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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.
Hong Kong, with its open economy, free flow of currency, its status as a major hub of information and transportation and as a tourist centre for the region, has strong comparative advantages for the development of e-business, even in the current economic downturn.
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,