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No. 46 15 August 2005


JUPAS admission for 2005
CityU has performed well in this year's Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) Admissions Exercise. The average admission score of new students recruited through the main round JUPAS offer has hit a record high of 10.34, representing a rise of
4.66% over that of last year and 13.37% over that of 2001. About 80% of the entrants admitted to CityU's UGC-funded bachelor's degree programmes placed our programmes in their Band A choices. The encouraging results show that CityU's focus on professional, quality education is being recognized.


Student Orientation 2005
The University is preparing to welcome over 4,000 new students this year. A range of orientation and induction programmes will be organized by the Student Development Services and other units to help new students adapt to life at CityU.

The University Welcoming Ceremony will be held from 29 to 31 August in the Chan Tai Ho Multi-purpose Hall, followed by faculty/departmental orientation activities. For details, please visit: www.cityu.edu.hk/orientation. Semester A starts on 5 September.


Unveiling ceremony of Yuan Yunsheng murals
Two murals will be mounted on the walls of the main entrance foyer of the University on the third floor of the Academic Building. Professor Yuan Yunsheng, Vice-Director of the Academic Committee of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, used the themes of humanity and technologies as inspiration for the two 10m x 4m murals.

All students and staff members are invited to the Unveiling Ceremony of the Murals to be held at 4 pm, 26 August (Friday), at the entrance foyer of the Academic Building. Mr Chuang Shih Ping, Chairman of the Hong Kong Culture Association; Professor Pan Gongkai, President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts; Professor Yuan; and University President Professor H K Chang will officiate at the Ceremony. Meanwhile, an exhibition of Professor Yuan's paintings will be on display at the CityU Gallery until 10 September.


New research centres
Three new Faculty Research Centres have been established. The Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (ACIM) has been formed by the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the School of Creative Media. Headed by Chair Professor K M Liew in the Department of Building and Construction, ACIM will form a campus-wide supercomputing IT and digital media hub to serve as a focal point for all aspects of high-performance computing at the University and provide production computing resources to students and staff.

The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Study has been established by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHS). Its emphasis on intelligent application of language studies includes research withglobal partners in comparative language studies, corpus-based studies, and intelligent computing with meaning. Dr Jonathan Webster, Head of Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, has been appointed Acting Centre Director. The Centre is named after the internationally honoured linguist Professor M A K Halliday, who will serve as an Adviser.

The Centre for Communication Research (CCR) also set up by the FHS will focus on media communication studies and applied professional discourse studies under an overall research theme of "Communication, Media, Technology, and Discourse: Re-orienting Asia in a Global Context". CCR, led by Chair Professor C C Lee in the Department of English and Communication, aims to establish CityU as an internationally and regionally recognized centre in the field.


External funding for research projects
CityU researchers in the Departments of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics; Biology and Chemistry; Electronic Engineering; and Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management have been awarded external grants worth over HK$831,000 from various sources for research projects ranging from Putonghua learning software and developmental pharmacology to digital amplification and soft measurement of temperature distribution.


Senior staff appointment
Professor Michel Andre Van Hove
has been appointed Professor (Chair) of Physics, and concurrently Head of Department of Physics and Materials Science. Professor Van Hove assumes duty on 15 August.

Dr Daniel W C Ho has been appointed Acting Head of Department of Mathematics with effect from 8 August.


Dr Andrew Leung, Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2005 IEEE Transactions on Multimedia Prize Paper Award for his paper titled "The Plenoptic Illumination Function"


More Kudos
Ms Apple Fok Wai-ping, a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science, won the best paper award at the 9th Annual Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education for her paper "Adaptive User Interface for Personalized Education based on Hidden Markov Model"


Student athletes
Five CityU students, who went through a demanding screening procedure with the Hong Kong Post-Secondary Colleges Athletic Association, were selected to join the Hong Kong, China Delegation. They will attend the 23rd Universiade held at Izmir, Turkey, from 11 to 21 August, competing in fencing, swimming, taekwondo and volleyball events


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