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Tomas Collins,an exchange student from Australia's Murdoch University,found life at CityU and in Hong Kong exhilarating."It's an eye-opening experience,"said Tomas,who began his six-month sojourn in July 2002 as a final year student in the Department of Public and Social Administration."I'm particularly impressed by the multi-lingual environment in Hong Kong and among the college students."
CityU's 2000-2001 Annual Report and Financial Report won a Bronze prize in the Non-profit Making and Charitable Organization category in the 2002 Best Annual Reports Awards organized by the Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA). At a ceremony on 16 December, Professor Y S Wong, Vice-President for Administration, received a trophy on behalf of the University from the organizer.
More than 320 key members from about 35 student societies joined a one-day leadership training workshop before they take office on 1 January. The Orientation Workshop for Newly-elected Student Leaders, held 30 December at Wai Hing Theatre, was organized by Student Development Services (SDS) to help the students to become leaders.
A forum aimed at encouraging local companies to become learning organizations was held at CityU on 13 December. Organized by the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management (MEEM), the Forum for Industrial Learning Organizations attracted representatives from 11 local companies. The forum was also an opportunity for CityU researchers and collaborating companies to share their findings and experiences.
A two-day residential workshop was held on 21-22 December in which 48 CityU's final year management students gained insightful knowledge on developing key competencies as human resources and international business professionals.
In the presence of about 80 guests, CityU's Chinese Civilisation Centre (CCIV) and the City University of Hong Kong Press on 2 December launched the first two titles of the new Chinese Civilisation Lecture Series.
SCM second year student Miss C K Tang held a photography exhibition at CityU, from 22 to 25 November, showcasing two of her series "N. Thai Children" and "Footprints Here and There".
Dear Colleagues, You will have heard by now about University Council's resolution on 25 November on the Report of the Independent Committee on Review of Recent Events in the School of Law (IC).
In a rare display of talent, three CityU scientists-all chair professors-have been newly admitted to the elite of IEEE fellowship (photos below, from left): Professor Paul Chu, from the Department of Physics and Materials Science, Professor Ron Hui and Professor Luk Kwai-man, both from the Department of Electronic Engineering. In the latest round of the IEEE election, only nine new 2003 Fellows, all academics, are from Hong Kong.
A new chapter in CityU's development was opened on 25 November, when Council endorsed the University's 2003 to 2008 strategic plan: Meeting the Challenge of Change.

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