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No. 109 1 April 2008


Education fund
The Tin Ka Ping Education Fund launching ceremony was held at CityU on 25 March to acknowledge the generosity of Dr Tin Ka Ping, Chairman of the K P Tin Foundation. The fund will finance the "Mainland Scholars Exchange Programme", in which about 10 visiting scholars will visit CityU a year. The University will use the money to subsidise interaction between outstanding scholars from the mainland and at CityU, including teaching activities, scientific research, interviews and seminars.

Four-year curriculum
A University Development Forum was held on 20 March, during which the University shared with staff and students information on the progress made in preparing for the transition to a four-year normative degree structure and exchanged views on the issue. The Senate approved the four-year curriculum structure in 2006 to provide the framework upon which the University will design the new four-year curriculum. To assist faculties and schools with implementation of this new degree structure, the Four-Year Curriculum Implementation Group has completed a draft consultation document for the new structure of undergraduate degrees, which will replace existing regulations. The revised consultation document on The Structure of Undergraduate Degrees will be sent for Senate approval in May this year after views have been sought and consolidated from faculties and departments.

Robot challenge
The final of the Hong Kong Underwater Robot Challenge 2008, jointly organised by WWF and CityU, will be held on 5 April and 6 April. Finalists from 21 local secondary schools will compete in this unique event, while a special CityU team will also demonstrate their robot. The competition is the regional stage of an international event, with winners of the challenge at CityU sharing an $8,000 prize pool and earning the right to attend the 2008 International Finals held in San Diego, United States.

Eminent lecture series
The School of Law (SLW) is holding a public lecture on "The Independence of the ICC and Safeguards against Political Influence", with special guest speaker, the Hon J Sang-Hyun Song, a serving judge with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. The lecture will take place on 10 April with a welcoming address by SLW's Professor Wang Guiguo, Dean and Professor (Chair) of Chinese and Comparative Law. The lecture will be held in the Jurors Assembly Room at the High Court.

Online art
The University's inventory of artworks can now be viewed online, following the launch of the digital gallery of the CityU Artwork Collection. The gallery can be found on the website of the Run Run Shaw Library, at www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/digital/artwork. The University has collected some 800 art pieces, including calligraphies, ceramics, drawings, paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures.

International honour
Professor (Chair) Leung Kwok, Head of the Department of Management, has become the first scholar from the Greater China region to be elected as Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB) for his contribution to international business studies. There are around 80 AIB fellows worldwide and only three in Asia. AIB was established in 1959 and now has more than 3,000 members in 71 countries. The academy is the leading association of scholars and specialists in the field of international business.

Outstanding Service Awards
Four CityU students have been granted Outstanding Service Awards this year in recognition of their outstanding leadership and devotion to serving fellow students, the University and the community. Mok Wai-yin, Department of Applied Social Studies; Li Yik-ting, Department of Accountancy; Jessica Tse Yuen-yan, Department of English and Communication; and Isaac Yeung Chi-hin, Department of Marketing were among the 20 tertiary students winning the awards this year. The awards were established in 1991 and jointly administered by the Hong Kong Student Services Association and the Hong Kong Outstanding Tertiary Students' Services Association. The awards presentation ceremony will be held on 5 April.

Scholarship Scheme
Four CityU undergraduate students have been awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship for their outstanding academic performance and participation in extra-curricular activities and community services. Ho Hoi-fai and Man Ho-yin are Year 2 students in the School of Law, while Shirley Choi Ying-cheung and Eric Chen Zixiang are Year 1 students in the Department of Applied Social Studies and Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management respectively.

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