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In recent decades, an upsurge of research interest in the importance of omega-3 fatty acids to the human body has spurred a new generation of health food products incorporated with these essential lipids.
On 30 April, the University announced the five winners of the 2003-04 Teaching Excellence Awards and organized a Symposium on Teaching and Learning as part of its efforts in promoting and fostering a culture of quality assurance.
On 27th, March, CityU students excelled once again in the 6th Intervarsity Putonghua Recitation Contest.
Today, in the first ever open forum for staff by a serving Council Chairman, Sir Gordon Wu laid out his plans for the University over the next few years: to situate the new Community College on campus, to map out a campus development plan to meet future growth of student numbers, and to improve management and staff interaction and co-operation.
At the fourth annual French Award Presentation Ceremony, 24 April, 15 students received scholarships and sponsorships from CityU's Division of Language Studies, the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and the Université de Bourgogone.
Three hundred students and guests applauded the slogan "Reading for fun, I'll do it", at the Opening Ceremony of "World Book Day" and "2004 Hong Kong Reading Month" on 23 April at CityU's University Circle. The Ceremony was co-organized by CityU, RTHK Radio 1, the Hong Kong Publishing Federation, Hong Kong Education City, The Hong Kong Association of Youth Groups, and Hong Kong Public Libraries (Leisure and Cultural Services Department).
About 60 staff turned out at the Staff Association forum on the new salary proposals. Familiar faces abounded at the occasion, voicing an array of usual concerns ranging from the necessity and effectiveness of the proposals to the level of staff morale at the University.
About 100 students were present at the 21 April symposium on China's impact on Hong Kong's economy and job market. The event was organized by the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES) as a way to help students understand and prepare for their future careers.
How can Hong Kong enhance its appeal to tourists? By re-vamping its cultural heritage sites, or by exploring new attractions? The first batch of Associate Degree students majoring in Leisure and Tourism Management presented how to market Hong Kong as a tourist attraction at the final year project exhibition, 21-23 April.
CityU stands with universities such as Cornell, St Mary’s University of Minnesota, the University of Southern Queensland, (Australia), Mount Allison University (Canada) and the University of Surrey (UK) that value “whole person development" (WPD), and is proud to be one of the very first in Hong Kong to do so. In an interview by Shiona Mackenzie, Mr Joseph K N Chan, Acting Director of Student Development Services (SDS), discusses CityU's philosophy.

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