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No. 80 15 January 2007


CityU applied research secures $5.8m from RGC
Funding for applied research got off to a strong start this year when two CityU proposals secured support totaling $5.8m from the Government in the Central Allocation Grants 2006-07 from the Research Grants Council (RGC). Professor (Chair) Paul Chu Kim-ho, Professor of Materials Engineering in the Department of Physics and Materials Science, has been awarded $2.8m to lead a project entitled "Plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition (PIII & D) Equipment". The aim of the project is to upgrade equipment in CityU's Plasma Laboratory, the only one of its kind in Hong Kong. Professor (Chair) Lau Tai-chu, Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology and Chemistry, is heading a project on "Green oxidation chemistry and technology" with a $3m grant. The project aims to stimulate the development of green chemistry and technology in Hong Kong through the establishment of an interdisciplinary research programme.

In keeping with the University's commitment to contributing applied research to local public policy and administration, Dr Hui Kai-lung, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems, has been awarded $444,520 for his project "Do-not-call registry and marketing solicitations in Hong Kong" in the 3rd round of the Public Policy Funding Scheme, also awarded by the RGC. The project studies consumer responses to marketing solicitations.


General Education
The aim of the General Education (GE) courses is to broaden students' horizons, increase appreciation of cultural diversity and encourage lifelong learning. To discuss issues related to the implementation of GE, the General Education Committee met for the first time on 4 January 2007. The Committee is headed by Professor Richard Ho Yan-ki, Vice-President (Undergraduate Education), and comprises Professor Lilian Vrijmoed Kwan Lee-ping, Dean of Student Learning, Dr Jerry Yu Jer-tsang, Chief Information Officer, a representative from each Faculty and School and a student representative. The Committee is currently inviting Faculties/Schools to submit proposals for GE courses. The first courses will be phased in in 2007-08.


City Literary Awards
The City Literary Awards have in a short space of time established CityU as a focal point for Chinese literary writing, attracting interest from young writers in Hong Kong and Macau. Following the success of last year's Award, which received 190 literary submissions, this year's competition under the theme "City Changes" will be open to all local and Macau residents aged 15 to 24 in a bid to encourage more people to develop their literary skills. Several prominent writers will act as adjudicators. Results will be announced in April and winning entries will be published in the second issue of City Literature in the middle of the year. CityU staff, students and alumni are invited to contribute writings to this upcoming issue. The deadline is 31 January.


LASSI workshops
Since September 2006, CityU has been providing its students with an accurate assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of their 'strategic learning' in order to enhance the overall provision of education at the University and the quality of our graduates. The Education Development Office will be running a workshop to familiarize colleagues with the LASSI assessment, discuss the importance of LASSI and demonstrate how teaching staff can access their students' LASSI results. The workshop will be held on 24 January and repeated on 27 February.

CityU joins exclusive IT club
CityU's commitment to using IT has been recognized by the 10th anniversary special edition of MIS, a regional magazine that provides senior IT professionals with managing information strategies (MIS). The magazine has placed CityU in the "MIS 100", a project that identifies institutions in Asia that set the benchmark for adopting technology in the region. CityU was one of two universities in Hong Kong to make the top 100.


Best paper award in marketing
The paper "Satisfaction, trust and commitment: the role of cultural distance in international marketing channels", co-authored by Professor Zhou Nan, Dr Su Chenting and Dr Yang Zhilin, Head, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor, respectively, in the Department of Marketing, has been selected as the Best Paper in Marketing at the First Annual Meeting of the Chinese Academy of Management which was held in Beijing from 8 to 10 December. The other authors include Professor Zhuang Guijun from the School of Management, Xi'an Jiaotong University, and Associate Professor Zhou Xiaolian from the Marketing Department, Xi'an Institute of Finance and Economics.


New books published
CityU, in conjunction with Joint Publishing, announced the launch of Chinese Civilisation: A Source Book (in simplified Chinese characters) this month on the mainland. The book was compiled by the Chinese Civilisation Centre and published by City University of Hong Kong Press in 2001 as a guide book for students taking CityU's Chinese Civilisation course. It was selected as one of the Ten Recommended Books for 2002. The simplified Chinese version aims to further open the way for young people to appreciate the treasures of Chinese culture.

In addition, City University of Hong Kong Press has published The Story of Chinese Art (in Chinese) which tells of the subtle bond between two different fields of studies: Chinese History and Chinese Art.


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