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                                                                                                                                                                       Volume           18
                                                                                                    Published by City University of Hong Kong                           February 2003

                English Section            Department in Focus 1                          Research News 3                         Applied R & D 6
                                           Graduate Studies Forum 8                       Graduate Studies News 9

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                Department in Focus
                International Expertise, Local Relevance
                D    rawing on local and international expertise to inform
                      political and policy debates in Hong Kong, mainland China
                and the East Asian region as whole is a key focus of CityU’s
                                                                                                         many SA staff teach at the Civil Service
                                                                                                         Training and Development Institute, and the Department has
                                                                                                         representatives on the Central Policy Unit and the hospital and
                Department of Public and Social Administration (SA), says Head                           housing authorities. “We are very linked into the key policy
                of Department and Chair Professor Ian Holliday. Prof Holliday,                           and delivery agents in Hong Kong,” says Prof Holliday.
                who was appointed Head in 2002 and was previously Acting
                                                                                                             Part of the Department’s strength in contributing to policy
                Head from February 2001, says, “the Department has a mission
                                                                                                         and politics in the region is its expertise in China studies. “I
                to contribute to political debate and policy analysis in Hong
                                                                                                         would say that more than half of our staff are working on China
                Kong, but without being parochial about it as many of the things
                                                                                                         studies,” says Associate Head and Associate Professor Dr Hon
                we want to contribute are drawn from our comparative research,
                                                                                                         Chan. This includes studies in local-central relations, social
                so we’re bringing wider lessons to bear.”
                                                                                                         security and welfare, politics, civil service reforms, and rural
                     Prof Holliday believes the Department has an important                              and enterprise reforms.
                role to play in the local community, and SA has fostered strong
                                                                                                              Building on this focus and strong links with the Chinese
                links with relevant bodies to help achieve this. For example,
                                                                                                         mainland, the Department plans to launch a Master of Public
                                                                                                         Administration (MPA) in mid-2003 that will be delivered
                                                                                                         through universities in the Pearl River Delta region. In 2001,
                                                                                                         China launched a nationwide drive to enhance the knowledge
                                                                                                         and skills of its public administrators through national MPAs at
                                                                                                         24 institutions. CityU’s programme will be offered at Zhongshan
                                                                                                         University, acknowledged as a leading public administration
                                                                                                         institution in China, and Shenzhen University. “We took a
                                                                                                         strategic decision to deliver the programme within the Pearl
                                                                                                         River Delta region as we have a comparative advantage there,”
                                                                                                         says Prof Holliday. The proximity means that SA staff can deliver
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                                                                                                    Prof Ian Holliday (left) and Dr Hon Chan
                Newsletter Advisory Board
                Prof David Tong, Vice-President (Academic Affairs) • Prof Y V Hui, Acting Dean, School of Graduate Studies •
                Mr Bryan Bachner, School of Law • Prof Ferdinand Gul, Department of Accountancy • Dr Robert Neather,
                Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics • Dr Bruce Richardson, Department of Biology and Chemistry •
                Miss Connie Yuen, representative from CityU Postgraduate Association                                                   The Editorial Board welcomes articles,
                                                                                                                                       photos and ideas. Please send your
                Editorial Board                                                                                                        contributions to Ms Belinda Luk
                Mrs Linda Cheng, Research Grants Office • Ms Vicki Geall, Research Grants Office •                                     c/o School of Graduate Studies
                Ms Belinda Luk, School of Graduate Studies • Mr H Y Wong, Technology Transfer Office                                   (Fax: 2788-7097; E-mail:
           Department in Focus

    the courses during weekend sessions, allowing full participation     Studies, which benefits from the Department’s research strengths
    by the Department and close contact with the students.               and strong practitioner links in this field.

