To realize the benefits to the University as Hong Kong
prepares to move to a four-year degree structure, Professor H
K Chang, President, will be chairing a University-wide Steering
Committee on Planning for the Four-Year Normative Degree Structure, with
membership to be announced soon. The Steering Committee will examine the
full range of issues to ensure that the University is well poised to the
enhancement of higher education experience under the new structure, including
and not limited to curriculum design and implementation, capital projects,
budgetary provision and staffing needs.
Placing the University in the best position to introduce the new degree
structure, and at the same time to maintain the University's momentum
in enriching undergraduate education and enhancing student learning, a
new organization structure for the portfolio of efforts currently shouldered
by Professor Edmond Ko, Vice-President for Undergraduate
Education and Dean of Students, will take effect from 1 April.
Two deanship positions will be created to head the two lines of separate
and yet interlocking areas of work. Professor Richard Ho,
currently Professor (Chair) of Finance, will assume the position of Dean
of Undergraduate Education. His office will be responsible for academic
policies and administration related to undergraduate studies, including
the co-ordination of student recruitment and support of quality assurance.
Professor Ho will oversee the Admissions Office, the Academic Regulations
and Records Office, the English Language Centre, the Chinese Civilisation
Centre, the Chinese Language Unit and the Division of Building Science
and Technology. Professor Lilian Vrijmoed, currently
Professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry and a two-time winner
of Teaching Excellence Award, will assume the position of the Dean of
Student Learning. Professor Vrijmoed will oversee Student Development
Services (SDS) and the Education Development Office (EDO) which will be
reorganized to include among its functions the new role in coordinating
the University's e-learning initiative.
In view of the importance of having more international and non-local students
on campus for the benefit of local students, the External Liaison and
Cooperation Office will undertake, in addition to its current functions,
the promotion of the undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes
and the recruitment of such students outside of Hong Kong. A new unit,
the International and Non-local Students Office, will also be created
within the SDS to provide one-stop services to these students after they
have been admitted.
Professor Ko, after relinquishing his current portfolio on 31 March, will
serve as Special Advisor to the President, while retaining the rank of
a Vice-President until 30 June. He will advise the President on matters
related to the University's preparation for the four-year degree structure,
and other major initiatives.
admission to Bachelor's degree programmes
Invitation for direct application for admission to 2005 Entry Undergraduate,
Taught Postgraduate and Associate Degree programmes started on 14 January;
application for admission under the Special Admission Scheme to Bachelor's
degree programmes commenced on 7 February.
For 2005 entry, a target of 400 senior-year places in total, including
the 210 places allocated to the University by the Government, are open
Associate Degree students who graduate this summer and are interested
in pursuing further studies at CityU are welcome to apply through the
University's Special Admission Scheme. Students who would like to know
more about application procedures may seek the help of the Admissions
Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who need advice on the
choice of programmes may seek the help of the respective programme leaders.
Professor H K Chang and the University management team are available to
hear students' concerns and facilitate their plans for further advancement.
This year, 33 Government-funded programmes are offered under the Special
Admissions Scheme. Among the 33 programmes, 14 are in the Faculty of Business,
7 in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, 11 in the Faculty
of Science and Engineering and 1 in the School of Creative Media. A new
Associate Degree articulation programme on Criminology, proposed by the
University and endorsed by the UGC, is on the list. In recognition of
applicants' prior studies, credit transfers will be made upon admission.
Further information is available at www.cityu.edu.hk/prospectus.
Professor H K Chang received a letter dated 3 February
from Mr Zhang Baoqing, Vice-Minister of the Ministry
of Education, agreeing to include the eight UGC-funded Hong Kong universities
on the list of the first batch of the nation¡¦s foremost higher-education
institutions, with effect this year. This decision allows the University
to recruit outstanding mainland high-school graduates in 17 provinces
and cities through the same procedures and methods used by the mainland's
foremost higher-education institutions. The Ministry of Education will
provide training, in late March, to personnel involved so they will better
understand marketing approaches and admission procedures and methods for
recruiting students on the mainland.
In response to the new arrangement, the External Liaison and Cooperation
Office, together with various departments and offices, is now preparing
to initiate admissions and promotion work on the mainland from March to
CityU raised HK$392,660 for UNICEF, between 6 January
and 7 February, to provide education kits for tsunami-affected children.
The sum collected in the second round of donations (received from 15 January)
came to HK$38,130. It will soon be transferred to UNICEF, adding to the
HK$354,530 cheque presented on 24 January by Professor Y S Wong,
Convenor of the CityU Support Group for South Asian Tsunami Victims, and
Mr Douglas Wong, then Acting President of the Students'
Union. That amount resulted from the first round of donations, collected
from 6 to 14 January.
Nominated by Associate Professor Dr Julian Lai,
Mr Wong Chi-kin, Kenchi, a graduate of the Department
of Applied Social Studies, won the Occupational Safety and Health Best
Project Award for the Academic Year 2003-04. Kenchi's award-winning paper
"Occupational Stress, Moderators, and Adaptational Outcomes Among
Public Bus Drivers in Hong Kong" is his dissertation paper for the
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.