climbs in world rankings
CityU has shot up the rankings of the world's most prestigious educational
institutions, according to The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).
The University leapt 20 places from 198 last year to 178 in the Times
Higher Education 2005 World University Rankings released recently. CityU
is one of four universities in Hong Kong in the top 200. It broke into
the list of the top 100 technology universities for the first time, ranked
90. It is also one of four local universities ranked in the top 100 social
science universities. The THES findings confirm that CityU has attained
international recognition in both teaching and research.
The 2005 Congregation will
take place from 8 to 11 and 15 to 16 November. Through its provision of
quality professional education, CityU this year has nurtured 7,462 graduates.
Of this group, 2,166 are the first batch of graduates from the Community
College of City University.
The University will also
confer honorary degrees on Mr Ronald Arculli, Chairman
of the Hong Kong Jockey Club (Honorary Doctor of Social Science); Mrs
Rita Fan, President of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR (Honorary
Doctor of Social Science); Professor Henry T Yang, Chancellor
of the University of California, Santa Barbara (Honorary Doctor of Engineering);
and Mr Zhang Yimou, a distinguished film director (Honorary
Doctor of Letters).
Development Forum on campus development
The University will hold a
University Forum on 24 November to discuss CityU's campus development.
Professor H K Chang, University President; Professor
David Tong, Deputy President; and Professor Y S Wong,
Vice-President (Administration), will chair the session, which will take
place in the Wei Hing Theatre, Amenities Building, from noon to
CityU strives to provide
a pleasant ambience for staff and students, and the management continues
to review proposals to improve teaching, research and other facilities
to help alleviate overcrowding and prepare for the four-year curriculum.
Discussions on new construction projects within the University community
have already begun and the Council's Executive Committee has agreed recently
to recommend to the full Council plans to proceed with the construction
of two buildings, in addition to the Creative Media Centre. The Forum
will present these plans, which include proposed site locations for the
new Community College Building and the Academic-administrative Building
for the four-year curriculum, to the University community and seek feedback
from staff and students. All views will be conveyed to the Council prior
to its next meeting when these proposals will be considered. All staff
and students are welcome.
The Value for Money (VFM) Steering
Committee is holding an open forum on Friday, 18 November from 10am to
11am in Lecture Theatre 7 to discuss VFM matters. The University is committed
to the pursuit of VFM as an integral part of its strategy. The intention
is to promulgate a VFM culture so that departments can achieve better
VFM and to ensure public accountability. At the forum, consultants from
a leading education industry consulting group, PhillipsKPA, invited by
the University to share their views and experience on VFM, will discuss:
what is VFM; how is VFM achieved; what are the key preconditions for successful
VFM activity; what are the roles of the PhillipsKPA consultants at CityU,
and what have they done so far; what conclusions have they reached at
this time; what do other universities do in relation to VFM; and where
to go from here. For enquiries, email to VFMcom@cityu.edu.hk.
double degree programme
The Department of Building
and Construction and the School of Law are introducing a pioneering double
degree programme in construction and law, one that creates a unique synergy
for both professions. The first intake will be in 2006-07.
receive QEF funding
Four members of staff secured
HK$1.68m in the 8th round of the Quality Education Fund (QEF) from the
Education and Manpower Bureau. The projects, all based in local secondary
and primary schools, aim to improve the quality of science education,
web-based education, English language teaching, and discipline and counselling
in local secondary and primary schools. The recipients are Dr
Fung Wing-hong, Ivan, Lecturer, Department
of Building and Construction; Professor (Chair) Horace Ip,
Department of Computer Science;
Professor (Chair) Yan Hong, Department
of Electronic Engineering; and Dr Wong Sing-wing,
Dennis, Associate Professor, Department
of Applied Social Studies.
Professor Richard Ho,
Dean of Undergraduate Education, has been appointed by the Chief Executive
of the HKSAR as member of the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation,
effective 1 October 2005 to 30 September 2006.
hostel rated Excellent
The newly completed Student
Hostel Phase III achieved a rating of Excellent in the Hong Kong Building
Environmental Assessment Method (HK-BEAM) last month. Operated by the
Business Environment Council, the HK-BEAM is a widely recognized industry
benchmark for the environmental sustainability of buildings in Hong Kong.
Dr Kenji Yum,
a PhD graduate from the Department
of Electronic Engineering, has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence
in the 2005 Hong Kong Young Scientist Awards organised by the Hong Kong
Institution of Science. This is the first time a CityU student has been
honoured with this award.
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