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No. 47 5 September 2005


Signing ceremony for Shenzhen Outpost
The Shenzhen Outpost, CityU's base for applied research, incubation and teaching activities on the mainland, moves one step closer to fruition this week with the formal signing of an agreement between CityU and the Shenzhen Municipality Government. A delegation of senior officials from Shenzhen, CityU representatives and officials from the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in HKSAR, will attend the Agreement Signing Ceremony on 6 September at CityU. Professor H K Chang, President, and Mr Liu Yingli, Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen Municipality Government, will give speeches. Professor David Tong, Deputy President, and Mr Lin Bo, Vice Director General, Administrative Office of Shenzhen High-tech Industrial Park, will act as signatories. The agreement heralds a new era in relations with the mainland. The Shenzhen Outpost will enable the University to further fulfill its role to expand its applied research activities and promote training on the mainland. At the end of the signing ceremony, delegates will visit the Wireless Communications Research Centre.


University Day cum CityU Banquet
CityU will hold the University Day cum CityU Banquet on the evening of 21 October (Friday). This will be an opportunity to lift spirits, enhance a sense of campus community, and unify University stakeholders.

The Council has designated 22 October, the day of the inaugural ceremony for City Polytechnic in 1984, as University Anniversary Day, but because 22 October is a Saturday this year, and this is the first year the University has held a formal anniversary day, Professor H K Chang, President, has agreed that the University collaborates with the Studentsˇ¦ Union to transform the CityU Banquet into a wider event. Professor Y S Wong, Vice-President (Administration), is chairing the Preparatory Committee.


Guiding principles of academic links with the mainland
The Management Board approved four guiding principles at its meeting on 16 August for establishing future collaborative links with higher education institutions on the mainland. This follows discussions at the Steering Committee on Mainland China Policies that a set of principles was a crucial factor in the process of selecting appropriate partner institutions as part of CityU's outreach efforts on the mainland to achieve the status the University deserves.

The first principle is that CityU should choose partner institutions directly under the authority of the Ministry of Education, institutions listed under the "211" and "985" projects, and those universities in the proximity. The second is that academic exchange links established at the faculty/departmental level should adhere to the list drawn up in the first principle. The third is that faculty/departmental level academic links can be established with institutions which are directly administered by the provincial/municipality government, and those considered very strong in professional areas of specialization and/or major subjects. The fourth is that establishing academic links with newly established private institutions, adult education institutions/ schools, and self-financed colleges/schools of universities should be considered very carefully at both institutional and faculty/departmental levels.


Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning
A plenary session on Outcomes Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) was held on 2 September. Professor John Biggs, an expert in constructive alignment and Principal Consultant of the OBTL Project, addressed the session. OBTL is a key institution-wide project for the University arising from discussions in the Quality Assurance Committee on the recent Teaching and Learning Quality Process Review exercise. Professor Richard Ho, Dean of Undergraduate Education, working with the committee, collected input from the Working Group on Constructive Alignment. The Committee then proposed a corporate approach for implementing OBTL at CityU which was approved by Senate. By the end of 2006, all programme aims and objectives and course objectives should be reconstructed to reflect desirable, measurable learning outcomes and constructive alignment in the programme curriculum.


Website for new staff
The Office of the Chief Information Officer has collaborated with various academic support and administrative units to launch a website specially designed for new staff. The user-friendly website contains pertinent information that new staff need to know, such as information about teaching, learning, and research at CityU, e-tools and the physical campus, as well as human resources and related academic policies. It can be accessed via the University e-Portal or at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/stafforientation.


SoftEnable Technology Ltd, an associate company of CityU Enterprises, won the Platinum Award of 2005 Hong Kong Outstanding Software Applications Competition,organized by Oracle, HP and Intel. Professor Horace Ip, Dr Ken Law, and Dr S L Chan received the award (Manufacturing Category) at the presentation ceremony held at the Mandarin Hotel on 22 August.


More Kudos
Four students from the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management won the Siemens (Automation and Drives Division) Student Project Award in August for their innovative use of Siemens' RFID equipment in the development of a mobile robotic navigation system. The successful students are But Tsz-ho, Chan Tat-wai, Ho Wing-hei and Ng Man-chun.


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