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No. 88 21 May 2007


Appointment of Acting Vice-President (Undergraduate Education)
Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, has been appointed Acting Vice-President (Undergraduate Education) with effect from 21 May until 31 December 2007.

Easing space shortage
The Management Board has endorsed at its meeting on 18 May a proposal to lease about 10,000 square feet of space at the Grand Century Place Tower II next to the Mongkok KCR station for housing approximately 90 administrative and academic personnel. This short-term solution will help ease space shortage on campus.


CityU corporate identity
The Management Board has approved policies and guidelines for the use of the University's name and logo recommended by the Task Group for Corporate Identity in order to clarify issues related to corporate identity.

Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning
A team of international consultants from the US, UK and Australia will meet with individual departments at the University between 21 May and 1 June to give advice on how to deliver the courses using the OBTL framework. Two seminars will also be held during the visit: "Large Class Teaching and Assessment in an Outcomes Based Curriculum" on 25 May, and "Formative Feedback on OBTL Courses" on 30 May. The first seminar explores issues and activities related to large-class teaching, such as the "active/passive interface", maintaining and enhancing concentration, and interaction with classmates. The latter will examine ways to obtain feedback on the implementation of OBTL and how to use that feedback for continuous improvement.

More than 600 academic courses will be delivered in the Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) framework in the 2007-08 academic year. The visit will help academic departments implement OBTL in their courses.

Library renovation
After gathering comments and suggestions from library users on spatial issues through a consultation forum and a survey, the Run Run Shaw Library will carry out the first phase of its renovation work in the summer break starting from June. The construction of the "Learning Commons", an ideal common space in the central part of the campus library, will bring together services that enhance learning, research and technology by integrating the IT help desk, media facilities, learning services, library research help and information literacy.


International symposium on university governance
CityU's Comparative Education Policy Research Unit in the Department of Public and Social Administration is joining hands with the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Bristol, UK, and the Research Institute of Higher Education at the Hiroshima University, Japan, to organize an international symposium on 1 June on university governance. The symposium titled "The Search for New University Governance in Asia: Incorporation, Corporatization and New Restructuring Strategies" will feature speakers from universities in the US, UK, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The aim is to share strategies and practices for university governance, a critical aspect in promoting Hong Kong as a regional hub for higher education.


EE student wins a scholarship from Germany
Li Chengqing, a PhD student in the Department of Electronic Engineering, received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (known as DAAD, i.e. Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst), to undertake postgraduate studies and an academic visit in Germany for six months in 2007. DAAD is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher-education institutions in Germany. It has 14 international offices providing information and financial support for international research to over 50,000 highly-qualified students and faculty each year.


SCM students grab two prizes
Students from the School of Creative Media took home two prizes at the Vita Lemon Tea Video Shooting Competition. The team "MIXPLAY NOW" formed by seven Year 2 and Year 3 students won first place in the tertiary institution group with their video Vita X MIXPLAY NOW. Li Yin-fung, a Year 1 student, won third place with her video " f c A S I f c ² " (Lemon tea, something more than lemon tea).


New books published
City University of Hong Kong Press published two books in May. CHINA: Five Thousand Years of History and Civilization is a richly illustrated chronicle of Chinese civilization which furnishes general readers and scholars alike with an authoritative overview of Chinese history, art and culture. Edited by the Hong Kong and Beijing scholars who produced Chinese Civilization: A Source Book in 2001, this book covers the pre-historic era to the early twentieth century, touching upon recurring themes and developments, and synthesizing more than five thousand years of evolution and transition. The second new book is by Professor H K Chang, retired CityU President, titled From Movable Type Printing to the World Wide Web: Essays on Civilizations, Cultures and Education, which narrates his thoughts about world civilizations, culture and life, society, education and science and technology.

FSE Student Project Exhibition
A total of 80 projects by students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering will be on display in a two-day exhibition on campus from 30 to 31 May, showcasing students' creativity and applied technology skills. Tours for secondary-school students will introduce more in-depth information on the faculty's programmes and activities. The exhibition is just one of the faculty's summer events aimed at broadening the knowledge base of secondary school students and reinforcing their interests in science.

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