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Dear Colleagues and Students,
Medical representatives from the government, Legco and academia, gathered May 22 to discuss the need for the establishment of a regional disease surveillance centre in the territory to tackle the spread of infectious disease. The forum, "Lifting Hong Kong's Regional Status: The Establishment of a Regional Disease Surveillance Centre," was organized by CityU's APEC Study Centre.
Over 40 paintings in a smorgasbord of styles, including impressionism, cubism and traditional Chinese brush painting, are on display now in CityU's Multi-Purpose Room C from 21 to 25 May. Organized by the Cultural and Sports Committee, the exhibition unveils not only works of art by Mr Chiang Hau Fun, but also the artist's love of Hong Kong.
CityU graduates have achieved encouraging job-seeking performance in 2002. An employment survey conducted by the University's Student Development Services (SDS) shows that, by the end of December last year, as many as 93.5% of its 2002 bachelor's degree programmes graduates, and 94% of its graduates from higher diploma and associate degree programmes have found jobs, started their own business or pursued further studies.
CityU Enterprises Ltd, the extension arm of City University that helps to commercialize research outcomes, technologies and innovations through technology transfer and the development of viable businesses in the community, has welcomed two new companies in the past few months.
A technology-driven customer relationship management (CRM) laboratory was launched by City University's Division of Commerce on 29 April. NEC Hong Kong Limited donated equipment and software and will provide technical support. The Commerce Applications Technology Laboratory (CAT Lab) will provide an advanced environment for staff and students to gain the latest customer relationship management skills.
Kudos go to researchers in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry (BCH), Computer Engineering and Information Technology (IT), Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management (MEEM), Information Systems (IS) and Building and Construction (BC) and the Division of Commerce (CM) who have been awarded external grants worth totaling 13.8 million for various research projects/ proposals on drug development, smart-card technology, SME competitiveness, and building and construction, respectively.
The anxious wait is finally over, sort of. On 9 May, the University Grants Committee (UGC) formally notified CityU that 13 of its 19 associate degree (AD) programmes would be cut off from government funding by 2008. Only six* will retain public support. The withdrawal process is to begin as early as in 2004-05 and end, within a more accelerated timeframe than previously expected, by 2007-08.
Despite its long and rich cultural heritage, China must advance in the sciences and technologies to become a stronger country," said Professor S T Lee, speaking to Linkage after being awarded Second Prize in China's National Natural Science Award 2002 at a ceremony on 28 February.