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No. 124 18 November 2008


25th anniversary
President Professor Way Kuo officially announced the start of the CityU 25th Anniversary festivities on 11 November, pointing out that the year ahead represented an unprecedented opportunity to highlight the University's achievements and emphasis on quality teaching and research. In conjunction with the silver jubilee launch, a special anniversary website (www.cityu.edu.hk/cityu25) and the World-class University anniversary logo were also unveiled.

Dr Ellen Ko Law Yin-lan, Vice-President (Administration), is chairing the 25th Anniversary Organising Committee, and invites all staff members to offer possible suggestions of anniversary events that could be staged to mark the special occasion. Emails can be sent to the organising team at: cityu25@cityu.edu.hk.

Review panel
Four distinguished academics from US universities and a local expert will visit the School of Creative Media from 17-19 November. The purpose of the visit is to provide expert advice on the strategic direction of the school in order to enhance its academic programmes, focus its research agenda and target local preeminence and global leadership in the field.

Technology accolades
Three professors have been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which is widely regarded as the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Professor Keith Zhang Qitu, Department of Electronic Engineering, was nominated for his outstanding contributions in the area of wireless communications and distinguished services to IEEE. From the same department, Professor Man Kim-fung earned the fellowship for his contributions to evolutionary optimisation in industrial electronics. Professor Gary Feng Gang, Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management, was named for his contributions to theory and the application of fuzzy systems and control. CityU now boasts 11 IEEE Fellows.

English conference
The 14th Conference of the International Association for World Englishes will be held at CityU from 3-5 December. The conference theme is "World Englishes and World Languages: Convergence, Enrichment or Death?" What follows are a number of research topics under which the conference and the discussion on world Englishes can go forward. The conference convenor is Professor Jonathan Webster, Head of the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics.

Robotic surgery
A workshop entitled Exploring Microtechnologies for Surgery is to be hosted at CityU on 29 November. The workshop focuses on robotic surgery and will include a number of the world's most renowned experts in the field, including speakers who carried out the first autonomous robotic surgery two years ago. State-of-the-art technologies will also be presented with a view to stimulating discussion on new tools to be developed for surgery.

Art for charity
An art exhibition entitled "Home" will showcase student works from the School of Creative Media (SCM) and by artists from around the world, from
22 November to 5 December at Delay No Mall in Causeway Bay. The exhibition will raise funds for Sichuan earthquake victims. The exhibition is jointly organised by SCM Society of CityU, Art Fete Brings Hope, Oxfam and Retumu from Shenzhen.

Creative media plaudits
Prestigious awards and accolades have been earned by three School of Creative Media graduates; Choi Sai-ho, 2008 graduate of Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media, Siu Chi-man, 2005 graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative Media, and Hui Fong-wah, 2003 graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative Media. Choi Sai-ho was ranked eight among the top 20 musicians in Hong Kong by TimeOut Hong Kong. Siu Chi-man received the prestigious Asian Cultural Council Fellowship 2007, a twelve-month fellowship to conduct research on video and digital media in the US. Hui Fong-wah was named the Bloomberg Emerging Artist by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation.

Networking study
Dr Dou Wenyu, Associate Professor of Department of Marketing, won a Best Paper Award in the 2008 Marketing Science Conference, held in Xian, China. This prestigious conference attracts marketing scholars from all over China. The paper investigates consumers' attitudes towards advertising in online social networks. Co-authors of the paper included Assistant Professor Dr Wei Liyuan and Ms Huang Li (MPhil student) from the Department of Marketing, and Dr Zeng Fu E from Wuhan University.

Humanitarian award
Dr Yue Xiaodong, Associate Professor of Department of Applied Social Studies, was awarded the Outstanding Humanity Award organised by the International Association of Chinese Medical Specialists and Psychologists for recognition of his efforts in helping Sichuan earthquake victims.

Top papers
Ms Wong Po-yee, graduate of the BBA (Hons) Accountancy programme, and Mr Tsui Kam-yiu, graduate of the Master of Arts in Professional Accounting and Information Systems, received awards for professional papers in the ACCA examination June 2008 session. The awards are given to students who score the highest mark for a particular paper in Hong Kong.

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