Joint Advanced Research Centre
The opening ceremony of the University of Science and Technology of ChinaˇVCity
University of Hong Kong Joint Advanced Research Centre in Suzhou was held
on 17 October. It was officiated by Professor Zhu Qingshi,
President of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC);
Professor Hou Jianguo, Deputy President of USTC; Mr
Wang Jinhua, Vice-Secretary of Suzhou Municipal People's Government
and Secretary of Suzhou Industrial Park Working Committee; Mr
Pan Yunguan, Deputy Secretary of Suzhou Industrial Park Working
Committee; Professor H K Chang, CityU President; and
Professor David Tong, CityU Deputy President.
The Centre, located in Suzhou
Industrial Park, marks an important milestone in advancing CityU's research
base in the Yangtze River Delta. It allows the two universities to work
together on research projects, supervise and teach research students,
and furnish professional training opportunities. The Centre will focus
on areas such as nanotechnology, nanomaterials, environmental science,
information technology, engineering management, applied mathematics and
for Shenzhen Outpost
A CityU delegation led by Professor David Tong, Deputy
President, and Shenzhen officials led by Mr Liu Yingli,
Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, attended the milestone
groundbreaking ceremony on 13 October for the University's Shenzhen Outpost
in the Shenzhen Virtual University Science Park. Joining Professor Tong
and Mr Liu to officiate at the ceremony were Professor Y S Wong,
Vice-President (Administration), Professor Roderick Wong,
Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Mr James Ng, Executive Director
of CityU Extension, Mr Lin Bo, Vice- Director General,
Administrative Office of Shenzhen High-tech Industrial Park, Mr
Li Zhenping, Director of Administrative Centre of Shenzhen Virtual
University Park, and Mr Hong Hailing, Vice-Director of
Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau.
CityU is preparing to invite
tenders for project management and initial architectural design. The Shenzhen
Outpost is expected to be completed within 24 months.
for Money project
Consultants from PhillipsKPA,
the independent educational consultancy group based in Melbourne appointed
to assist the University's Value for Money (VFM) project, met last week
with 17 heads of department as well as the Convenor and members of the
VFM Steering Committee.
Initial observations concerning
a general review of resource allocation in the University in terms of
mechanisms, policies and procedures in academic and administrative departments
for achieving VFM have been presented to the Management Board and the
Council's Audit Committee. These observations include, among others, that
the University is fundamentally well run and that there is University-wide
intention among departments to achieve quality. It was also observed that
the culture of "Do more with less" is popular among administrative
and academic support departments and that many examples of operational
good practice in academic and non-academic departments were identified.
The consultants looked into the utilization of human resources, facilities
resources, and financial resources, including investment policy.
A formal report will be presented
to the University towards the end of the year. The consultants will revisit
CityU on 14 November to initiate the next stage of the project which will
focus on VFM education. The consultants are expected to make recommendations
on bridging any gaps that have been identified.
Day cum CityU Banquet
More than 2,000 Council members,
teaching and administrative staff, students, and alumni are expected to
celebrate the University Day cum CityU Banquet on the evening of 21 October
(Friday). Guests will include Dr Norman Leung, University
Pro-Chancellor, and Sir Gordon Wu, Council Chairman.
There will be special ceremonies during the evening to mark University
Anniversary Day, which falls on 22 October, as well as entertainment provided
by staff and students.
This is the first year the
University has held a formal anniversary day and the University is collaborating
with the Students' Union to transform this year's CityU Banquet into a
Ceremony for Practice Gym 3
In appreciation of the support
and generous donation to the University from Mr and Mrs David
Hui Yip-wing, the University will name Practice Gymnasium 3 as
Winling Practice Gymnasium. A naming ceremony will be held on 28 October.
Following the ceremony, the Winling Team and CityU Team will play a friendly
basketball match. Mr Hui is an LLM Chinese & Comparative Law graduate
and co-chairs the Alumni Donations Committee.
Casual Day 2005
A total of $13,495.70 has been
raised by staff and students to support the Community Chest's Dress Casual
Day held on 30 September. Donations will go to the Chest's Family and
Child Welfare Services.
Mr Zeng Jia,
a PhD student in the School of Creative Media, has won first prize in
the IEEE Region 10 Student Paper Contest (Postgraduate Section) for his
paper "Type-2 Fuzzy Hidden Markov Models and Their Applications to
CityU was awarded a certificate
last month under the voluntary Fresh Water Plumbing Quality Maintenance
Recognition Scheme run by the Water Supplies Department, acknowledgment
that the University's fresh water supplies comply with international safety
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