Newsletter No. 246

Join t Centr e for Advance d Stu y Establishe d by CUHK , HKU and UST (From left) Prof. Tsui Lap-chee, Prof. Lawrence J. Lau, and Prof. Paul Chu T he Chinese University signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of the Joint Centre for Advanced Study with the University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on 10th September. The memorandum enables the three institutions to deepen their collaboration and, by pooling resources and capitalizing on their respective strengths in postgraduate studies, enhance Hong Kong's capacity to provide some o f the finest educational opportunities in the world. The memorandum was signed by the heads of the three institutions 一 Prof. Lawrence J. Lau, vice-chancellor of CUHK, Prof. Tsui Lap-chee, vice-chancellor of HKU, and Prof. Paul Chu, president of HKUST. Dr. Alice K.Y. Lam, chairperson of the University Grants Committee, was in attendance as the guest of honour. The Joint Centre for Advanced Study w i ll develop in three phases. First it w i ll run as a virtual centre offering joint courses to postgraduate research students of the three partner universities. Then it w i ll organize colloquia and workshops and invite distinguished visiting scholars to give lectures on the joint courses. The long-term goal w i ll be to identify a suitable site to serve as a permanent home for the centre after a review of operations. Prof. Lawrence J. Lau said that the initiative marks a 'new chapter in the collaboration among the three universities that share a common vision for advanced scholarship and research'. E-N EWSLETTER A BSTRACT For d e t a i l s , please visit Volume 1 No. 5 Two Shaw Prize Winners Host Lectures at The Chinese University Prof. P. James E. Peebles and Prof. Chern Shiing-shen (photo), winners of the first Shaw Prize in astronomy and mathematical sciences respectively, delivered lectures on cosmology and differential geometry last September at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Gold Medallists from National Olympic Team Visit CUHK Eleven national Olympic gold medallists met with some 700 CUHK students and staff on their visit to The Chinese University on 8th September 2004. Chinese University Students and Alumni Win IT Excellence Awards Two doctoral students and two recent graduates of the Faculty of Engineering were awarded IT excellence awards by the Hong Kong Computer Society last August in recognition of their outstanding achievements in IT application and the innovative IT technologies they developed. CUHK Co l l abo r a t es w i t h Technology Heavyweights to Establish Guangzhou-Hong Kong International Software Park The University's Centre for Innovation and Technology —t he technology transfer arm of the Faculty of Engineering, signed a Guangzhou-Hong Kong International Software Park Cooperative Agreement with the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, the Hong Kong Productivity Council, Guangzhou Tianhe Software Park, and the Guangdong Software Industry Association on 26th August 2004 for the setting up of a software park. Volume 1 No. 6 CUHK Tops 2004 List of East Asia's Best MBA Schools For three years in a row since 2002, The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been ranked number one in East Asia by business magazine Asia Inc in its ranking of MBA schools. The results were released in the September 2004 issue of the magazine. CUHK Appo i n ts Associate Pr o -V i ce -Chance l l o rs and University Officers The Chinese University of Hong Kong recently announced the appointment of Prof. Billy So and Prof. Michael Hui as associate pro-vice-chancellors, and Prof. Billy So as the new University registrar, Prof. Ho Puay-peng as the University dean of students, and Prof. Wong Wing-shing as dean of the graduate school. More Victories for CUHK Rowers at 18th Intervarsity Rowing Championships At the 18th Intervarsity Rowing Championships held on the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin on 12th September 2004, CUHK rowers clinched four gold and one silver medals in the five matches organized for the day and captured the overall champion trophy. 1 No. 246 4th October 2004