Newsletter No. 100

2 No. 100 4th January 1997 CUHK Newsletter Nine Projects Wi n Support f rom UK / HK Joint Research Scheme N ine research projects involving staff members of the University have been selected for funding to the tune of HK$539,095 under the UK/HK Joint Research Scheme 1996/97. The scheme was established in 1991 by the British Council and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong to promote cooperation in research between institutions of higher education in UK and Hong Kong. The nine successful projects are: • Articulatory Controlled Speech Synthesis Using Neural Networks • CUHK investigator: Prof. R C. Ching (Electronic Engineering) • Partner institution: University of Liverpool • Grant: HK$65,000 • Neural-Network-Based Multiple Models for Adaptive Control Applications • CUHK investigator. Prof. K. P. Lam (Systems Eng. & Eng. Management) • Partner institution: Oxford University • Grant: HK$70,195 • Cooperative Constraint Satisfaction among Intelligent Agents • CUHK investigators: Profs. H. F. Leung and H. M. Lee (Computer Science & Engineering) • Partner institution: Imperial College • Grant: HK$77,700 • A Comparison of Acinetobacter spp Distribution in Human and in Raw Vegetables in Hong Kong and London • CUHK investigator: Prof. Elizabeth Houang (Microbiology) • Partner institution: Laboratory of Hospital Infection, Central Public Health Laboratory • Grant: HK$70,000 • Intrapartum Monitoring Using the Fetal Electrocardiogram (FECG) • CUHK investigator: Prof. Daljit Singh Sahota (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) • Partner institution: University of Nottingham • Grant: HK$46,200 • Asymmetric Metal-Catalysed Polymerisation • CUHK investigator: Prof. K. S. Chan (Chemistry) • Partner institution: University of Cambridge • Grant: HK$50,000 • Sequence Analysis of Natural & Modified Oligonucleotides Using Ultra-high Resolution Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry • CUHK investigator: Prof. Dominic T. W. Chan (Chemistry) • Partner institution: Warwick University • Grant: HK$60,000 • Lexical Semantic Representation and Processing • CUHK investigator. Prof. Hsuan-chih Chen (Psychology) • Partner institution: University of London • Grant: HK$50,000 • The Roles of Welfare Systems in Promoting Production and Family Support • CUHK investigator: Prof. Wong Chack-kie (Social Work) • Partner institution: University of Sheffield • Grant: HK$50,000 English Teaching in Secondary Schools O ver 200 teachers of upper secondary English attended an English language teaching seminar organized by the University's Department of Curriculum and Instruction on 30th November 1996. The theme, 'Integrated Skills: Teaching and Testing', reflected secondary teachers' concern about the current task-based approach to second language teaching and testing. Speakers came from the Hong Kong Examinations Authority and the Government Education Department. There was also a session where three teachers were invited to share their teaching and testing experiences with the audience. BBA Students Devise the Best Business Strategy F or the second time in two years, students from the University's Faculty of Business Administration won the championship of the Business Strategy Competition by producing the Business Administration Paper of the Year 1996. Six teams took part in the competition which was organized by the Hong Kong Federation of Business Students. They were asked to devise business strategies for a Canadian company which planned to market its chocolate products in Mexico. In the first round of the competition, written reports submitted by the six participating teams were assessed by a panel comprising teaching staff from local universities and business professionals. Four teams were then selected for the second round, which was an oral presentation, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 30th November 1996. Members of the CUHK team were Norris M. N. Lam, Katie K. K. Kong, Franky C. S. Chung, and David M. Ku, all final-year BBA students. They were able to impress the adjudicators with their thorough analysis, excellent response to questions and convincing presentation, and captured the overall championship in the competition. New Academic Programmes T he University Senate recently approved the introduction of nine new programmes in the academic years 1996-97 and 1997-98. 1996-97 Master of Science Programme in Information Engineering (part-time self-financing programme) Master of Clinical Pharmacy Programme (part-time self-financing programme) Diploma Programme in Telecommunication Technology and Management (offered by the School of Continuing Studies) Certificate Programme in Putonghua (self-financing programme jointly offered by the Faculty of Education, New Asia Yale-in-China Chinese Language Centre, and the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research) 1997-98 Doctor of Philosophy Programme in Philosophy (replacing th© existing Doctor of Philosophy Programme in Chinese Philosophy) Doctor of Education Programme Minor Programme in European Studies Master of Science Programme in Electronic Engineering (part-time self-financing programme) Master of Science Programme in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (part-time programme) BA Faculty Strengthens Interaction wi th Secondary Schools C areer masters and mistresses from local secondary schools attended a meeting held by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies in Business, Faculty of Business Administration, on 7th December 1996. The meeting began with a welcoming speech by Prof. C. F. Chan, associate dean (undergraduate studies) of the Faculty, followed by a video show which explained the structure of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programmes and student life at CUHK. Prof. Dennis Fan, associate director of the BBA programmes, briefed the participants on the programmes' main features. At the end of the presentations, participants were given a chance to ask questions. It is hoped that the career counsellors and the students they assist would be better informed of the admission criteria and curriculum requirements of the University's BBA programmes.