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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.
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).
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.
Mr C Raj Kumar, Deputy Director of City University's WTO Law and Dispute Resolution Centre and lecturer in the School of Law, has been awarded a research grant by Japan's Sumitomo Foundation. Mr Kumar's grant was in the category of Fiscal 2002 Grant for Japan-Related Research Projects. The title of his research topic is: "Corruption and Human Rights-Promoting Transparency in Governance in Hong Kong, Japan and India".
When people talk about coating, they are primarily interested in coating for decoration, such as colour, or for tribological applications, that is, providing a hard surface which is resistant to wear and corrosion. "But this is only one part of coating," said Professor Haydn Chen, Chair Professor of Materials Science and Head of the Department of Physics and Materials Science (AP).
Abstract concepts of physics and mathematics are hardly the kind of topics that fill a room and thrill on 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.
A collaboration between City University's Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management (MEEM) and General Motors to develop advanced coatings could result in the manufacture of more efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly vehicles.
A centre that is unique in the Asia-Pacific region has been established at City University. The School of Law's WTO Law and Dispute Resolution Centre (WTODR Centre), launched in January 2002, is distinctive because it focuses not only on World Trade Organization (WTO) law but also on trade and commercial dispute resolutions and the links between the two, according to Centre Director Professor Peter Malanczuk.
The first panel session in the symposium "Islam in Southeast Asia and China: Regional Faithlines and Faultlines in the Global Ummah" focused on faithlines in the Islamic community, with particular reference to China and Southeast Asia. Speakers came from a range of disciplines, including sociology, theology, philosophy, political science, and history.

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