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No. 75 6 November 2006


CityU surges up global social science and technology rankings
The drive towards improving the University's international standing among the world's most prestigious educational institutions has received another boost. According to the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), CityU has jumped 40 places to 53rd this year in the world's top social science universities, and has risen five places to 85th in the world's top technology institutions. In October this year, THES released the rankings of the world's top 200 universities, in which CityU was ranked 154th, compared to 178th last year. The ranking is based on the results of a survey of more than 3,703 academics, using peer review (40%), graduate employability (10%), an international outlook (10%), teaching quality (20%) and research quality (20%) as the criteria.


2006 Congregation
This year 9,177 awards, ranging from associate degrees through to PhDs, will be conferred on CityU students. One of the many highlights will be the honorary doctoral degrees to be presented by the Honourable Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Chief Executive, HKSAR, and Chancellor of CityU. This year's honorary awardees will be Mr Liu Changle, Mr Xu Guanhua and Professor Rosie Young Tse-tse in recognition of their significant contributions to learning and the well being of society. Mr Liu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Ltd, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters; Mr Xu, Minister of Science and Technology of China, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science; and Professor Young, an honorary professor in medicine at the University of Hong Kong, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science. 2006 Congregation runs from 9 and 17 November in Chan Tai Ho Multi-purpose Hall, and the ceremony for the honorary doctoral degrees will take place on 15 November.


Long-serving staff honoured
CityU prides itself on the loyalty of its staff, acknowledging that achievements such as CityU's recent rise in world university rankings are due to the dedicated service of many committed colleagues. At a ceremony on 1 November organized by the Human Resources Office, over 1,200 members of staff who have worked at CityU for between 10 and 20 years were honoured, while 33 staff members who have notched up more than 20 years of service were presented with their awards by Professor H K Chang, University President.


A+++ Scholarship Scheme Presentation Ceremony
Twenty-eight Year 1 students who achieved outstanding HKALE results this year are set to become the first beneficiaries of CityU's new A+++ Scholarship Scheme. Launched in May 2006, the Scheme helps nurture talented students through the provision of entrance scholarships, student exchange scholarships and residence scholarships with the aim to provide students with a professional education and a holistic learning experience within an internationalized context. The Presentation Ceremony will take place on 7 November.


Honorary doctorate for head of SCOPE
De Montfort University in the UK conferred an Honorary Doctor of Education on Mr Charles Wong Kit-hung, Director of the School of Continuing and Professional Education at CityU, on 18 October for his outstanding achievements in continuing education.

EE wins grant for clean energy project
The Department of Electronic Engineering (EE) was awarded a grant by the Hongkong Electric Clean Energy Fund to support a project on wave energy. The project is being led by Professor Yeung Lam-fat of the Department of Electronic Engineering and will provide invaluable information about the feasibility of applying renewable energy in Hong Kong and serve as an education item for non-solar forms of energy. The project will be based at the WWF Hong Kong Hoi Ha Wan Marine Life Centre in Sai Kung.

Awards at 8th China Hi-Tech Fair
CityU won the Outstanding Organizations Award for the fourth year running at the 8th China Hi-Tech Fair, which was held from 12 to 17 October in Shenzhen. In addition, the University was one of 26 exhibitors, and the only representative from Hong Kong, under the "Provinces, cities and tertiary institutions" section to win the Outstanding Exhibitors Award. This was the first time CityU won this latter award.

Web Care awards enhance online access
The websites of the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management have been rated "excellent" in the Web Care Awards 2006, part of the e-Inclusion Campaign organized by the Internet Professional Association to make web sites more accessible. Out of the 13 organizations in Hong Kong rated "excellent" this year, CityU was the only representative from the tertiary sector.

Success at 5th Business Plan Competition
Four students from the Faculty of Business brought home the Silver Prize at the 5th Business Plan Competition, which was held in Jinan, Shandong province, on the mainland in mid-October. The award-winning contribution targeted service quality and efficiency in two- to three-star hotels on the mainland. It was devised by Cyril Chen Yun-kai and Jay Qiu Jie, Year 2 students in the Departments of Accountancy and Information Systems respectively, and Vincent Lau Tsz-hin and Mike Tang Kwok-ho, Year 3 students in the Department of Marketing.

Paper collage mixed media paintings
CityU Gallery is showcasing the work of a prominent artist Mr Mui Chong-ki at an exhibition entitled "MemoriesˇXPaper collage mixed media paintings by Mui Chong-ki". The exhibition, which features about 50 works of art depicting Hong Kong and Macau, runs from 2 November 2006 to 1 January 2007.

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