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Representatives from the government, the private sector and academia debated how the advancement of knowledge through research could play a role in boosting Hong Kong's economy at a forum in the Wei Hing Theatre on 4 December. The forum kicked off the Postgraduate Research Expo 2002, organized by the CityU Postgraduate Association to showcase our graduate students' research talent and achievements.
On 21 November, CityU's Centre for Electronic Packaging and Assemblies, Failure Analysis and Reliability Engineering (the EPA Centre) was accepted by the Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) as an Accredited Laboratory* under the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS). This is a CityU first.
In May 2002, I joined a delegation to Oslo, Sweden, organized by the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. It happened that the Nobel Prize Committee had organized an exhibition in celebration of its 100th anniversary and I came across a famous saying of Lord Ernest Rutherford, the 1908 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry: "We haven't the money, so we've got to think." That got me thinking about Hong Kong.
Scholars of Islam from around the world gathered at CityU from 28 November to 1 December to discuss the development of Islam in the Asia-Pacific region. "Islam in Southeast Asia and China: Regional Faithlines and Faultlines in the Global Ummah", jointly organized by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
A "marriage of art and technology" is how Professor Horace Ip describes Body-Brush, a new tool that transforms body movements into real-time three-dimensional (3D) paintings. Professor Ip, Chair Professor of Computer Science and Head of CityU's Department of Computer Science, developed the innovative computer-based motion analysis system in collaboration with CityU's School of Creative Media (SCM) and Hong Kong artist Mr Hay Young.
Wouldn't it be good to know that, in the wake of an avalanche of corporate malfeasances, there was a surefire and trustworthy way to gauge how well the listed companies in Asia are governed, rather than having to pore over their annual reports and financial statements? If CityU's Professor Stephen Cheung has his way, by the end of 2003 Asian and global investors could find solace in an innovative corporate governance scoring system he is currently devloping.
Corporate governance, some say, is an expansive web of mechanisms put into place within and outside corporations to ensure the interests and behaviour of managers match shareholders' expectations. In the academic world, scholars attempt to unravel the complexity of the problem from different angles and approaches.