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Preparing postgraduate students for the challenges and opportunities of working in a global environment was the focus of a postgraduate forum organized by City University's School of Graduate Studies on 26 February.
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.
Six outstanding engineering students, three each from the City University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, shared the honours at the 2002 IEEE Hong Kong Student Paper Contest awards. The awardees presented their winning papers and achievements of their innovative research projects at the award presentation ceremony held on 22 February at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
A research project led by Professor Ron Hui, Chair Professor in City University's Department of Electronic Engineering (EE), has made a major breakthrough technological in developing the world's first two-wired dimmable electronic ballast. The project received a US patent in November 2002.
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.
CASSOS, the Computer-Assisted Simulation System for Orthognathic Surgery developed by City University's Department of Computer Science (CS), was awarded a product silver prize at the IT Excellence Awards 2002 for its advanced and innovative technology.
Recent biotech achievements in China offer immense opportunities for Hong Kong to enhance her position in biotechnology, one of the most promising industries for coming decades, said Professor Y L Lo, Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Biotechnology Association, at CityU on 20 January. Professor Lo's lecture, "Biotechnology-the Catalyst of Hong Kong's Future Economic Development?"
Abstract concepts of physics and mathematics are hardly the kind of topics that fill a room and thrill an audience. Professor Sir Michael Berry's lecture on the "seven wonders of physics" at City University on 18 February was, however, nothing short of a small wonder itself. Not only was the Multi-Media Conference Room packed to the brim with an audience of 500, many of whom had travelled from other universities across the city, but every pair of eyes stayed glued to the charismatic speaker.
City University of Hong Kong researchers who compile the Hong Kong Consumer Satisfaction Index (HKCSI) reported the overall satisfaction level of local consumers dropped to a record low last year. They also identified a correlation between unemployment and the satisfaction index-the higher the unemployment, the lower the index. The HKCSI 2002 was released on 11 February.
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.

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