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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.
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.
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.
Two CityU projects on nanoscience initiated by the Department of Physics and Materials Science, have received their fair share of funding support from the Research Grants Council (RGC) central allocation 2002D03.

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