Eight applied research projects have secured $3m in internal funds from
CityU's Applied Research Grant 2007-08. The projects, based in the Department
of Biology and Chemistry, Department of Building and Construction, Department
of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, Department of
Physics and Materials Science and Library, have attracted a further $810,000
in industrial sponsorship.
Dr Su Xijia has been appointed as Acting Head of the
Department of Accountancy from 1 August 2008 to 31 July 2009, while Professor
(Chair) Lai Kin-keung has been appointed as Acting Head of the
Department of Management Sciences from 1 August 2008 until further notice.
In addition, Professor Yang Yeong-bin assumed duty on
1 August as Professor (Chair) of Building and Construction.
To welcome new students, members of CityU donated hundreds of memorabilia
items and had them encased in colourful wax and incorporated into a large
sculpture by international artist Ms Tan Yuk-king. A
launch ceremony of the sculpture will be held at the University Concourse
on 19 August with Ms Tan, Professor Way Kuo, University
President, Mr Patrick Lee Chung-wah, Chairman of CityU
Convocation and Mr Andy Chu Ka-kit, President of the
Students' Union, in attendance. The guests will write their reflections
or welcoming words for new students on the decorated pillars.
The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies (HCLS)
has organised the 2nd HCLS Conference on Translation, Language Contact
and Multilingual Communication, to be held from 13 August to 15 August.
The conference will explore translation modelling, relate it to other
forms of communication in the context of multilingualism and suggest ways
in which translation as a process and product may contribute to language
contact. Academics from around the world will participate in the conference.
The conference will be opened on 13 August by Professor M A K
Halliday, Advisor to HCLS; Professor Yang Deyan,
Executive Vice President, The Publishers Association of China; Professor
Erich Steiner, University of Saarland, Germany and Guest Convenor;
and Professor Jonathan Webster, Head of the Department
of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics (CTL) and Director of HCLS.
The Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics (CTL) has for two
consecutive years organised the Linguistics Fun Days commissioned by the
Support Measures for the Exceptionally Gifted Students Scheme of the Education
Bureau, HKSAR. The programme held from 29 July to 31 July provided an
opportunity for students to develop their analytical skills, with special
reference to language, through a series of activities, including problem-solving
tasks appropriate to the needs and attributes of gifted students. The
tasks were designed to arouse their interest in the academic/systemic
study of language and to enhance their awareness of the importance of
language and its role in the contemporary world. Thirty secondary students
were introduced to various aspects of linguistics and university life
through lectures, problem-solving tasks, group activities and a sharing
session with CTL's graduate students.
Dr Chiu Leung, a PhD fresh graduate supervised by Associate
Professor Dr Xue Quan, Department of Electronic Engineering,
has received the First Prize of the IEEE Region 10 Student Paper Contest
(Postgraduate Category) for his paper "Performance Enhancement of
Microwave Circuitries Using Parallel Strip Line". Dr Chiu was awarded
the Second Prize in the same contest last year.
A team of four CityU students won the Consolation Prize
in the University Student Category of the SCMP/IFPHK Financial Planner
Awards 2008. They were Chan Shuk-ning from the Department
of Marketing, and Cheung Long-kwan, Kwok Kin-tak
and Li Wing-yuen from the Department of Economics and
Finance. Organised by the Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong
and the South China Morning Post, the award recognises financial
planners and university students with excellent professional knowledge,
who can demonstrate financial planning skills at the highest level and
uphold best practices in financial planning in Hong Kong.
Professor (Chair) Andrew Leung Yee-tak, Department of
Building and Construction, has been appointed by the Education Bureau,
HKSAR, as a member of the Research Grant Council (RGC) from 1 July 2008
to 30 June 2010. Professor Leung has been serving the RGC Engineering
Panel for six years. This new appointment is recognition of his expertise
in the engineering field, both in Hong Kong and overseas.
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