         “What sets the CityU MPA apart from the national one,”              The Department has a small but strong cohort of research
    says Prof Holliday, “is its aim to fuse the best of East and West    students from Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas
    and bring a lot of Western experience to bear on the                 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, India and South Korea.
    contemporar y c hallenges that face Chinese public                   Research studies range across the Department’s different focuses,
    administration.” “Apart from making a contribution to China,         with particular emphasis on China studies, explains Dr Chan,
    launching the MPA is also beneficial to our staff,” says Dr Chan,    and the work of overseas students tends to be comparative in
    “because we will extend our contacts and the students will be        nature between Hong Kong or China and their home country.
    government officials with 10 to 20 years’ experience in China,
                                                                              In May, SA will undertake a self-initiated research assessment
    so as well as teaching them we can learn from them.”
                                                                         exercise, based on the models from Hong Kong and the UK.
         The Department offers a well-established master’s degree        Six experts from Australia, Hong Kong, the UK and the USA
    programme at CityU: the MA in Public Policy and Management.          will assess research in the Department for the 1999–2002
    This part-time programme attracts professionals with experience      period. “They will give us their view of how the Department as
    in the public sector, including those working in government          a collective unit is performing, but they’ll also add onto that a
    agencies, public bodies, and non-government organisations.           series of individual profiles so that it will be formative and
    “They hope to get intellectual enrichment and academic               developmental for individuals as well as the Department,” says
    challenges,” says Prof Holliday, “and also I think they hope for     Prof Holliday. Another initiative in the Department is the Student
    a career boost.”                                                     Experience and Enhancement Development Fund, which will
                                                                         enable all full-time undergraduate students to have the
         Research and teaching in SA, the largest public
                                                                         opportunity to travel abroad and study.
    administration academic department in Hong Kong, focus on
    public policy and public management (which underpin much                  The Department has all the fundamentals in place for a
    of the work), political science and international relations, and     successful future, says Prof Holliday. It has strong taught
    applied philosophy and ethics. The China studies theme cuts          programmes and highly qualified students entering at
    across many of these areas. Specific research streams that are       undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research degree levels.
    strong in the Department include housing, education and              “I think that the internal RAE is going to demonstrate that we’re
    healthcare policy; models of governance in East and Southeast        now a self-confident research department,” says Prof Holliday.
    Asia; moral education and healthcare ethics; Hong Kong               “We have a number of areas in which we’re building an
    government and politics; and theories of democratisation. As         international prominence, and research is something everyone
    well as offering a Bachelor of Social Science in Policy Studies      in the Department is committed to.”
    and Administration, SA also has a part-time BA in Housing
                                                                                                                            — Vicki Geall

    2002 Higher Education Review—UGC’s Final Recommendations

    P   lans for the future of higher education in Hong Kong were announced by the University Grants Committee at the end of
        November 2002. Its recommendations were based on the Review of Higher Education by Lord Sutherland, which was commissioned
    by the UGC, and four months of public consultation following the release to the Review Report in March 2002.

         The UGC made seventeen recommendations, a number of which relate directly to research and postgraduate studies:

    • A few institutions to be identified for focussed public and private sector support according to the institutions’ role and areas of

    • Taught postgraduate work to be put on a self-financing basis gradually, subject to specified exceptions.

    • The Government to create more sources for research funding and to ask existing sources to fund projects on a full-cost basis.

    • The Research Assessment Exercise to be sharpened and a multi-point scale to be used. “Critical mass funding” to be considered.

    • The current quota for non-local research students to be removed.

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                                                                                                              Research News

Research Diary                                                          1 December 2002
                                                                       New Names and New Line Manager for Research Units
                                                                       Two CityU offices that provide support to researchers have been
 5–17 November 2002                                                    renamed to better reflect their respective areas of responsibility
Eighth Asia Pacific Management Conference                              and focuses for development. The Industrial and Business
Indigenising Globalisation Strategy in the 21st Century                Development Office is now the Technology Transfer Office, and
                                This conference was organised by       the Research Office is now the Research Grants Office. Following
                                CityU, National Cheng Kung             recent senior management restructuring, Prof David Tong, Vice-
                                University (Taiwan) and the South      President for Academic Affairs and Chair Professor of Physics,
                                China University of Technology         will oversee these two offices, along with the School of Graduate
                                and was held in Hong Kong and          Studies and the University Research Centres.
                                Guangzhou. The conference
aimed to provide a forum for academics and professionals to
share advanced knowledge and experiences in indigenising
                                                                        5–7 December 2002
                                                                       International Conference on Governance in Asia
globalisation strategy to deal with disruptive changes.
                                                                                                  CityU’s Governance in Asia
                                                                                                  Research Centre hosted a
 12–16 November 2002                                                                              conference on “Governance in
17th Congregation                                                                                 Asia: Culture, Ethics,
During these five days, over 1,400 postgraduate awards were                                       Institutional Reform and Policy
conferred, including 67 PhDs, 86 MPhils, 1,096 taught master’s                                    C h a n g e ” . T h e c o n f e re n c e
degrees, 52 postgraduate diplomas and 155 postgraduate                 explored various challenges to governance in Asia in the
certificates. Congratulations to all the graduates on their            midst of globalisation and demands for institutional and
achievements. (See page 2 of the Chinese Section for students’         policy changes, focussing on the issues of policy, values,
reflections on the day.)                                               culture and reform.

 28 November–1 December 2002                                            6–8 January 2003
Islam in Southeast Asia and China: Regional Faithlines                 4th Asia Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics
and Faultlines in the Global Ummah                                     Symposium
This four-day symposium—organised by CityU’s Faculty of                This symposium, held in Shanghai, included a practitioners’
Humanities and Social Sciences, Southeast Asia Research Centre,        forum entitled“Corporate Governance: Global Perspectives” and
Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies and Chinese Civilisation             a doctoral consortium covering emerging research issues on
Centre—was the first large-scale conference on Islam to be held        financial accounting, auditing, taxation and international
in Hong Kong and the first worldwide comparative discussion            accounting. It was jointly organised by the Department of
of Islam in Southeast Asia and China. Symposium participants           Accountancy and the Accounting and Corporate Governance
included some of the world’s leading experts on Islam from             Centre, CityU; Shanghai National Accounting Institute; Fudan
Australia, mainland China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore,       University; Shanghai University of Finance and Economics; and
the UK, the US and Hong Kong.                                          the Department of Accountancy, PolyU.

