Council Chairman Sir Gordon Wu held a forum on 15 April,
between 12:30pm and 2pm, with staff to talk about the university's role
and future development. About 300 staff attended the forum.
salary points for Asst / Assoc Prof Grade
At its meeting on 14 April, the Council approved with
immediate effect the addition of four discretionary salary points above
the salary scales of Assistant Professor and Associate Professors (effective
from 1 July 2004) to provide the flexibility needed to attract deserving
candidates. The offer shall be made on an exceptional basis, subject to
the approval of a Central Committee to be set up. The Committee will be
chaired by the Deputy President (DP); members are to include one relevant
Dean and one Dean selected by the DP on a case-by-case basis.
Following the adoption of
the new salary scales effective from 1 July 2004 with reduced salary points
for new academic staff, some academic departments have encountered difficulty
in attracting well-qualified candidates for Assistant Professorship and
Associate Professorship. To maintain CityU's competitiveness, the Council
decided that departments are allowed to offer new appointees an "off-scale/range"
salary of up to four discretionary salary points (B12 to B15) above the
top point of the Assistant Professor scale and (A3 to A6) of the Associate
Professor scale. Fringe benefits shall remain the same as those associated
with the original salary ranges.
At its meeting on 14 April, the Council granted
approval for one of the University's lecture theatres to be named "SAE
Magnetics Lecture Theatre" in recognition of the contribution and
support of SAE Magnetics (HK) Limited to CityU. The company donated HK$3
million to CityU to support the work of the Faculty
of Science and Engineering (FSE), especially for students' industrial
training. A long-term industrial partner of the University, SAE has provided
more than 180 training places to FSE students since the launch of the
Industrial Attachment Scheme in 2000. It has also donated over HK$1.4
million to support various scholarship programmes and research projects
of the University.
The average income of CityU's bachelor's and associate
degree graduates in 2004 rose 7.8% and 7.6% respectively, according to
the Graduate Employment Survey 2004 conducted by the Career Centre of
the Student Development Services.
A total of 2,242 bachelor's
degree graduates responded to the University's graduate employment survey,
a response rate of 94.6%. The survey showed that 96.2% of them were engaged
in employment or further studies by the end of 2004. The gross monthly
income was $9,411, which represented an increase of 7.8% from $8,733 in
In addition, 418 associate
degree graduates from the School of Creative Media and the Division of
Building Science and Technology responded to the survey, a response rate
of 94.8%. Associate degree graduates reported an increase of 7.6% in their
income to HK$7,929 in 2004 compared to HK$7,372 in 2003. About 96% of
associate degree graduates were engaged in employment or further studies.
Services Strategic Plan
The Committee of Information Services and Technology,
led by Dr Jerry Yu, Chief Information Officer, has unveiled
the Information Services Strategic Plan 2005-2010 for consultation. The
Plan aims to enhance effective communication and access to information
to support student learning, research and administration.
The Plan addresses four key
areas: (1) full-scale deployment of the Blackboard Academic Suite as the
unified e-learning platform; (2) close collaboration between the Library
and the Computing Services Centre to deliver content to end-users in a
timely manner for successful knowledge management; (3) re-examination
of administrative work processes to ensure proper use of institutional
data; capability to process data in Chinese has to be developed; and (4)
a proper Web and portal strategy to promote the University's image externally
and to enhance internal information dissemination. Please see www.cityu.edu.hk/cio/cist/
for details of the Plan.
Mr Ahmed Sharif, a PhD student supervised
by Professor (Chair) Y C Chan in the Department
of Electronic Engineering, received the Young Award at the 2004 International
Conference on Electronic Packaging for his paper "Effect of Aging
on the Interfacial Reaction of BGA Sn-Ag-Cu and Sn-Ag Solders with Ni(P)/Au
Surface Finish on Pad".
Three Associate of Science graduates, Chan Yip-kan
(Division of Building Science and
Technology), Lai Chung-sum and Ng Kwok-kit
(Division of Computer Studies)
were selected as Outstanding Engineering Students by the Hong Kong Institution
of Engineers. Each awardee received a certificate and a cash prize of
HK$3,000 at a prize presentation ceremony held in February.
The Department of
Chinese, Translation and Linguistics and the Centre for Cross-Culutral
Studies jointly present an "International Conference on Translation,
Literature, and Cross-Cultural Understanding", 22-23 April at Room
G7619, 7/F Academic Building.
The School of Law is organizing
an "International Conference on Human Rights and Development : Approaches
to the Reform of Governance in Asia", 9-10 May.
"Freshly Made Burial Objects -- Mister Ying Reborn"
is now on display in the CityU Gallery until 16 May. Opening hours are
Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm.
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