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City University of Hong Kong received, in the late afternoon of 18 November, a full report from the Independent Committee on Review of Recent Events in the School of Law. The report is available in both English and Chinese versions, each some 300 pages long, containing the Independent Committee's findings of the whole process, its observations and specific recommendations.
A highly-acclaimed expert on environmental sciences and a seminal figure in the development of China's environmental protection policies delivered a lecture on the development of world environmental protection in CityU's Distinguished Lecture Series on 14 November.
The 17th Congregation marked a new chapter in the lives of this year's 6,864 graduates. Upon their shoulders rests the future, and CityU's President Professor H K Chang reminded them in his address, "You cannot plot out your life story and anything is possible," he said. "With hard work and determination you can succeed in anything you do and go anywhere you choose. The future is yours."
Six months have passed since Linkage spoke to Mr Patrick Kwong, Director of the University Publications Office and Convener of the HUCOM Task Force on Reprographic Rights Licensing, about the implications for CityU of the enactment of the Intellectual Property Ordinance (Miscellaneous Amendments) 2000, on 1 April 2001.
The University has stepped up measures to promote staff awareness of copyright liability concerning computer software. From September 2002 to March 2003, all academic and administrative units are required to conduct a software asset self-assessment exercise to identify actual software that is used on each personal computer and its licensing status. Moreover, as a University policy, individual units are required to purchase any new software through the centralized i-Procurement system.