Teaching and Learning Quality Process Review (TLQPR)—Research Postgraduate Education
The University Grants Committee (UGC) is undertaking a second round of TLQPR and has extended the scope of the review to
encompass research degree programmes alongside all other levels of education delivered at universities in Hong Kong. CityU will be
visited by the TLQPR panel on March 31 and April 1, 2003, during which time a separate sub-panel will look exclusively at research
postgraduate education.

     Both the overall and the research degree reviews aim to assist institutions in their effort to improve the quality of teaching and
learning, and to enable the UGC and the institutions to maintain accountability for the quality of teaching and learning.

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                  Research News

    Central Allocation Scheme 2002–2003                                                                                                            CityU staff and students has been spelt out more explicitly to
    Two group research projects headed by CityU academics have                                                                                     enhance awareness of researchers’ professional responsibilities.
    been awarded substantial funding through the latest round of                                                                           b. A two-tier ethical review system for research involving human
    the RGC Central Allocation Scheme:                                                                                                        subjects, i.e. an expedited review and a full review, has been
    Multiple Scattering of Photons and Electrons from Nano-                                                                                   introduced to streamline existing procedures.
    structures and Other Large-scale Non-periodic Systems                                                                                  c. A number of steps will be taken to promote awareness of ethical
    PI: Prof David Tong        Funding: $4 million
    Key objectives: to establish a world-class group research effort
                                                                                                                                           (Details are available at
    to develop and apply fast multiple-scattering methods to current
                                                                                                                                           Code of Practice for Research
    problems in nanostructured materials, environmental physics
                                                                                                                                           The Committee also recommended an amendment to the Code of
    and electronic engineering.
                                                                                                                                           Practice for Research, which was subsequently approved by Senate,
    Group Research in “Organic Electroluminescence”
                                                                                                                                           to more appropriately reflect the importance of giving due credit
    PI: Prof S T Lee       Funding: $1.8 million
                                                                                                                                           to the contribution of other parties.
    Key objectives: to extend a previous CAV project by using the
    existing well-established expertise and infrastructure to tackle                                                                       CERG Applications 2003–2004
    important topics in molecular optoelectronics and electronics.                                                                         On 31 October 2002, CityU submitted 251 applications for the
                                                                                                                                           RGC Competitive Earmarked Research Grant 2003–2004, requesting
    Research Committee News
                                                                                                                                           a total budget of $217.8 million. The RGC will make funding
    Research Involving Human and Animal Subjects
                                                                                                                                           decisions at its meeting in June 2003. Before 1 May 2003, applicants
    The Research Committee, at its meeting in October 2002,
                                                                                                                                           will be invited to provide, where appropriate, updates of their
    approved the following revised guidelines for ethical review of
                                                                                                                                           proposals to the RGC secretariat in case of significant changes. The
    research involving human and animal subjects:
                                                                                                                                           Research Grants Office will issue a reminder in due course.
    a. The scope for ethical review covering all research done by

    External Grants/Awards
    Funding Body                                              Project Title                                                                                                                     PI                                                    Amount
    Chinese Academy of Sciences                               Fundamentals of Nano Devices                                                                                                      Prof S T Lee (AP)                                     RMB 1,000,000
                                                              Applied R & D in Organic Light Emitting Materials                                                                                 Prof S T Lee (AP)                                     RMB 1,500,000
    France/HK Joint Researc h                                 Integration of Group Support Systems with Hypertext Technology:                                                                   Dr Mohamed Khalifa (IS)                               $28,000
    Scheme 2002–2003                                          Effects on Decision-making Performance in Cross-cultural Teams
    Germany/HK Joint Research                                 Secure Internet Communication Based on Chaos-pattern                                                                              Prof Guanrong Chen (EE)                               $29,800
    Scheme 2002–2003                                          Synchronization and Control
                                                              Na Plasma Immersion Ion Implantation into Titanium for Improved Bioactivity                                                       Prof Paul Kim-ho Chu (AP)                             $29,400
    NSFC/RGC Joint Researc h                                  Competitive Bidding and Auctions: An MADM Framework and Its Applications                                                          Prof Kin-keung Lai (MS)
    Scheme, 2002–2003                                         to Bidding and Auction Practice in Hong Kong and Mainland China                                                                                                                         $547,300
    SAE Magnetics (HK) Ltd                                    Learning Organization (LO) and Organizational Learning (OL)                                                                       Dr Kong-bieng Chuah (MEEM) $100,000
    Shenzhen Xianke Display                                   Organic Light Emitting Diode Display                                                                                              Prof S T Lee (AP)          RMB 3,000,000
    Technology Co Ltd

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                                                                                                          Research News

IEEE Fellowships for Three CityU Scientists

T    hree CityU chair professors have been elected Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
     (IEEE): Prof Paul K Chu, Prof Ron Hui and Prof Luk Kwai-man.

