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"Each city needs its own cultural positioning," Visiting Professor Dr Lung Yingtai, an influential Chinese writer of international stature and former Director of Taipei's Cultural Affairs Bureau, said. "Culture is not just about dancing and singing. It is an industry that forms an important part of a country's overall strength," she told more than 20 reporters in a press conference held at CityU, 27 August.
A base station antenna project presented by Mr Steven Yang at the Institution of Electrical Engineers in Hong Kong (IEE) in the Young Members Section (YMS), on 27 July, has won him the championship in the undergraduate category. Other CityU students who received prizes in the event include Mr Liu Yang Fan and Mr Kenji Yum, who clinched the championship in the postgraduate division with their group project on compact microstrip resonant cells. Mr Francis Kwong was the first runner-up.
To move ahead in a career, one must learn and apply interpersonal and communication skills, in addition to proper job training. This is one of the gems of advice two CityU alumni gave to some 2,050 new students attending the University Welcoming Ceremony with a "building self-confidence" theme, held in the Chan Tai Ho Multi-purpose Hall, 25 and 26 August.
Advances in Wireless Communication, a forum held on 21 August, was the first in a series of six technology forums organized by CityU's Technology Transfer Office (TTO) to exhibit the University's strengths in applied research. There was an overwhelming response with 170 participants, ranging from industry pros to students, keen to learn the latest technological know-how and explore opportunities for collaboration.
From Beijing to Israel and back; then onwards to Hong Kong, Dr Liu Wenyin has accomplished more than most in under 40 years, and won the prestigious ICDAR Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) 2003 along the way. Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science (CS) since 2002, Dr Liu has authored or coauthored over 100 publications, has seven patents pending and reached Senior Member grade in the IEEE.
In the first of a series of six technology transfer forums, on 21 August, CityU will showcase its applied research strengths for the benefit of local industry. Heralding such a move is a group of high-profile scientists, who will discuss how their innovations meet the challenges in developing low-cost, high performance wireless communications systems.
On 29 July, when Ng Cheuk-wah and Hui Kit-no, two information technology majors, presented their supply management software in Shenzhen at Astec Electronics Co Ltd, a partner in CityU's Industrial Attachment Scheme (IAS), they got a unanimous thumbs-up. Astec's senior management expressed keen interest in using as well as selling the product.
In addition to the scholarship admission scheme, students from mainland China can also apply for fee-paying undergraduate programmes in Hong Kong starting this year. In the latest round of admissions, 58 fee-paying students from the mainland have been accepted. This marks another step forward in the University's policy of recruiting mainland students, up to a ceiling of 4% of its first-year student population, under a Hong Kong government policy.
Golden trophy in hand, Francis Kwong, BSc (Hons) from the Department of Computer Science (CS), grinned from ear to ear as he stood before the photographers. On 27 July, his four years of enthusiastic study cumulated in a surprising feat — winning First Runner-up at the Institution of Electrical Engineers Hong Kong (IEE) Young Members Section (YMS) Contest 2003.
"Representing Cosmic Energy", a collection of artworks by Mr Yang Shanshen, master of the Lingnan style of painting, is now on display at the CityU Art Gallery until 30 September. The exhibition's organizer, Professor Cheng Pei-kai, Director of CityU's Chinese Civilisation Centre, says the title is made up of the keywords to an understanding of Yang's aesthetic world.

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