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CityU and the US Congress were linked this week through video conferencing facilities as the University played host to the first American Studies Institute in Asia (ASIA) seminar.
In addition to basic research, CityU is also committed to promoting applied R&D and commercializing research products. CityU is, in fact, the first university in Hong Kong to successfully incubate a technology company.
CityU's Enterprise Knowledge Integration and Transfer (E-KIT) Laboratory in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management is also making a significant contribution to strengthening Hong Kong's role as a logistics hub.
Research proposals led by two CityU scientists won HK$5.6 million, one-third of the total amount allocated to local universities in the 2001-2002 Research Grants Council Central Allocation Grants. Professor Michael Hung, Acting Head and Chair Professor in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management and Chair Professor in the Department of Building and Construction, received HK$4 million for research into a non-destructive building inspection technique.
CityU raised its standing among local tertiary institutions in this year ' s Competitive Earmarked Research Grants (CERG) applications, increasing its funding to HK$56.8 million, a 4.4% increase over last year ' s results of HK$54.4 million.
CityU researchers have unveiled the results of a series of projects that will dramatically improve the biomedical properties of blood contacting materials used in artificial implants for people with cardiovascular conditions.
Acertain Fred Smith received little encouragement at university. His brainchild, which eventually revolutionized the delivery of packages and information, began life as a final year project at Yale University. Mr Smith, FedEx founder and CEO, received a C for that project. His ideas were considered logistically unfeasible.
In his 2001 Policy Address, Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee-hwa, announced the Logistics Hong Kong initiative, which aims to strengthen Hong Kong's status as the preferred regional and international logistics hub, linking the China's mainland with the rest of the world.

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