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In an expanded Management Board meeting on 23 September that included heads of academic and administrative departments, the President discussed at length with some 50 senior colleagues the developments and challenges facing City University today and over the next few years.
CityU's Prospectus for Bachelor Degree and Associate Degree Programmes 2003 Entry has just been published. Besides containing a wealth of information for new students, the new and improved version is also guaranteed to help students better understand university life in general.
The second phase of CityU's ambitious physical improvement program is almost completed and visitors will notice a distinct difference in the campus ambiance, particularly in the fourth floor of the Academic Building and tidying up the pedestrian entrance-or "Red Door".
CityU's 2000-2001 Annual and Financial Reports took two prizes at the 16th Annual International ARC Awards, the world's largest annual report competition.
Last month in this space, the President talked about what he perceived as the four challenges at the start of the new semester (Linkage No. 214), one of which involves the new strategic plan. This month, he makes use of his regular meeting with Linkage to put forward his personal views on where City University should be heading in the greater context of Hong Kong 's future role vis-?-vis China 's rapid development.
Accessing information the customized way will be a feature of the new Campus Pipeline—CityU e-Portal. When staff, students and alumni log on to the pipeline, we'll get a personal greeting, and all the information we need will have been categorized for easy navigation—a real time saver. This personalized interface will soon take over from the University intranet as the web front page.
The sweltering summer weather is largely gone by the end of August and a new semester beckons as cohorts of freshmen savour their first glimpse of CityU life during the student orientations. In mid-August, Linkage spoke to the President to find out what he thinks are the important issues and challenges facing the University as it rolls into the new academic year.