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City University of Hong Kong's School of Law (SLW) played host to the second WTO ambassador to visit the School this year when Ambassador Dr Toufiq Ali, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the WTO, called on the School on 12 February. "It's a good experience to visit Hong Kong where I can look at how people have adjusted to the new situation in Hong Kong and China from an economic perspective," said Ambassador Ali, who currently chairs the WTO's Committee on Trade and Development.
At this year's Lunar New Year Staff Party, the President wished every member of staff, their families and the University a prosperous and productive Year of the Goat. Professor H K Chang was doing his best to pep up staff spirit in the face of a "gloomy" budgetary outlook for local universities, a scenario that has captured intense media and staff attention since late last year.
"A CityU graduate with blood cancer urgently needs our help. Are you willing to do something to save her life?" When Mr Henry Fock, Lecturer in the Division of Commerce, Ms Rebecca Chan, Senior Student Development Services Officer, and the Students" Union Executive Committee asked this question of the CityU community, they had no idea that the response would far exceed their expectations.
In a time of economic recession and imminent, substantial cuts in public funding, Professor Robert Prichard, former president of the University of Toronto and President and CE" of Torstar Corporation, gave local universities an uplifting message: institutional advancement, pursued professionally and persistently, can make a powerful difference in opening new sources of alternative funding.
The new campus bookstore opened on 7 February at a new location without much fanfare but with high expectations. The newly fitted-out facility is now under the management of the Commercial Press (HK) Ltd, one of Hong Kong's largest publishing houses that also operates 16 retail outlets. The new shop, located on Level 3, right next to the escalator off the Library's main entrance in the Green Zone, has opened its doors just in time for Semester B.