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No. 74 16 October 2006


CityU surges up international rankings
The findings of a major international survey that ranks the world's most prestigious universities confirm that CityU has established itself as an internationally-recognized centre for both teaching and research. CityU has climbed 24 places from 178th last year to 154th this year, according to the 2006 World University Rankings published by the UK's Times Higher Education Supplement. CityU is one of the four universities in Hong Kong listed among the world's top 200, and is ranked 8th in the Greater China region, covering mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The results indicate sustained improvement since the University jumped from 198th to 178th place in the same ranking exercise in 2005, having broken into the top 200 the previous year.
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Applied research showcased at major hi-tech fairs
Applied research projects nurtured by academics from CityU have been exhibited at two major hi-tech fairs, offering the University the opportunity to showcase its strengths. Projects, and the Principle Investigators, at the 8th China Hi-Tech Fair held at the Shenzhen Exhibition Hall from 12 until 17 October included, among others, Advanced Coating, Dr Lawrence Li Kwok-yan, Associate Professor, Department of Manufacturing and Engineering and Engineering Management; Family-School SMS Solution, Dr Li Qing, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science; Anti-phishing System, Dr Liu Wenyin, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science; Computer-assisted Simulation System for Orthognathic Surgery, Professor (Chair) Horace Ip Ho-shing, Department of Computer Science; Drug Screening and Toxicity Testing by Zebra Fish, Dr Cheng Shuk-han, Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry.

Meanwhile, five projects from the Department of Electronic Engineering were showcased at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2006, Asia's largest and the world's second largest electronics show. This exhibition underlines CityU's dynamic role in developing applied research for industry in the region. The projects, and Principle Investigators, included, among others, the Automated Facial Animation System for Digital Entertainment, and the English E-Learning with Virtual Teachers, both by Professor (Chair) Hong Yan; the Centre for Electronic Packaging and Assemblies, Failure Analysis and Reliability Engineering, Professor (Chair) Archie Chan Yan-cheong; Green Chemistry for Industry, Prof Chan and Professor Lau Tai-chu, of the Department of Biology and Chemistry; and the ZigBee Wireless Automation System, Dr Tsang Kim-fung, Associate Professor. The Fair was organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council from 13 to 16 October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


Jockey Club Harmony Hall naming ceremony
The University offers substantial recognition of the generosity of its benefactors by naming key buildings on campus in their honour. In appreciation of the major contribution that the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has made to the Phase III development of the Student Residence project, Hall 7 will be named Jockey Club Harmony Hall at a ceremony on 26 October.


Long Service Staff Award Ceremony
The Human Resources Office will be organizing the Long Service Staff Award Ceremony 2006 to honour those staff members who have served the University for over 10 years. Awards will be presented to 283 members of staff, including Professor H K Chang, University President, and other members of senior management, who have served for 10, 15 and 20 years by University Day, which falls on 22 October. The presentation ceremony will take place on 1 November at the Wei Hing Theatre.


Conference on regional economic growth
CityU is dedicated to developing applied technologies that can assist in the economic growth of the region, and in this role it will host the annual conference of the Hong Kong Institution of Science under the theme "Applied science for regional growth". The Guest of Honour will be Dr Sarah Liao Sau-tung, Secretary of the Environment, Transport and Works. The speakers include Professor (Chair) Johnny Chan Chung-leung of CityU's Department of Physics and Materials Science who will discuss air pollution in the Pearl River Delta, and experts from industry and other local universities. The conference will take place on 28 October at the Wei Hing Theatre.


CityU Banquet
The annual CityU Banquet, organized by the Students' Union, builds up a strong sense of belonging to the University. Honoured guests at this year's event, which will take place on 3 November, include Mr Chung Shui-ming, Council Chairman; Council members; Professor H K Chang, University President; and members of the senior management.

International film festival
The University maintains strong links with the international film industry via the School of Creative Media and is strongly committed to creating a vibrant international learning and cultural environment on campus. In this spirit, the 13th European Film Festival will be held on campus, featuring award-winning films from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Netherlands. Screenings will take place in the School of Creative Media between 11 October and 10 November.

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at the Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia, has awarded Mr C Raj Kumar, Assistant Professor in the School of Law, the Holding Redlich Distinguished Visiting Fellowship this year. This Fellowship is designed to attract high-profile international and domestic human rights scholars to undertake research and teaching at the Castan Centre each year as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

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