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Members of CityU's Cultural Synergy programme about to embark on a two-week cultural tour of Australia were given a special send-off.
The University Grants Committee (UGC) hosted a reception on 19 December for outstanding students and to acknowledge the support of the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) for a pilot scholarship scheme to allow mainland students to study in Hong Kong. Thirteen CityU students were awarded certificates at the ceremony in recognition of their outstanding achievements.
Among the thousands of happy faces at the 16th Congregation in mid-November were one special group of graduates -- the first batch of seven from the Interactive Master of Business Administration (iMBA) programme.
CityU's College of Higher Vocational Studies and the University of Hull, UK, agreed on 20 November, to promote greater cooperation and work towards an agreement that the latter would accept qualified College students into selected undergraduate programmes at advanced standing.
For the second straight year, six Department of Mathematics undergraduates have taken home top awards at the China Undergraduate Mathematics Contest in Modeling.
A student from the Division of Languages, Lai Sau Yin, has been awarded a one-year scholarship from the Mombusho (Education Ministry) of the Japanese Government, to study Japanese language and culture in the Nagoya National University.
In the morning, I was awakened by a cock crowing, instead of the annoying buzzing sound of my alarm clock. The air that I breathed was fresh and clean, unpolluted. There were no skyscrapers, so I had a panoramic view of the sky. I could also enjoy delicious, organically grown fruits and vegetables.
Over 60 local delegates and 30 overseas delegates from six different regions gathered at CityU from 1-5 December to attend the Asian Students Conference, under the theme "Generation-in-Transition" This is the first time local university students have organized such a conference.
Last July, Mr Eric Cheng, Senior Lecturer in the Division of Building Science and Technology, joined the Third China Synergy Programme (CSP) for Outstanding Youth as a Group Mentor. He and a Coordinator worked with 20 mentees in the group, which was one of the 12 groups which participated in the programme.
Shanghai owned the "Pearl of the Orient" moniker for much of the 20th century - but now, a CityU exhibit utilizing the latest developments in multimedia technology has demonstrated that Hong Kong is clearly this century's oriental pearl.

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