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Message from Information Technology Services

Dear Colleagues,

Please note that all courses registered in SIS (Student Information System) have the correspondent electronic courses created in Moodle. Teachers, whose names are recorded in the Class Staff Information System (CSI) of SIS, can start uploading course materials. (Teachers can ask the Faculty contact point to add your name to CIS – details in http://moodle-support.hku.hk/contact/CSI) Teachers can enable students’ access to a Moodle course by clicking the “Enable for student access” link of the course in the “My e-learning” tab of HKU Portal.

Also, new services are rolled out on January 15:

(A) Two quick-start Moodle tips for teachers to set up e-Courses easily:

Quick Moodle course start-up video tutorials
Change the layout for new courses – using weekly layout instead of the default topic-based layout

(Details at http://moodle-support.hku.hk/moodle-tips-new-semester)

(B) Two new features in the one-stop e-learning hub under the “My e-learning tab” of HKU Portal

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The link “Library reserve materials” allows easy access by both teachers and students to the reserve materials of a particular course, if there is any hosted in the Library system.

The link “Moodle and Panopto usage report” allows teachers to quickly access to the students’ usage statistics of Moodle features and Panopto lecture capture service (LCS) of a course. (Details in http://moodle-support.hku.hk/moodle-and-panopto-usage-report)

Besides the above,

http://moodle-support.hku.hk hosts the online tutorials, user guides and FAQ and other Moodle and LCS support information.

Training workshops on Moodle and LCS using Panopto are scheduled on 19 and 28 January 2015. You can find the details and register to attend at http://moodle-support.hku.hk/training/schedule.

If you have any questions or want more information about Moodle, Panopto and training courses, please feel free to email us at elearningteam@hku.hk.

Best Regards,

C.P. Lau
e-learning team

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Professor Eric Thomas

Public Lecture by Professor Sir Eric Thomas
Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol, UK
UK Education Champion, since 2013
President of Universities UK, 2011-13

Date : January 12, 2015 (Monday)
Time : 5:30pm Tea Reception
6:00pm Lecture by Professor Sir Eric Thomas
Venue : Conference Room, 11/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Enquiries : 2219 4892

For registration details, please click here.

Lecture abstract

The words “world class”, “global” and “international” are used with undisciplined frequency by huge numbers of universities in their public relations, marketing and student and staff recruitment. In many respects such use has so undermined the very description that external observers attach little importance to it. There are, however, universities that do transcend their location and their activity and that would be agreed by most observers to be world class and globalised.

This lecture will look at the criteria that could be used to construct these definitions and analyse their strengths and weaknesses. It will ask the question as to whether there are only a tiny number of universities that should responsibly use these epithets or whether many universities have so many of the characteristics that it is fair that they describe themselves in this manner. It will also look at the factors and events that have shaped our major universities into thinking and planning in a global manner rather than the more parochial normality of twenty years ago.

Speaker’s profile

Professor Sir Eric Thomas is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, a position he has held since September 2001. He was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013 for services to Higher Education.

He graduated in Medicine from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1976 and proceeded to obtain his MD by thesis in research into endometriosis in 1987. He trained as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and worked at both the universities of Sheffield and Newcastle. In 1991 he was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Southampton and then became Head of the School of Medicine there in 1995 and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Biological Sciences in 1998. He was a Consultant Gynaecologist from 1987 to 2001.

In July 2013, Sir Eric was appointed as the new UK Education Champion by the Government as part of its strategy to promote the UK education sector internationally. Sir Eric will also co-chair the new International Education Council alongside the Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts.

From 2011-2013, Sir Eric was President of Universities UK. He was previously Vice-President of UUK, Chair of its England and Northern Ireland Council and Chair of the Research Policy Committee. He was a Trustee and then Chair of CASE Europe from 2007-2014 and a member of the CASE Board in North America from 2010-2014.

Sir Eric is a Trustee of IntoUniversity and a Lay Trustee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He chaired the government Taskforce into Increasing Voluntary Giving in Higher Education, which reported in 2004. He was Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) from 2003-2007 and was a member of the Board of the South-West Regional Development Agency from 2002 to 2008.

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Message from Information Technology Services

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Dear Teachers,

We are pleased to organize Learning Management System (LMS) – Moodle and Lecture Capture Services (LCS) – Panopto hands-on workshops for you to familiar with our e-learning services available at HKU.

