CityU History Award winners to help make University Silver Jubilee's history book

Sharon Ng

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Four Department of English students of City University of Hong Kong (CityU)have received the CityU History Award and will assist in writing the English version of CityU's history as part of the University's 25th anniversary celebration.


An award presentation ceremony was held on 27th November, during which the four winners, Nikita Chan Lok-man, Gretel Chan Sum-yee, Patricia Poon Ka-pui and Joy Wang Yujue received an award from Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing, Acting Vice-President (Undergraduate Education).


As part of CityU's 25th anniversary celebration, the Working Group on Commemorative Album, chaired by Professor (Chair) Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, Contemporary China Research Project, was established by the University. The working group plans to publish Chinese and English books and an album on CityU's history in September 2009.


Mr Chan Che-shing, Senior Consultant of Community College of CityU is responsible for the Chinese book. Dr Rodney Hale Jones, Associate Head of the Department of English, will head the English book project. The Department will be responsible for an online English multimedia history of the university, including interviews with past and present students, faculty and staff. The four winners will contribute to the project and interview past and present University faculty, staff and students and collect other relevant data as well. The work is expected to be completed by the end of May 2009.


Dr Rodney Hale Jones, Associate Head of the Department of English, said at the ceremony, "When we were asked by the University to help with this project, our first thought was how to get the students involved. It is a rare opportunity for these students to engage in a real-life English professional communication project while also developing knowledge of, and pride in, the university they attend."


The project will also produce a multimedia webpage featuring video clips of interviews and an interactive timeline of major events throughout the University's 25-year history.


The Department invited its students to join the project last month. Shortlisted applicants were required to submit a five-minute interview sample of staff (audio-taped and transcribed). Four students were finally selected as the prize-winners based on their interviewing skills and written and spoken presentation.


"I am glad to apply to the project the interview skills and multi-media techniques learnt during my studies, while also learning more about CityU's history," said Patricia Poon, a year 3 student in the Department.


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