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No. 68 17 July 2006

Non-remunerated outside work
CityU benefits the community through Outside Practice, sharing applied research and expertise in specialized areas and strengthening ties with industry and commerce. Members of staff undertake Outside Practice in the form of consultancy work, for which they may receive fees, honoraria, retainers and other kinds of remuneration. Currently, if members of staff do not receive rewards for engaging in such activities, the engagement is not classified as Outside Practice and prior approval is not required.

However, to better ensure the efficiency of the University's day-to-day management, the Management Board has endorsed recommendations put forward by the Outside Practice Advisory Group that prior approval will be required for staff undertaking non-remunerative Outside Practice on a recurring or continuous basis and which requires substantial amounts of time during University working hours or in affiliation with external organizations.


International university forums
Professor H K Chang, University President, attended the "The Third Chinese-Foreign University Presidents Forum" from 12 to 18 July in Shanghai. Participants from universities from all over the world heard talks on the global development of higher education. Professor Chang spoke about "Modes of Nurturing Talent for Innovation" at the forum.

Meanwhile, Professor David Tong Shuk-yin, Deputy President, and Dr Zhu Guobin, Director of the External Liaison and Cooperation Office and Associate Professor in the School of Law, will attend the "Hong Kong-Beijing Presidents' Forum" from 21 to 23 July in Beijing.


eHealth Forum 2006
The eHealth Consortium is inviting members of CityU staff to participate in the "eHealth Forum 2006 X Building a Healthy Tomorrow Using IT", a two-day seminar exploring issues related to tracking and controlling disease and maintaining standardized electronic health records. CityU is one of the supporting organizations of the Forum, which is the signature event of the eHealth Consortium organized by the Hospital Authority, Department of Health, Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Internet Professional Association and Hong Kong Society of Medical Informatics. The event takes place from 15 to 16 September at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in Aberdeen. For details about registration, please visit: http://www.ehealth.org.hk/forum2006


CERG 2006V07 and Public Policy Research Funding Scheme
CityU was awarded $49.4m for 98 projects in the Competitive Earmarked Research Grants (CERG) for 2006-07 in the categories of Engineering; Physical Sciences; Biology and Medicine; Humanities, Social Sciences & Business Studies. In addition, in the second round of the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme, two CityU proposals have been funded at $0.7m.


CityU Achievements Journal 2005
CityU students have won numerous awards and prizes for their work in the past year and CityU academics and researchers continue to produce award-winning research that impacts upon industry and the commercial world. These successes have been captured in the recent publication CityU Achievements Journal 2005, a collection of media reports and guides to the very best in CityU's professional education and applied research.


Student Leadership Conference 2006
CityU will join with Shenzhen University to host the Student Leadership Conference to be held at the two campuses from 23 to 31 July under the theme "Leadership for a Changing World". More than 140 students from 27 prominent universities will gather at the Conference which will feature a series of workshops, forums, seminars and enterprise visits. The opening ceremony, to be officiated by Professor Richard Ho Yan-ki, Vice-President (Undergraduate Education), and Professor Lilian Vrijmoed Kwan Lee-ping, Dean of Student Learning, will take place at 9:30am on 25 July at the Wei Hing Theatre. More details are available at: www.leader21.org


International communications conference
Professor (Chair) Lee Chin-chuan and Dr He Zhou, Associate Professor, both of the Department of English and Communication, won the Intercultural Communication Top Paper in the 56th annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in Dresden, Germany, from 19 to 23 June. Their paper was entitled "Chinese Party Publicity Inc. Conglomerated: The Case of Shenzhen Press Group". Meanwhile, Dr Mike Yao Zhengyu, Assistant Professor in the same Department, won the ICA's Games Studies Top Three Paper at the same conference with his co-authored paper entitled "Sexual priming, gender stereotyping, and likelihood to sexual harass: examining the effects of playing a sexually explicit video game".


Three final-year BSc (Hons) Computer Science students from the Department of Computer Science achieved outstanding results in the recent "Pan-Pearl River Delta Region University IT Project Competition". The Competition took place in Guangzhou from 30 June to 1 July and is one of the biggest of its kind in China, involving more than a hundred institutions from nine provinces on the mainland plus institutions in Hong Kong and Macau. Vicker Leung Chi-yiu and Chris Liang Li won the First Class Award, the Best Practicality Award, and the Best Presentation Award for "A Flash-based Web Builder (FLABER)", software that makes building websites using the multimedia authoring programme Flash easier than before. Lam Ming-yan won the Second Class Award at the same competition for her project "Web profiling navigation path analysis", which helps personalize the experience of working with the world-wide web.


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