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Dear colleagues, At the 18th Congregation that has just been successfully completed, I was delighted to see another batch of 6,024 students graduating from our University. Amidst the intense discussion of the issue of budget reduction in the higher education sector, it is encouraging to learn that government officials have promised to look into ways to minimize the 2005-08 cuts.
A joint declaration on how to overcome the issue of the "digital divide", drafted by more than 300 university students from 189 nations/regions around the world, will be presented to about 50 heads of state in an upcoming world summit on global telecommunications, to be held in mid December. A CityU research student, Mr Steven Yang, was one of the young drafters.
With the Hong Kong community busy preparing for the District Election on 23 November, the City University of Hong Kong Press launched a timely new title—Political Consequences of Electoral Systems: The Hong Kong Proportional Representation System—on 18 November. The book outlines the development of electoral systems in Hong Kong.
In his distinguished lecture on 10 November, Professor Andrew Yao Chi-chih, the recipient of CityU's Honorary Doctor of Science Degree at its 18th Congregation, treated his audience of over 220 faculty members and students to an interesting talk on the use of computer theory as an elegant and powerful tool for solving intellectual scientific challenges.
What's wrong with pre-marital sex?" "Why should Nicholas Tse (a Cantonese pop singer) be found guilty of an offence if no one has really been hurt or harmed?" Nowadays, students tend to approach their teachers for advice on moral issues and dilemmas they come across in their daily lives.
Two days of contention and solid deliberation by an international panel of judges ended on a high note as four victors emerged from the fray. Altogether, 37 parties from among internationally renowned designers and postgraduate design institutions had been invited to participate in the Shaw Prize International Design Competition, and entries rushed in from around the globe, including Britain, Germany, Japan, and the United States.