                       Prof Chu, Chair Professor of Materials Engineering in the Department of Physics and Materials Science
                      and Head of the Plasma Laboratory, was elected for his contributions to the understanding of plasma
                       implantation and deposition. His research activities focus on plasma science and engineering, ion
                       implantation, thin films, surface modification, materials characterisation, and semiconductor processing.
                       Since 1996, Prof Chu has been awarded seven US patents on plasma technology, and he and his research
                       group have published five book chapters and over 200 papers in international refereed journals.
                     (See page 6 for Prof Chu’s recent breakthroughs in plasma research.)

                    Prof Hui—Chair Professor of Electronic Engineering, Director of the Power Electronics
and Control Research Group, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering—was elected
IEEE Fellow for his contributions to power electronic circuits and modelling techniques. He received a
Teaching Excellence Award in 1999, a Technological Achievement Award in the 2001 Hong Kong Awards
for Industry and the Grand Award in CityU’s Third Applied Research Excellence Awards in 2001. Prof
Hui’s research interests include all aspects of power electronics.

                                      Prof Luk, Chair Professor of Electronic Engineering, was elected in
                                     recognition of his contributions to the development of wideband microstrip patch antennas
                                      and dielectric resonator antennas. Prof Luk has the special distinction of being the first
                                       FIEEE to have undergone all his education and research based in Hong Kong. His recent
                                       research interests include the design of patch, planar and dielectric resonator antennas;
                                       microwave and antenna measurements; and computational electromagnetics. In 2001,
                                      Prof Luk received the prestigious Croucher Senior Research Fellowship. (See page 7 on the
                                    commercialisation of Prof Luk’s R & D.)

                                 IEEE is a global non-profit, technical professional association of over 377,000 members from
150 countries. Less than 0.1 percent of its members are elected to the prestigious position of fellow, and in 2003, only eight
Hong Kong members were bestowed this honour.

Health Tourism in Hong Kong

I  n October 2002, the findings from the first stage of a feasibility study of health tourism in Hong Kong were
  released. The study, funded by an Industrial and Business Development Grant, is being undertaken by Dr Agnes Yeung (former
Head of the Division of Social Studies, CityU), and Ms Ida Lam and Mr Kim Ming Lee from the Division of Social Studies, along
with Dr David Ip from the School of Social Sciences at the University of Queensland.

    Tourism is significant to Hong Kong’s economy, both in bringing in foreign currency and providing employment opportunities.
However, since the 1997 Asian financial crisis, tourism here has been in decline. The need to review and rethink future directions
prompted the research team to consider tourism aimed at the health and beauty conscious as a new strategy for revitalizing and
reinventing Hong Kong as a destination for international visitors.

    The first stage of this research asked tourism professionals’ opinions on how to boost the industry. Most respondents
believed causes of the crisis originated from external sources. However, suggestions mainly addressed problems within the
industry, such as the standard of tourism services and the quality of tour guides. Respondents had reservations about health and
cultural tourism, which have been increasingly popular trends in Western countries in recent years.

    The researchers are unclear if this lack of enthusiasm for health tourism is indicative of the conservative nature of Hong
Kong’s tourism industry or a lack of imagination, but they believe the feasibility of developing health tourism warrants further
investigation in the next stage of their research.

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           Applied R & D

    Scientists at CityU Upgrade Life-saving Biomaterials through New Plasma Technology

    M      aterials scientists in the Plasma Laboratory at CityU have developed a new plasma technology
           that upgrades and enhances the performance of biomedical materials and components
    such as artificial heart valves and blood vessel stents, bringing hope to a large number of heart
    disease patients.

         Prof Paul Chu, Chair Professor in the Department of Physics and Materials
    Science, and his research team have been working on a series of projects to improve
    the biomedical properties of blood contacting materials. They have developed
    techniques to conduct plasma surface modification, which improves blood
    compatibility with the materials used in artificial implants, thus minimising blood-
    clotting problems that can be fatal to patients. “The unique advantage of plasma modification is that surface properties and
    biocompatibility can be enhanced selectively, while the bulk attributes of the materials remain unchanged,” explains Prof Chu. The
    technique also has the significant advantage that researchers can modify existing materials, negating the cost and time disadvantages
    associated with developing brand new materials. The technology is now being commercialised by the Research Centre Rossendorf in
    Dresden, Germany and other companies for a range of medical applications.