The following upcoming hands-on workshops in November are now open for your registration. The course details can be found at http://moodle-support.hku.hk/training/ITS-all

Please register by clicking the “Register” hyperlinks below. The number of seats is limited. After successful registration, if you cannot attend, please cancel the registration to release the reserved seat for other colleague.

Reuse old course materials on Moodle

Course Code Moodle Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
MOD-006 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on How to Re-use a Course and Its Materials 8 Jan, 2014 (Thu) 10:00am – 11:00am KB110 Register
MOD-001 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Setting Up a Moodle Course Website 8 Jan, 2014 (Thu) 11:30am – 12:30pm KB110 Register

Introduction of e-learning Services in HKU

Course Code Moodle Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
MOD-001 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Setting Up a Moodle Course Website 19 Jan, 2014 (Mon) 10:00am – 11:00am LG20 Register
PAN-001 Introduction to Lecture Capture Service using the “Panopto” system 19 Jan, 2014 (Mon) 11:30am – 12:30pm LG20 Register

Setting up a new Moodle course

Course Code Moodle Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
MOD-001 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Setting Up a Moodle Course Website 28 Jan, 2014 (Wed) 10:00am – 11:00am KB110 Register
MOD-002 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Assignments, Choices and Quizzes 28 Jan, 2014 (Wed) 11:30am – 12:30pm KB110 Register

Note:
(1) KB110 = Room 110, Knowles Building
LG20 = Room CPD-LG20, Central Podium (CPD), Centennial Campus

(2) If you have taken a Moodle hands-on course offered by the ITS, we recommend you follow up with an e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit (EPSU) workshop and/or a Faculty of Education/ Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) seminar.

The EPSU of the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers pedagogically focused e-learning workshops, which leverage the central Moodle platform to enable good teaching practices. These workshops focus on teaching approaches and good teaching practices, complement the Moodle courses offered by the ITS and the Moodle seminars offered by the Faculty of Education/CITE, which tend to focus on innovative teaching practice using the new features available in Moodle.

e-learning workshops by EPSU/CETL
http://www.cetl.hku.hk/professional-learning/

e-learning seminars by the Faculty of Education/CITE
http://www.cite.hku.hk/news.php?category=upcoming

For more information and inquiry on Moodle and Panopto training and support, feel free to email: e-learningTeam@hku.hk

Best Regards,

Ada Yau
e-learning Team
Information Technology Services

Applications are invited for the Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme, which was introduced by the Teaching and Learning Quality Committee in 2010-11.

Objectives
tefs2The Scheme aims to enhance the scholarship of teaching at the University through enabling academic staff members to share experience and to collaborate on teaching and curriculum development initiatives at reputable universities where excellent pedagogical practices or curriculum innovation are being implemented, and to facilitate reciprocal visits to the University by academic staff of these institutions. The Scheme is a measure also to ensure that our curriculum and pedagogy are benchmarked against international best practice.

Eligibility

All full-time teaching staff with a minimum of two years of service at the University are eligible to apply.

Deadline for Application

Interested colleagues are encouraged to attend the CETL seminars in January/February 2015, which will provide an overview of the Scheme and advice on the preparation of the application. All applications and supporting documents should reach Ms. Julie Lau, Secretary of the TLQC Sub-Group on Teaching Exchange Fellowship (c/o Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of Registry) on or before April 17, 2015. Enquires may be directed to Ms. Lau at 2219 4997 or via email to julielau@hku.hk.

Applicants will be notified of the results in May/June 2015.


For more details, please read the circular below.
Announcement circular from the Acting Chairman of TLQC (document 192/1214) (HKU Portal login required)

Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme Seminar
Organized by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
Coordinator: Dr Suki Ekaratne, CETL, The University of Hong Kong
Date: 13 February, 2015 (Friday)
Time: 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building

Abstract

Grants for overseas reciprocal visits through ‘Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme’

This seminar provides information and an overview of the “Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme” which aims to enhance the scholarship of teaching at HKU through grants for exchange visits. It will explain, and also showcase examples, on how this funding opportunity can be used by HKU teaching staff to share experience and to collaborate on teaching and curriculum development initiatives with overseas reputable universities through reciprocal visits.

