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No. 16 17 May 2004


UGC comments on ADPs
The University Grants Committee (UGC) made an announcement on 10 May concerning the Academic Development Proposals (ADPs) submitted by the eight UGC-funded institutions for the 2005-08 triennium. CityU's proposal to make creative media a growth/priority area was endorsed. Out of the 840 top-up places for the second year intake that UGC allocated to the eight institutions, CityU received 210 places, the second largest number. Professor Edmond Ko, Vice-President (Undergraduate Education), said that though the first year intake remains the same, the second year intake has increased, so the overall intake expanded, and "this is a positive sign" The UGC has also endorsed CityU's proposal to start two new undergraduate programmes -- Criminology, and the Teaching of English. The latter will be a joint programme with the Hong Kong Institute of Education. In the light of the UGC's advice, the University will make internal adjustments of student places among faculties/schools. A report on student load matrix will be sent to the UGC on 5 June.


MB retreat
On 10 May, a total of 22 Management Board members and invited staff members attended a one-day retreat at CityU's Shenzhen Applied R & D Centre to brainstorm ideas and share views on the future direction of CityU's mainland activities and self-financing programmes.
The aim of expanding into the mainland is to establish the brand name of the University at the national level and to tap the large market for revenue generation. Three strategies were discussed at the retreat.

ĦE On research and taught postgraduate programmes: encourage collaboration with mainland insitutions in niche areas;

ĦE On undergraduate programmes: continue to do programmes in Hong Kong, but recruit mainland students for CityU's unique educational experience of whole person development;

ĦE On opportunities for manpower training: to offer through the School of Continuing and
Professional Education (SCOPE) and CityU Professional Services Ltd (CPS).

The incentive for offering self-financing programmes is to cushion the UGC cutback in funding. In running self-financing programmes, participants agreed that adjustments are called for in the current infrastructure, culture and mindset of staff. The keys to success, they affirmed, are quality programmes and successful marketing.

The University will set up steering groups to follow up on related issues.

Senior staff appointments
Professor L K Chan, currently Dean of the Faculty of Business has been re-appointed to serve another term of office from 1 August 2004 to 30 June 2006.

The University announces the appointment of Professor Hsianghoo Steve Ching as University Librarian. Currently Director of University Libraries and Professor of Business School in Feng Chia University, Taiwan, Professor Ching will formally assume duty on 2 August 2004. He visited the University from 12 to 18 May to meet with senior staff.


In search of Faculty Deans
The Search Groups for the appointment of Deans of the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and the School of Law are in the process of inviting applications and nominations both internally and outside the University. After suitable candidates have been identified by the Search Groups, the Selection Committees will approve the final shortlist based on the recommedations of the Search Groups. The search for a dean of the School of Creative Media is advancing well and expected to conclude this summer.


Two teams of students studying the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative Media in the School of Creative Media won in the Cyberport Website Design Competition (Tertiary Section). Champions: David Cheung Wai Sun, Cecilia Hui Long Wai and Mahbubani Vivek Ashok; First runners up: Will Lam Sai Ho, Lisa Cheung Wing Shan and Gloria Cheung Yeuk Yin.

New programme
CityU and the Univeristy of Paris Dauphine signed a cooperation agreement on 13 May to offer Hong Kong's first ever joint degree programme -- Master of Science (MSc) in Mathematics for Finance and Actuarial Science. The new postgraduate programme will be launched in September this year and the award will be jointly issued by both univeristies.


Conferences & Forum
"Asia Pacific Economies: Multilateral vs Bilateral Relationships," 19-21 May, organized by Faculty of Business's APEC Study Centre.

"Technology Transfer Forum" -- Advances in Structural Engineering for Cost Saving,?21 May, 2:30?:10 pm, Hong Kong Productivity Council Building, organized by the Technology Transfer Office.

"The First Encounter Between China and the West: The Spanish Link," 21 May, organized by the Department of English and Communication, in collaboration with the Consulate of Spain and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong.

"Recent Advances in International Trade III: Intellectual Property Protection and International Trade," 24-25 May, organized by the Department of Economics and Finance.

"International Conference on Mathematics and Its Applications," 28-31 May, organized by the Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences.


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