        Prof Chu describes plasma as “the fourth state of matter, after gases, liquids and solids”. Their technology uses plasma ions to
    synthesise thin films and modify the surface properties of materials.

         The Plasma Laboratory, which was established in 1996 and is the first of its kind in Hong Kong, has been developing a reputation
    as a leading research centre in plasma technology in biomedical materials and also aerospace and semiconductor areas. To date the
    researchers have been issued seven US patents, with several more pending. They are working with scientists in Australia, China,
    Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US on a range of surface modification, semi-conductor processing and plasma physics and process
    modelling projects.

    CityU’s Cleanbot Robots Win Design Award

    C     ityU’s innovative designs for three robots that maintain and clean tall buildings and structures won the CMA Machinery and
          Equipment Design Award at the 2002 Hong Kong Awards for Industry.

        The three climbing robots—Cleanbot I, Cleanbot II and Cleanbot III—were designed by researchers from the Consortium for
    Intelligent Design, Automation and Mechatronics (CIDAM) in the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering
    Management. “It is really gratifying that the design of the three robots has been awarded; it’s an encouraging recognition of the
    applied R & D efforts that we’ve made,” said Prof S K Tso, Chair Professor of Mechatronics and Automation.

        Automation through the Cleanbots aims to eliminate the high-risk tasks at high altitudes that characterise traditional methods of
    maintaining and cleaning tall structures. As well as making significant contributions to safety, the Cleanbots can reduce costs and
    speed up procedures. They are designed to climb vertical surfaces whilst carrying the necessary cleaning and inspection tools. The
    robots can be either operated remotely or pre-programmed to carry out their tasks automatically.

         The three robots are designed to suit different situations. Cleanbot I, the largest and heaviest of the three, uses suction pads to
    scale large glass wall surfaces, and it can step over window frames and other obstacles. The smaller Cleanbot II
    is designed to work on large flat surfaces, and it manoeuvres using a large single vacuum gripper and
    wheels. Cleanbot III is designed to incorporate some of the key advantages of Cleanbot I and II.

         The Cleanbots are just one of a series of service automation and robotic projects being pursued by
    the CIDAM. “The CIDAM is dedicated to the promotion of technology development and service
    automation through conducting application-driven research on intelligent design, automation and
    mechatronics to meet the needs of the modern society and to provide better training to our students”
    said Prof Tso.

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                                                                                                                           Applied R & D

CITINet Systems Ltd and IRIS Systems                                           Electronic Engineering, and his team have many years of
(Shenzhen) Ltd                                                                 experience in designing planar antennas, and they have
                                                                               developed a wideband patch antenna that has already been
CITINet Systems Ltd recently won a tender worth over $9 million
                                                                               granted a China patent. “We are confident that our product has
for a government project to develop and maintain the Innovation
                                                                               a niche in competing with other antenna companies in the
and Technology Fund Administration System. The ten-year
                                                                               Mainland,” says Prof Luk. The company will also focus on
contract involves one year of development and implementation
                                                                               producing antennas for wireless LAN applications, which require
($3.65 million) and nine years’ maintenance ($5.74 million).
                                                                               a high-speed wireless network. Both types of antennas have a
This is the second phase of the Internet-based Technology
                                                                               huge market in China alongside potential worldwide sales.
Information System (ITIS), designed by Dr Jian Ma for Hong
Kong’s Innovation and Technology Commission. Dr Ma,
                                                                               OLED Joint Venture between CityU
Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems,
                                                                               Experts and Local Manufacturer
founded CITINet in May 2000 as an associate company of CityU
to commercialise the University’s R & D results in the areas of                CityU is undertaking a joint venture with Shenzhen SAST
Web-based project management and electronic commerce.                          Electronics Co Ltd to form Xianke Display Technology Co Ltd,
                                                                               which will commercialise organic light emitting diode technology
     IRIS Systems Ltd has been established in Shenzhen to further
                                                                               (OLED). The company will develop and market technology based
develop Web-based project administration software designed by
                                                                               on the R & D, including nine patented inventions, and expertise
Dr Ma and his team. The company’s major projects include an
                                                                               of Prof S T Lee, Director of the Centre for Super-Diamond and
Internet-based Scientific Information System (ISIS) for the National
                                                                               Advanced Films (COSDAF) and Chair Professor in the Department
Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and an Internet-
                                                                               of Physics and Materials Science, and his research team. OLED is
based Research Information System (IRIS) for universities. Both
                                                                               recognised as a new display technology, and may even replace
ISIS and IRIS support electronic submission, evaluation and
                                                                               LCD displays in the future. Potential applications include all
management of R & D projects, as well as dissemination of project
                                                                               informative displays, such as displays for cellular phones,
results. The software has a potential market in China of over
                                                                               calculators, pocket PCs and computers.
1,400 universities and research institutes nationwide.
                                                                                    COSDAF was the first institution in Hong Kong to
Hi-Gain Hi-Tech (Yantai) Co Ltd                                                successfully demonstrate the use of OLED at the device level. It
                                                                               has received two Innovation and Technology Funds from the
Hi-Gain Hi-Tech (Yantai) Co Ltd, a CityU Enterprises Limited
                                                                               Innovation and Technology Commission—$15 million for a
group company, was established in Yantai, China, in early 2002
                                                                               project from 1998–2000, and $5 million plus $0.55 million
to develop, manufacture and market the innovative base station
                                                                               in industrial sponsorship for a project from 2001–2003. It
antennas invented by Prof K M Luk and his research team
                                                                               received a further $3.8 million from the Research Grants
at CityU.
                                                                               Council Central Allocation Scheme for a 1999–2002 research
     A major area of the company’s products will be base station               project to study OLED, and has recently been awarded
antennas, the bases that communicate with mobile handsets,                     $1.8 million to extend this project in 2003–2006. The Centre
for existing second generation and forthcoming third generation                is the only institution in Hong Kong to date to market OLED
mobile communication systems. Prof Luk, Chair Professor of                     technology products.

Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF)—List of Approved Projects from Sept to Dec 2002
                                                                                                                         Funding Amount
Project Co-ordinator         Dept      Project Title                                                   Programme
                                                                                                                         (incl. industrial sponsorship)
Prof Y C Chan                EE        Study on Flip Chip Bonding Solutions for Fine Pitch Chip-on-    UIM-TCS           $373,888
                                       film (COF) Package
*Dr K F Tsang                EE        Development and Integration of Integrated-Circuit Modules for   ITS               $6,238,000
                                       a Low-Voltage CMOS WLAN Transceiver System with Embedded
                                       Power-Control Circuitry
Prof Joseph Lai              AP        Analysis of Defects in Aluminium Sheet Products                 UIM-TCS           $411,000

Number of ongoing ITF projects as at 1 December 2002 : 21               * Joint project with CityU as the co-applicant
ITS    Innovation and Technology Support Programme                      UIM-TCS      University-Industry Collaboration Programme-Teaching
                                                                                     Company Scheme

                                                                                                                               February 2003, Volume 18
           Graduate Studies Forum

    Reaping the Benefits of Study Leave

    S  ix CityU research students got together at the end of October
       to discuss their experiences of taking a range of study leave
    opportunities during their research degree programmes.                     Back row from left: Chiang Chi Hang, Bernard Poon, Fung Man Keung
                                                                               Front row from left: Jolie Lam, Tan Yue, Cheng Chi Wa
         Mr Cheng Chi Wa (BCH) spent 18 months at a research
    hospital associated with the University of Toronto working on              users, and on his Australia trip he learnt about his host family’s
    genetics experiments. Mr Chiang Chi Hang, Sunny (SLW) spent                culture and other Australian cultures: “I gained the opportunity
    a year studying in the Washington College of Law at American               to explore different cultures, for example the aboriginal culture,
    University, Washington DC. Mr Fung Man Keung, Roy (AP)                     and also visit many different places.”
    made two trips to work on experiments at specialist facilities at
                                                                                    They also discussed exposure to learning and teaching
    the University of Western Ontario and Princeton University.
                                                                               methods. Mr Chiang experienced
    Ms Jolie Lam (IS) had 18 months’ study leave at Ohio State
                                                                               different exam types, Mr Cheng’s
    University, USA, where she took courses, developed her research
                                                                               lab group used different forms of
    and attended conferences. Mr Bernard Poon (SA) joined a
                                                                               student presentations and Ms Lam
    cultural synergy programme for two weeks in Australia, and
                                                                               was interested in the interactive
    also undertook fieldwork in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai
                                                                               approaches to learning she
    on social welfare services. Ms Tan Yue (EN) spent two weeks in
                                                                               encountered: “The way they
    Beijing taking part in analysing a research project comparing                                                   Second from right:
                                                                               teach, how they interact with the                   Cheng Chi Wa
    newspaper reports in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.
                                                                               students, how they motivate them
        The chief benefit of study leave raised by the group was the           to speak in class, and how they encourage them to be a bit
    opportunity for different input into their work. Ms Tan found              more critical could be applied back here in Hong Kong.”
    her study leave both stimulated interest in related fields and
                                                                                   Based on the discussion, the following checklist has been
    also helped her develop research skills: “I benefited from
                                                                               put together for students considering taking study leave:
    discussion and co-operation with others, and I became familiar
    with mass media and research methods.”                                     ✔ Be proactive. Take the initiative, including setting up the
                                                                                 study leave, building relations while you’re there, and
         Mr Fung said that his study leave gave him the opportunity
                                                                                 keeping up your extended network when you return to Hong
    to discuss his work: “I had lots of chances to speak with experts
    and to discuss my results. I can talk with experts in conferences,
    but our conversation is not in such depth.” Interaction with               ✔ Be well prepared. To make the most of your study leave and
    overseas experts was also seen as a significant benefit by Mr                help ensure that all aspects run smoothly, put thought and
    Cheng: “I had the chance to attend lots of seminars presented                effort into planning your research or study, arranging
    by famous researchers from all over the world. It’s already made             practicalities, and finding out about the host city/country.
    a big difference in my research progress.”                                 ✔ Maximise your time. Whether you’ll be away for a few weeks,
        The opportunity to interact with experts and other                       a few months or longer, make the most of this time by
    research students often isn’t limited to those of the host                   participating in the academic, cultural and social activities
    country. “The international experience there is much wider                   available and planning your time well.
    and they have more interaction,” said Mr Chiang. “For                      ✔ Share your experiences. When you come back to CityU,
                            example, my programme had 165                        bring back insights, ideas, and experiences on research,
                            s t u d e n t s f ro m 6 5 c o u n t r i e s ,       teaching and learning, and social and cultural aspects.
                             speaking 32 languages.”
                                                                               ✔ Promote CityU. Being on study leave outside of Hong Kong
                                           Mr Poon (pictured left) said his      and meeting many new people offers a good opportunity
                                      fieldtrips to the Chinese mainland         to promote your university to others and to foster links from
                                      gave him the opportunity to interact       which other students can benefit.
                                       with a range of officials and service                                                   —Vicki Geall