The seminar is open to all teaching staff interested in finding out more about this Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme. Staff will be provided an overview of the scheme, how to lodge an application, the key objectives, amounts they can apply for, eligibility and advice in preparing an application. Staff who are thinking about applying in the next round (having a 17th April closing date) are strongly encouraged to attend. Staff who are not sure, or would simply like to know more about the scheme, are also welcome.

Online Registration

For registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai , CETL Phone: 3917 8996; Email: laichun2@hku.hk.


HKU International Online Admissions Info Session

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Have a question about International Admissions at HKU? Talk to one
of our #HKU Representatives LIVE at our International Admissions Webinar Hang Out!

Date: 18th Dec, 2014 (Thurs)
Time: 5:00pm

Join HKU online admissions information session for students studying international and national (non-HK/Mainland China) qualifications.

Get the most updated and important information from HKU recruitment counselor and feel free to ask any questions regarding admissions or students’ life!

Click
http://on.fb.me/1wbYj3n
to RSVP spots are filling up quick for our session on Dec 18th 5pm HK Time!

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Message from Information Technology Services

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Dear Teachers,

We are pleased to organize Learning Management System (LMS) – Moodle and Lecture Capture Services (LCS) – Panopto training courses for you to familiar with our e-learning services available at HKU.

The following upcoming hands-on training courses in September are now open for your registration. The course details can be found at http://moodle-support.hku.hk/training/ITS-all

Please register by clicking the “Register” hyperlinks below. The number of seats is limited. After successful registration, if you cannot attend, please cancel the registration to release the reserved seat for other colleague.

Moodle Workshops – Setting up a new Moodle course

Course Code Moodle Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
MOD-001 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Setting Up a Moodle Course Website 11 Dec, 2014 (Thu) 10:00am – 11:00am KB110 Register
MOD-002 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Assignments, Choices and Quizzes 11 Dec, 2014 (Thu) 11:30am – 12:30pm KB110 Register

Panopto Workshops – Lecture Capture Services in HKU

Course Code Panopto Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
PAN-001 Introduction of Panopto Lecture Video Capturing Solution 17 Dec, 2014 (Wed) 10:00am – 11:00am KK101 Register
PAN-002 Edit, Share and Output Panopto Video Recording 17 Dec, 2014 (Wed) 11:30am – 12:30pm KK101 Register

Note:
(1) KB-110 = Room 110, Knowles Building
KK-101, Room 101, K.K. Leung Building

(2) If you have taken a Moodle hands-on course offered by the ITS, we recommend you follow up with an e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit (EPSU) workshop and/or a Faculty of Education/ Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) seminar.

The EPSU of the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers pedagogically focused e-learning workshops, which leverage the central Moodle platform to enable good teaching practices. These workshops focus on teaching approaches and good teaching practices, complement the Moodle courses offered by the ITS and the Moodle seminars offered by the Faculty of Education/CITE, which tend to focus on innovative teaching practice using the new features available in Moodle.

e-learning workshops by EPSU/CETL
http://www.cetl.hku.hk/professional-learning/

e-learning seminars by the Faculty of Education/CITE
http://www.cite.hku.hk/news.php?category=upcoming

For more information and inquiry on Moodle and Panopto training and support, please feel free to email: e-learningTeam@hku.hk

Best Regards,

Ada Yau
e-learning Team
Information Technology Services

Message from Scholarships Office of the Registry

Dear Students,

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1. Scholarships open to first-year students
These scholarships are now calling for applications from first-year students (any discipline; local and non-local acceptable):

i. Eliot Hall Memorial Scholarship
ii. HKU Foundation Scholarship
iii. John Swire Donor Scholarships
iv. Koo Shui Ting Memorial Scholarships
v. Robert H.N. Ho Scholarships
vi. The George William Hong Choy Memorial Scholarship (applicable for graduates of Diocesan Boy’s School; Wah Yan HK College; Chan Shu Kui Memorial School; Delia Memorial School.)

Eligibility:
– A minimum of GPA at 3.0 or equivalent in the first semester of 2014-15;
– Outstanding achievements in extra-curricular activities;
– Active participation in community services; and
– Financial need will be considered.

