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CityU's President, Professor H K Chang, talked today about the one topic that has grabbed the whole city's attention and got on everyone's nerves over the past five weeks: SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. Professor H K Chang said he was sad that the side effects of the epidemic outbreak of atypical pneumonia in Hong Kong have hurtled the local economy and people's livelihoods into near chaos, not to mention emptying school classrooms and university campuses.
Some 17 students studying French courses in the French Section of City University's Division of Language Studies are the first students in Hong Kong to pass the Test de Connaissance du Francais (TCF) of the French Education Ministry, held on March 29, 2003.
While many people are staying at home because of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, more than 40 CityU social work students set up a "City Care" booth at the Hollywood Plaza in Mongkok from 12 noon to 9pm on Saturday, 12 April. In addition to paying tribute to the front-line medical workers and cleaners for their courage and hard work, the "City Care" project aimed to rally community support to fight against SARS.
Out-of-discipline (OD) courses are gaining more attention from faculties as a venue to fill educational needs currently not met in mainstream core curriculum. Rather than offering piecemeal OD courses, as in the past, some academic departments at City University have taken the proactive steps of consolidating resources on OD curriculum development, setting up committees and designating staff members to design tailored courses, and vigorously promoting OD courses to attract student enrolment.
An empirical study on energy consumption control of air-conditioning system in office environment won Mr Ryan Lee Lap-yan, a graduate of City University's Department of Building and Construction, the first prize of the 2002 Hays Montrose President's Prize from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
People around are making deafening noise. Somebody sleeps like a dog on a public sofa. Lunch boxes and drinks are spread on top of the little round tables, with groups of people sharing the food.
Two City University students have a one-week study tour at the University of Washington to look forward to this summer, thanks to a winning business plan. Ms Rachel Lui and Mr Matthew Chang, students from the Faculty of Business and Faculty of Science and Engineering, respectively, won the Gold Award in the Third HSBC Young IT Entrepreneur Awards on 27 March.
In his usual reflective style, the President, Professor H K Chang, began his monthly chat with Linkage, an update on the impending budgetary turmoil (see Linkage 219 and 220), with an observation steeped in history and irony.
The Quality Assurance Committee announced on 24 February the shortlist of eight nominees (from 26 nominees) for this year's Teaching Excellence Awards:
"With ties between Hong Kong and the mainland growing every year, understanding the mainland business world will certainly help our career development, no matter what we do or where we work in the future," said Ms Emily Lui, a third-year student in the Department of Management Sciences.

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