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                                                                                              Graduate Studies News

2002 External Award Recipients
C   ongratulations to the following CityU postgraduate students and graduates who have received prestigious awards in 2002 from
    external bodies in recognition of their outstanding academic performance and achievements.

                  Chan Tak-cheong Edward, a 2002 graduate                             Luk Yu-man Emmanuelle (Emily), a
                  of the School of Law’s Master of Laws in                            g r a d u at e o f t h e S c h o o l o f L aw ’s
                  C h i n e s e a n d C o m p a r a t i ve L aw                       Postgraduate Certificate in Laws programme
                  (Distinction), received a Mr Raja M                                 in 2001, was awarded the International
                  Daswani Award 2001–2002.                                            Fiscal Association Prize in Revenue Law.

                  Chan Tak-fun, a 2002 Master of Arts in                              Pauline Ma, a graduate of the School of
                  Professional Accounting and Information                             Law’s Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, was
                  Systems graduate from the Accountancy                               awarded the Advocacy Institute of Hong
                  Department, was awarded a Hong Kong                                 Kong Prize in Advocacy.
                  Institute of Company Secretaries Prize
                                                                                      Mak Shuk-kwan Chris, a 2002 PhD graduate
                  Ivy Cheung, a graduate of the School of                             from the Biology and Chemistry Department,
                  Law’s Master of Arts in Arbitration and                             was awarded a two-year Croucher Foundation
                  Dispute Resolution, was awarded the Hong                            Fellowship 2002 for her outstanding research
                  Kong Institute of Arbitrators Annual Prize                          proposal and research achievements.
                                                                                      Ng Hau-yue Pamela, a 2002 graduate of
                  Cheung Mei-kwan Christy, a current PhD                              the School of Law’s Postgraduate Certificate
                  student in the Information Systems                                  in Laws programme, received a Joint Law
                  Department, was awarded a Chung Hwa                                 Society of Hong Kong/Bloomsbury Book
                  Travel Service Scholarship 2001–2002.                               Prize 2001–2002.

                                                                                      Siu Pui-yu Bonnie, a 2002 graduate of the
                  Ho Kit-man Emily, a 2002 Master of Arts                             School of Law’s Master of Laws in Chinese
                  in Professional Accounting and Information                          and Comparative Law, received a Mr Raja
                  Systems graduate from the Accountancy                               M Daswani Award 2001–2002.
                  Department, was awarded a Hong Kong
                  Institute of Company Secretaries Prize
                  2001–2002.                                                          Tang Yat-man Janet, a current PhD student
                                                                                      in the Biology and Chemistry Department,
                  Ip Ho-kin, a 2001 Master of Arts in                                 received the Society of Environmental
                  L a n g u ag e a n d L aw ( D i s t i n c t i o n ) ,               Toxicology and Chemistry Europe Young
                  received a Mr Raja M Daswani Award                                  Scientist Award for her presentation at the
                  2001–2002.                                                          SETAC Europe 2002 Annual Meeting.

