Newsletter No. 56

Vol. 5 ‧ 7 NO. 56 July 1994 University Members Honoured Three members of the University were honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List announced on 10th June 1994. Dr. James Z. M. Kung, vice- chairman of the University Council, and Prof. S. T. Chang, professor of biology, have been made Officers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), while Mr. David A. Gilkes, University bursar, has been made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). Two days earlier on 8th June 1994 , both Prof. C. N. Yang, distinguished professor-at-large, and Prof. Yau Shing-tung, professor of mathematics, were elected foreign academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Yang was also recently awarded the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Medal by the American Philosophical Society for his tremendous contribution to theoretical physics. New Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof. Kenneth Young, professor of physics, has been appointed by the University Council as Pro-Vice- Chancellor for two years from 1st August 1994. Aged 46, Prof. Young graduated from the California Institute of Technology and obtained his Ph.D. in 1972. He worked for one year at Princeton University, and joined The Chinese University in 1973, becoming professor of physics in 1989. Prof. Young has ample administrative experience and was chairman of the Physics Department from August 1989 to December 1991. He was elected dean of science in October 1991 and appointed dean of the Graduate School in March 1993. Prof. Young is a member of the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee and its Hong Kong Research Grants Council. He also serves on a number of other advisory committees for the government, including the Technology Committee of the Industry and Technology Development Council, the Radiation Board and the Radiological Protection Advisory Group. HK$50 Million from the RGC for 91 Research Projects Ninety-one research proposals submitted by academic and research staff of this university have succeeded in obtaining earmarked grants totalling HK$49,947,000 from the Research Grants Council (RGC) this year. Last year's figures were 57 projects and HK$29,614,000. For 1994-95 the government has made available a total of $260 million to seven UPGC-funded local tertiary institutions for research proposes: $57.6 million for direct allocation to the institutions to finance small projects; $9.4 mi l l i on for central allocation to strengthen the research Institution No. of Projects Supported Amount Allocated HK$million Percentage CUHK 91 49.95 25.9 University of H K 81 48.48 25.1 H K University of Science & Technology 106 50.13 26.0 City Polytechnic of H K 24 12.37 6.4 H K Polytechnic 42 19.57 10.2 H K Baptist College 25 11.75 6.1 Lingnan College 2 0.61 0.3 371 192.86 100.0 NO.56 JULY 1994