Value of each scholarship: ranging from HK$4,000 – HK$42,100

Application deadline: January 30, 2015, 5:00 pm

Application method: Interested students should submit the completed application form (click here) to the Scholarships Office by email (awards@hku.hk).

Nomination of the above scholarships will be made on a competitive basis and awarded by the respective Selection Committees.

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2. Evergreen Scholarships for Arts Students
Mr. Lam Sum-Chee, a HKU History alumnus, generously established a scholarship fund to support arts and humanities students to pursue undergraduate study.

Targets: First-year students studying BA or its relevant joint-degree programmes

Eligibility:
– Outstanding public examination results for admission to HKU; and
– With proven financial need.

Value of each scholarship: Full-year tuition fee (i.e. HK$42,100) and hall residence fee

Application deadline: January 30, 2015, 11:59 pm

Application method: Interested students should submit the application on-line via HKU Portal (Self Service -> Other Self Service -> Application for Awards).

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the Selection Panel in February/March 2015.

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3. Future Global Leaders (FGL) Programme 2015
With an aim of creating a global network of exemplary young leaders, the FGL programme selects high achievers internationally and support them with the following:

– a 20-day field-based leadership development course at Wyoming’s Rocky Mountains;
– funded internships in New York, Paris, London, and Hong Kong; and
– targeted mentorship from high level professional

Last year, 22 outstanding students from universities in the US and France were selected as FGL fellows.

Target Students: First-generation university students* who are in Year 1 and are aspired to achieve the highest levels of leadership in their field on a global scale and have a track record of academic excellence

Application Period: December 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015
On-line application: http://futureleaders.org/eligibility/

Organiser: Future Leaders Foundation
Website: http://futureleaders.org/
Enquiries: Ms. Michele Cantos (michele@future-global-leaders.org)

* This does not imply recipients of the HKU First-in-the-Family Education Fund. Both local and non-local undergraduate students who are the first-generation university students in their families are eligible to apply.

Thank you for your attention and we wish you success in your examination and application!

Best,
Kitty Wong
Director
Scholarships Office, The Registry
Please check out for more information on scholarship opportunities, background and sharing stories at HKU Scholarships website.

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Message from Information Technology Services

Dear Colleagues,

Invitation to the 2014 ITS Project Update Briefings

I have much pleasure to invite you to one of the following two repeated ITS Project Update Briefings for 2014 –

Session 1: 1 December (Monday) 14:30 (registration starts at 14:15)
Session 2: 4 December (Thursday) 09:30 (registration starts at 09:15)
Venue: 2nd Floor, KK Leung Building.

In these briefings, we are going to present a number of major projects to you, some of which will have a University-wide impact. The rundown of the two briefings are shown below –

1 Dec 4 Dec AGENDA
14:15 – 14:30 09:15 – 09:30 Registration
14:30 – 14:35 09:30 – 09:35 Opening Remark
Dr. Danny Tang
14:35 – 14:45 09:35 – 09:45 University Information Security Policy and Data Policy
Dr. Danny Tang
14:45 – 15:05 09:45 – 10:05 Enhancement of Information Security
Dr. P T Ho
15:05 – 15:25 10:05 – 10:25 Consolidation of eMail Systems
Mr. Peter Li
15:25 – 15:40 10:25 – 10:40 Tea break
Breakout A
(for Academic & Research staff)
Breakout B
(for Administrators)
15:40 – 16:00 10:40 – 11:00 Upgrade of Virtual (Digital) Learning Environment
Dr. M C Pong
Upgrade of University Smartcard Systems
Ms. Margaret Chung
16:00 – 16:20 11:00 – 11:20 Upgrade of Physical Learning Environment
Mrs. Toni Kelly
Document Management System
Mr. Peter Li
16:20 – 16:40 11:20 – 11:40 HPC/HTC Facilities & Support for Scientific Computation
Dr. P T Ho
Upgrade of Oracle Financials
Mr. Antony Hui/
Ms. Margaret Chung
16:40 – 17:00 11:40 – 12:00 HKU Mobile Services
Ms. Margaret Chung

In each briefing, we will start off by presenting several projects to all attendees followed by a tea break and then two parallel, breakout sessions with different focuses. Breakout A covers projects, which are relevant to academic and research staff; and Breakout B covers projects of concern primarily to Faculty and Departmental administrators.

