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Although his novel Soul Mountain is all about questioning -- of literature, Chinese history and even language -- Gao Xingjian, the first Chinese writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, says he has no desire to overturn anything. "There's no need to overturn the tradition. It is there and no one can deny it," said Gao at his public lecture on 31 January at CityU, where the celebrated author talked to a large and enthusiastic audience about his views on literature and writing.
CityU and Hewlett Packard (HP) Hong Kong Ltd have joined forces in an effort to teach the ins and outs of mobile-commerce (m-commerce) to industry leaders. The Division of Commerce and HP offered the first m-commerce certificate course in January.
Many Chinese readers have felt disappointed in the past that no Chinese writer has ever been awarded the Nobel Prize. Unexpectedly, at the beginning of the new millennium, the Nobel Prize in Literature travelled across languages and cultures from distant Sweden to arrive, for the first time, in the hands of a Chinese writer--Gao Xingjian.
Ready as always to aid the people of Hong Kong, CityU is working hard to establish a community college that will help meet the expected boom in tertiary students over the next decade. Universities today face a number of challenges. Changing societal needs, rising expectations about education, economic developments, and technological advances all help shape the role of academic institutions.
Secondary school principals from Diocesan Girl's School, King's College, Homantin Government Secondary School, Bishop Hall Jubilee School and Lee Kau Yan Memorial School paid a visit to CityU on 15 January.
City University today announced the appointment of Professor Kevin Hewison, who recently joined the Department of Applied Social Studies, as the Director of the University's Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC). The SEARC, which is based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, was established in September 2000. It is one of three new Faculty Research Centres set up by CityU last year.
CityU's Language Information Sciences Research Centre (LISRC) launched a Celebrity Roster for Chinese news media on the Web on 1 January 2001. Updated every fortnight, the Roster is an index of the top 25 most newsworthy celebrities who have appeared in the news media in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Beijing in the previous two weeks.