Committee for a new president
The Executive Committee of the University Council will
meet in early January to establish the Search Committee for a new president
of City University of Hong Kong. The Search Committee, to be chaired by
the Chairman of the Council, will comprise the council Chairman, three
other members of the Executive committee and three members of the Senate.
Professor H K Chang,
University President, has announced that he will retire in May 2007, by
which time he will have served CityU for 11 years. He informed the Executive
Committee in June this year that he intended to retire when his contract
expires on 30 April 2007. At the Council meeting held on 28 November,
Professor Chang urged Council members to form a Search Committee as quickly
Based Teaching and Learning
As part of its plan to implement Outcomes Based Teaching
and Learning (OBTL) in all academic programmes, the University will hold
a series of 16 workshops from 16 January to 2 March. These sessions address
the central issue of how to implement OBTL at CityU. A team of international
consultants will facilitate discussions on designing teaching and learning
activities (TLAs) to align with intended learning outcomes (ILOs); theories
on assessing ILOs; designing assessment methods to align with ILOs; providing
constructive feedback; assessing ILOs in large classes; and many more.
Professor John Biggs, an expert in constructive alignment and
the principal consultant on the OBTL project, will give a plenary session
on 11 January. His talk will focus on designing TLAs and assessment to
align with course ILOs. The plenary has been organized by the Office of
the Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Quality Assurance Committee.
The University, together with
Feng Chia University and National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, spearheaded
the launch of the "Super eBook Consortium" on 14 December 2005. The
Consortium, a group of 48 university libraries in Hong Kong and Taiwan,
is partnering up with the world's largest ebook provider, the Online
Computer Library Centre (OCLC), to establish the "Super eBook Collection".
Offering over 50,000 volumes of ebooks, the consortium's ebook collection
is the largest and the most comprehensive of its kind in the Asia-Pacific
Flu and campus arrangements
Group on Prevention of Avian Flu (Ad-hoc Group) has outlined arrangements
for examinations and the student residences in the event of an outbreak
of avian flu. This move falls in line with the Government's three-level
response system to the health threat and affects University examinations,
which end 24 December. The University has activated the 'alert' level
of its response system which means students are advised to wear face masks
during exams if their temperature exceeds 38¢XC or if they have any symptoms
of influenza. Please visit the University's avian flu website at www.cityu.edu.hk/avianflu/
for more details.
The Risk Management
Committee has received a report from the University of Melbourne team
that visited CityU in October to share its experiences of risk management.
The report details the team's recommendations on risk management. The
Committee held a brief preliminary meeting to discuss the report and will
forward it to the Chairman of the Management Board, Professor
H K Chang, University President. CityU takes the issue of risk
management seriously and is keen to learn from teams at other universities
to ensure CityU continues to thrive as a centre of excellence. The team
from Melbourne was invited by the Committee, which was appointed by the
President in response to a proposal from the Audit Committee in April
this year that the MB introduced a risk management policy and associated
mechanisms to identify and monitor risks.
Professor (Chair) S T Lee, Department
of Physics and Materials Science, has been named an Academician of
the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for his outstanding
contributions to the fields of nanomaterials and nanoscience, nanodiamond
and thin film technology, and organic electroluminscence.
An MFA graduate from the School
of Creative Media, Sheetal Agarwal, won the Best
Documentary KODAK Award at the 20th Fort Lauderdale International Film
Festival Student Competition in the US in November with Ordinary Lives.
Her award-winning film highlights the social, cultural and political issues
that affect the lives a family of ten living in a slum in Mumbai. It was
screened at the Golden Lion International Film Festival in October in
Swaziland and will be screened at this month's India International Women's
Film Festival and the Delray Beach Film Festival in Florida in March 2006.
Liu Zhiqiang of the School
of Creative Media and the School's first PhD graduate, Dr
S C Zhang, won the Best Paper Award at the Asia-Pacific Workshop
on Visual Information Processing (VIP '05) which was held at CityU, 12
December. The workshop was co-sponsored by IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Society; the University of Sydney and CityU.
Li Pei, a
PhD student in the Department of
Electronic Engineering, has won the Best Student Paper Award at the
2005 Asia Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC 2005) in Suzhou, 4¡V7 December.
His paper was on "Novel Wideband Dual-frequency Patch Antenna Array
for Dual-polarization Operation". It was one of four best student
papers selected from 309 students of 40 countries.
Professor (Chair) Eden
Yu, Head of the Department
of Economics and Finance, will be a keynote speaker at an international
conference entitled "Open political-economic systems: globalization
and institutional change" in Beijing, 21¡V22 December, organized
by Waseda University of Japan and Renmin University of China.
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