                                                                                      Yum Tsz-yin Kenji, an MPhil student in the
                  Lee Yee-ling Elaine, a 2001 graduate of the                         Electronic Engineering Department, was
                  School of Law’s Postgraduate Certificate                            awarded champion in the IEE Hong Kong
                  in Laws programme, was awarded the                                  YMS (Younger Members Section) Paper
                  Advocacy Institute of Hong Kong Prize                               Contest 2002. With the same paper, he also
                  in Advocacy.                                                        received the Best Student Paper Award in
                                                                                      the 2002 IEE AP/MTT Joint Chapter and
                                                                                      LEOS Chapter Postgraduate Conference.

                                                                                                               February 2003, Volume 18
            Graduate Studies News

     CityU Postgraduate Research Expo 2002

     T    he Postgraduate Research Expo 2002, organised by CityU
          Postgraduate Association (CUPA) and held at CityU on 4–
     12 December, gave CityU research students the opportunity to
                                                                                      opportunities HKSTP
                                                                                      provides for researchers to
                                                                                      commercialise brilliant ideas,
     disseminate their high quality research work and network with                    especially through its business
     participants from industry, business, government organisations                   incubation programme. Prof Cliff Chan, who has gone through
     and academia. The Expo addressed the theme of a new research                     the programme and is currently CEO of TeleEye Holdings Ltd,
     frontier.                                                                        said that to survive current economic challenges Hong Kong
                                                                                      must focus on high-value-added products and services.
          At the welcoming address and Expo forum, Prof David Tong,
     Vice-President for Academic Affairs, greeted participants and                         Prof Ron Hui, Chair Professor in the Department of
     praised CUPA for organising such an important event. Mr Keith                    Electronic Engineering, said a researcher’s role is the pursuit of
     Yu, CUPA President, stressed that “as Hong Kong’s economy is                     knowledge. He said business people will only share your profit
     now transforming into a knowledge-based economy, utilisation                     and not your dream, so to secure financial investment you must
     and creation of knowledge becomes more and more important.”                      have a good idea and a realistic plan of how it can be transferred
                                                                                      into a profitable business. Ms Janet Tang, CityU PhD student in
         The forum panel considered how research can help Hong
                                                                                      the Department of Biology and Chemistry and SETAC Young
     Kong’s economy. The panel was facilitated by Mr H Y Wong,
                                                                                      Scientist Award winner, said research graduates are willing and
     Director of CityU’s Technology Transfer Office. The six invited
                                                                                      able to contribute to Hong Kong’s economy, but they need to
     panellists each spoke on the forum topic and then discussed the
                                                                                      be given the chance through career opportunities.
     issues further. Prof Stephen Cheung, Chair Professor in the
     Department of Economics and Finance, said the most important                          The forum was followed by a tea reception—which allowed
     things for the future of Hong Kong’s economy are investment                      participants to network and visit the research product and poster
     and the right people. Dr Paul Cheung, Policy Advisor, Innovation                 exhibition—and a guided tour of three CityU research
     and Technology Commission, considered the different natures                      laboratories. Visitors to the poster exhibition were invited to
     of research in terms of differing degrees of focus on                            vote for the outstanding presentation from the 59 posters
     understanding and application. He said that long-term recovery                   exhibited. In total, 130 votes were received, and three poster
     requires “discovery-based” activities.                                           presentations were awarded: Jane Lung (English and
                                                                                      Communication), Kenji Yum (Electronic Engineering), and Hau
         Mr Cheung Shu Wing, Vice-President, Business
                                                                                      Wah Lai and Ting Pong Wong (Electronic Engineering). All
     Development and Technology Support, Hong Kong Science and
                                                                                      posters were displayed at CityU until 12 December.
     Technology Parks Corporation, outlined the infrastructure and

     CUPA Activities
     23 August–1 September 2002                                                       8 November 2002
     Xin Jiang Education Tour                                                         Career Talk Series: Young Leader Seminar by Dr William Wing Yan Lo
     The postgraduate associations of PolyU, HKU and CityU jointly organised an       “How do we position ourselves in a tough business world? Facing the
     education tour to Xin Jiang for members to experience the different culture      competition and working for success in Hong Kong and PR China”
     and lifestyle of the people there.                                               Dr William Wing Yan Lo, JP         !"#$ the Executive Director and
                                                                                      Vice-President of China Unicom Ltd. Participants in this talk included CUPA
     20 September 2002                                                                members and Hong Kong Computer Society members, totalling nearly
     Mid-Autumn Orientation Party                                                     150 people.
     Over 150 local and non-local CUPA members participated in the Mid-Autumn
     Orientation Party, held at the CityU Amphitheatre.                               March 2003
                                                                                      Take the Challenge—Join the Next CUPA Executive Committee
     5 October 2002                                                                   Nomination of the CUPA executive committee 2003–2004 is coming soon.
     Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) Tour                                       If you are interested in joining the ExCo, please watch for our announcement.
     More than 40 members joined this two-hour tour to the Hong Kong Productivity
     Council to visit their highly equipped IT, research and development, and media
     and information facilities. We also had a recruitment talk.
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