July 2006 onwards, and at the same time accommodate existing practice. This follows a decision by the Heads of Universities Committee on 9 February to endorse in principle this new arrangement. According to the MB, academic departments and administrative and academic units can arrange a five-day week, although essential services and education-related activities that take place on Saturdays will continue as normal. It is hoped that this arrangement will balance the need to maintain campus operations on Saturdays, while at the same time work towards the government's new initiative.


Provision of medical and dental services
In order to provide a healthier environment for all students, the Management Board has endorsed a recommendation to extend the provision of on-campus medical and dental services to UGC-funded part-time and non-UGC-funded full-time and part-time students admitted to award-bearing programmes at CityU and Community College of CityU. This new scheme will start in the 2006–07 academic year. To absorb the extra students, the University will employ two extra medical doctors, two nurses and a dentist and convert the existing medical and dental clinics. The funding for the new medical provision will be met by the University's central funds.


Chinese titles for Teaching Fellows
The proposed Chinese titles of ( 特 任 講 師 ) and ( 高 級 特 任 講 師 ) for the positions of Teaching Fellow and Senior Teaching Fellow have been approved by the Management Board.

BuiltExpo 2006
Sustainable development is a world-wide concern with issues such as global warming, becoming a potent threat. In keeping with the University's commitment to protecting the environment, the Division of Building Science and Technology (BST) is hosting BuiltExpo 2006 under the theme "Implementing Sustainability -- Reusable, Renewable, Revitalizing". BuiltExpo is now into its 13th year. It presents BST students' final-year projects to industrial leaders and the local community. Dr Raymond Ho Chung-tai, a member of the Legislative Council, will officiate at the opening ceremony on 7 April. The exhibition lasts until 8 April.


Underwater Robot Challenge
Robotics technology and marine conservation come together in a unique challenge for local school children as CityU joins forces with the World Wildlife Fund to set up Hong Kong's first ever Underwater Robot Challenge. This event puts Form 5 and 6 students in touch with professionals from marine industries and conservation and helps develop technical, critical thinking and teamwork skills. Entrants come from 16 local secondary schools and the final competition will be held on 9 April at CityU's swimming pool.


Naming ceremony
To acknowledge the valuable contributions of one of the University's long-standing benefactors, CityU will name Student Hostel Hall 5 after the philanthropist Dr Chan Sui-kau. The Chan Sui-kau Hall Naming Ceremony will take place on 12 April.

International film award
Ms Sheetal Agarwal, an MFA graduate from the School of Creative Media, has won the Michael Moore Award for Best Documentary Film at the 44th Ann Arbor Film Festival with her award-winning film Ordinary Lives about a family of ten living in a slum in Mumbai.?The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest and most prestigious festival in the US dedicated to independent films.


City Literary Award
CityU students won nine of the 20 prizes awarded at the City Literary Award, a highlight of the recent City Literary Festival. The literary competition attracted nearly 200 entries in the prose, short fiction and poetry categories from tertiary institutions across Hong Kong and Macao.


External appointments
Ms Hyewon Kang Kim, a lecturer in the Division of Language Studies (CCCU), has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Council on Democratic and Peaceful Unification of the Korean Government for her contributions to Korean studies in Hong Kong and the community.

Professor Lo Tit-wing of the Department of Applied Social Studies has been appointed by the Chief Executive of HKSAR as a member of the Task Force on Continuing Development and Employment-related Training for Youth.


Mr Zeng Jia, a doctoral student in the School of Creative Media, has won second prize in the 2005 Postgraduate Student Paper Contest organized by the Hong Kong Section of the IEEE for his paper entitled "Markov random fields of statistical-structural character modeling and recognition". This is Mr Zeng's third major Best Paper award in less than a year for his research into active media systems.


More kudos
Three CityU undergraduate students have been awarded Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarships for their outstanding academic performance and participation in extra-curricular activities and community services. Ms Tracy Ho, Ms Krista Ko and Mr Ryan Mak are final-year students in the Department of English and Communication, Department of Marketing and School of Law.


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