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At a tour of CityU on 29 May, Hong Kong's top education officials said they were "very impressed" with the University's facilities and developments, particularly the Wireless Communication Laboratory, School of Creative Media, Chinese Civilisation Centre and Plasma Laboratory.
Mrs Diana Ying, Associate Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, treated principals and career masters from seven secondary schools to an exclusive campus tour on 14 May as CityU once again extended a warm welcome to the Hong Kong educational community.
The reform of Hong Kong's higher education sector has been a widely discussed topic in recent months. In March, Professor Stewart Sutherland, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, produced the report commissioned by the University Grants Committee (UGC). The document serves as a blueprint for the future of higher education in Hong Kong.
In the second exercise of the Reward Schemes, CityU's President Professor H K Chang announced the results for academic departments and non-academic units on 24 April. The Reward Scheme for academic departments aims to maximise students" learning, while that for non-academic units links incentives with accountability and effectiveness.
CityU staff based in Festival Walk will soon have a new communication tool on their desks: an IP phone handset. In a pilot scheme scheduled to be implemented in August or September, 300 staff members will try out the new technology before the digital system is installed on the main campus.
The University Council at its meeting on 26 November 2001 approved the policies and procedures to be adopted for releasing staff on the grounds of redundancy (see Linkage No. 207). However, the Council also agreed to re-consider the formula for ex-gratia payment and authorized the Staffing and Conditions of Service Committee (SCOS) to review alternatives for Council's consideration in June 2002.
In an agreement aimed at promoting academic exchange and research activities, CityU's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHS), signed a memorandum of co-operation with the School of International Studies (SIS), Peking University, on 2 May. The agreement comprises terms on exchange of academics and research personnel, sharing of joint research results, and the financial responsibility involved. The memorandum will be valid for three years.