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No. 103 2 January 2008


President-designate named CAE Foreign Member
Professor Way Kuo, CityU's President-designate, was elected a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). Professor Kuo is one of the three Foreign Members on CAE's 2007 new members' list announced on 29 December 2007. The election recognises Professor Kuo's contribution to the field of reliability design for microelectronics products and system, according to President Xu Kuangdi of CAE. CAE, established in 1994, is the most prestigious and authoritative advisory institution in China's engineering science and technology fields. A membership in the CAE is the highest academic title in engineering science and technology in China. CAE elects new members every two years. Currently, CAE has a total of 721 members with six from Hong Kong and 34 world-wide Foreign Members.


Groundbreaking ceremony
The groundbreaking ceremony of the Community College of City University Building (CCCU Building) will take place at 11am on 7 January at the Open Car Park. The ceremony will be officiated by Mr Raymond H C Wong, Permanent Secretary for Education; Mr Chung Shui-ming, Council Chairman of CityU; Mr Vincent Chow Wing-shing, Chairman of Board of Management, CCCU; Professor Richard Ho Yan-ki, Acting President; and Ms Jennifer Ng Glok-hong, Principal of CCCU. The building, scheduled for completion in April 2010, will signify a milestone in the development of CCCU. Staff are welcome to witness this significant moment.

Extension of acting presidency
Further to the earlier Council announcement in April 2007 of the appointment of Professor Richard Ho Yan-Ki as the Acting President and the recent appointment by the Council of Professor Way Kuo as the next President, the period of Professor Ho's acting appointment has been extended by the Council until Professor Kuo takes up his appointment. Meanwhile, Professor (Chair) Paul Lam Kwan-sing's appointment as Acting Vice-President (Undergraduate Education) will also be extended until further notice.

Funding for new building
The Legco Finance committee approved on 14 December 2007 the recommendation made by the Public Works Sub-committee to support the Stage 2 funding of CityU's Multi-media Building. Preparation is now underway for the calling of the Main Contract tender with a target date of late January, 2008, upon receipt of the endorsement of the submitted tender documents and tenderers' list by the Architectural Services Department and University Grants Committee. CityU's project team will coordinate with all relevant parties to facilitate the tendering and commencement of Stage 4 consultancy services of Working Drawings.

Graduate Studies Information Day 2008
CityU will hold its Graduate Studies Information Day on 12 January to introduce to prospective postgraduate students the taught postgraduate, professional doctorate and research degree programmes, faculty and learning facilities at the University. The Information Day, organised under the theme "Knowledge Hub for Professionals", will feature talks by various faculties/schools on programmes and special topics of interest.

Library renovation
The Library Renovation Project is completed. All newly renovated areas, including the Oval, Library Lounge and Leisure Corner, are now open for use. The Oval is equipped with nearly 100 computers for users to study and work on assignments. All desks come with sound-proof panels to create a quiet environment for study. The Library Lounge is designed for collaborative learning and group activities where users can gather to discuss projects and assignments. With current local and international newspapers and magazines on display, the Leisure Corner will also have a 60" TV tuned to news channels.

Conference on Confucius
The Department of Public and Social Administration and the Governance in Asia Research Centre will co-organise a conference on "Applied Ethics from a Confucian Point of View" from 4-5 January on campus. Scholars from the US, mainland and Hong Kong will give presentations on a range of topics. The conference is the first of its kind to explore Confucian ideas and approaches across a spectrum of important issues in applied ethics.

Lost and found in translation
The Translation and Interpretation teaching team of the Division of Language Studies is presenting a seminar on Literary Translation on 12 January. Prominent writer, Ms Lu Ping (who writes under the pen name of Ping Lu) will act as speaker at the seminar. She has established herself as a prominent novelist, commentator and columnist in Taiwan over the past two decades.

Cambridge scholarship
Rose Yan Pei, a 2007 MPhil graduate from the Department of Physics and Materials Science, has been awarded a fully-funded research studentship to pursue her PhD studies at Cambridge University in the UK. The three-year studentship amounts to more than HK$1 million.

The creative ideas proposed by a group of four CityU students and graduates for revitalising a Grade 1 historic building have gained recognition in a recent competition. The team formed by Ng Wui-chun and Leung Hong-kei, both final-year students in the Department of Building and Construction, and Liu Man-ho and Leung Kei-hang, graduates in the same department and the Division of Building Science and Technology respectively, was selected as one of the three winners in the Open Category of the Ideas Competition for Mei Ho House of Shek Kip Mei Estate. Their winning design was called "Breaking the Wall".


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