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The contributions of group of industrial advisers who help to match curricular design with the needs of the business sector were recognized at a gathering hosted by City University's Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management (MEEM) on 21 February. Some 25 industrial advisers and 30 MEEM staff attended the function, which marked a major Department outreach initiative to strengthen contacts with the business community.
The City University booth proved popular with visitors to this year's Education and Careers Expo, held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 20 to 23 February.
A group of 54 Shanghainese students in City University's Master of Business Administration programme, offered in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, were praised for their consultancy work for two local companies during their first Residential Trip to Hong Kong between 9 and 22 February.
City University of Hong Kong's School of Law (SLW) played host to the second WTO ambassador to visit the School this year when Ambassador Dr Toufiq Ali, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the WTO, called on the School on 12 February. "It's a good experience to visit Hong Kong where I can look at how people have adjusted to the new situation in Hong Kong and China from an economic perspective," said Ambassador Ali, who currently chairs the WTO's Committee on Trade and Development.
The Chinese New Year Staff Party, held on 7 February, was full of festive fun and joy for the more than 1,000 City University staff members who gathered in the Chan Tai Ho Multi-Purpose Hall to celebrate the Year of the Goat.
With the signing of an agreement on 6 February, the Hong Kong Observatory joined the ranks of partners in City University of Hong Kong's Cooperative Education Scheme, which provides internship training for students. The Hong Kong Observatory is the first government department to join the scheme.
"I used to think the best people were all attracted to the east of the country before I visited China's west," said Ms Cherry Lum, a Senior Counsellor who supervised the Career Centre's recent Chongqing Internship Programme. "When I took the students to Chongqing , however, I was surprised to discover the wealth of talent there. Just about everyone we dealt with was very impressive."
At this year's Lunar New Year Staff Party, the President wished every member of staff, their families and the University a prosperous and productive Year of the Goat. Professor H K Chang was doing his best to pep up staff spirit in the face of a "gloomy" budgetary outlook for local universities, a scenario that has captured intense media and staff attention since late last year.
In a time of economic recession and imminent, substantial cuts in public funding, Professor Robert Prichard, former president of the University of Toronto and President and CE" of Torstar Corporation, gave local universities an uplifting message: institutional advancement, pursued professionally and persistently, can make a powerful difference in opening new sources of alternative funding.
"A CityU graduate with blood cancer urgently needs our help. Are you willing to do something to save her life?" When Mr Henry Fock, Lecturer in the Division of Commerce, Ms Rebecca Chan, Senior Student Development Services Officer, and the Students" Union Executive Committee asked this question of the CityU community, they had no idea that the response would far exceed their expectations.

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