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CityU's President, Professor H K Chang, talked today about the one topic that has grabbed the whole city's attention and got on everyone's nerves over the past five weeks: SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. Professor H K Chang said he was sad that the side effects of the epidemic outbreak of atypical pneumonia in Hong Kong have hurtled the local economy and people's livelihoods into near chaos, not to mention emptying school classrooms and university campuses.
While many people are staying at home because of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, more than 40 CityU social work students set up a "City Care" booth at the Hollywood Plaza in Mongkok from 12 noon to 9pm on Saturday, 12 April. In addition to paying tribute to the front-line medical workers and cleaners for their courage and hard work, the "City Care" project aimed to rally community support to fight against SARS.
People around are making deafening noise. Somebody sleeps like a dog on a public sofa. Lunch boxes and drinks are spread on top of the little round tables, with groups of people sharing the food.
Some 500 industrialists from more than 200 corporations met with the academics from CityU's Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) at the Faculty Industrial Day on 21 March to explore collaboration opportunities.
"With ties between Hong Kong and the mainland growing every year, understanding the mainland business world will certainly help our career development, no matter what we do or where we work in the future," said Ms Emily Lui, a third-year student in the Department of Management Sciences.
What's the relationship between Chinese calligraphy, seal engraving, and painting? An exhibition of Mr Ou Da-wei's latest works, "Realm of Black and Red: Works of Ou Da Wei" at the CityU Gallery, provides some answers. Organized by the Chinese Civilization Centre, the exhibition runs from 14 March to 31 May.
CityU staff and students continue to make strides in their scholarships and studies. Below is a sample of the latest research grants and awards they received in the past few months.
In his usual reflective style, the President, Professor H K Chang, began his monthly chat with Linkage, an update on the impending budgetary turmoil (see Linkage 219 and 220), with an observation steeped in history and irony.
City University's Faculty Industrial Day attracted some 500 industrialists from over 200 corporations on 21 March. Staff from the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) were on hand to answer questions and promote opportunities for collaboration with industry.

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