The outlines of the presentations are at the end of this email.

We hope to solicit your initial views on each of the projects during the two briefings. Depending on your interests and feedback, we may arrange separate discussion sessions on specific projects afterwards.

Please register attendance through the following links:

Session 1 (1 December 2014, Monday, 14:30):
https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?&UEID=33781

Session 2 (4 December 2014, Thursday, 09:30):
https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?&UEID=33783

I look forward to discussing the projects with you and your staff.

Danny Tang
Director


Project Outlines

University Information Security Policy and Data Policy

The University is in the process of engaging a consultant to establish an Information Security Policy and a Data Policy. In this session, the scope of work of this exercise will be presented.

Enhancement of Information Security

This session will give a summary on the new information security (IS) protection measures being implemented and planned, including (a) the Web Application Firewall and the Database Firewall that will soon be put into service for protecting the central web and database application systems against cyber-attacks from the Internet, (b) the enhancement plan for the central identity authentication and management system to mitigate the growing IS threats due to leaking of users’ HKU Portal UID/PIN, and (c) a pilot device profile register to safeguard against potential IS threats from unrecognized devices on the campus network.

Consolidation of eMail Systems

Over the years, multiple email systems of different generations have been implemented at different times to serve the University community. There are systems based on legacy Linux, Microsoft Exchange and cloud-based Google Apps for Education, which poses challenges to us in system administration and user support. Moreover, quite a few departments have their own departmental email servers, the functions of which could be better and more securely provided by the central email system. A project to consolidate the eMail systems is now underway to address the above issues. Details of the consolidation strategy will be elaborated in this session.

Breakout A

Upgrade of Virtual (Digital) Learning Environment

This session will report on the enhancement of the University’s virtual learning environment, covering the lecture capture service based on the Panopto system, which is well integrated with the Moodle learning management system, mobile access to Moodle, the Moodle courses archive system, and one-stop e-learning hub. These facilities and services help to enhance the student learning experience and support teachers’ teaching activities.

Upgrade of Physical Learning Environment

This session will report upon the findings of the recent staff and student learning space experience surveys and the response to that feedback by the Learning Environment Services Team. The presentation will include details about the development of Learning Space Design Guidelines, lecture theatre refurbishments, classroom upgrades and support Staff Training, all of which contribute to the enhancement of both the student learning experience and support for our teachers’ classroom activities.

HPC/HTC Facilities and Support for Scientific Computation

This session will discuss the work in progress for supporting cutting-edge research, including (a) the salient features and launching plan of the new High-Performance Computing (HPC) system of the latest technologies that will boost the processing power for supporting research by 10 times, (b) the experience with the recently deployed High Throughput Computing (HTC) facility and the improvement plan to provide better support for researchers, and (c) the strategy of developing future support for compute-intensive research projects.

Breakout B

Upgrade of University Smartcard Systems

In last year’s ITS Project Update briefing in November 2013, we presented the “University-wide smart card systems upgrade project” initiative. The upgrade of the University Smart Card, including the Staff Card, the Student Card and the Facilities Access Card, will have a great impact on the Smart Card Access Control and Identification Systems in existence across the University. This year, you will learn about the progress of this important upgrade project.

Document Management System

To cope with the increasing volume of hard copy documents handled by departments and the need of office space for document storage, ITS is setting up a Central Document Management System. Documents will be turned into searchable digital form and stored in an electronic file repository supporting full-text search, workflow and archive. The system aims to serve as a platform for document management, electronic form and workflow with roadmaps to integrate with other business processes in the University. An overview of the project will be presented in this session.

Upgrade of Oracle Financials

Oracle Financials (or “E-Business Suite” under its new name) is the main administrative application in support of the financial services in HKU. As an administrator in your faculty/department, come to hear about the coming upgrade; its main objectives and some of the key changes expected of the upgrade. You are also welcome to share your experiences of the financial services in the University.

HKU Mobile Services

To promote the branding of the University of Hong Kong and taking advantage of the proliferation of mobile devices, ITS has, together with a number of University administrative/professional departments, launched a University mobile services hub in 2012. The mobile services have grown and matured, and the “private” Staff Corner and Student Corner were introduced in 2013. To keep up with the pace of the global trend, especially amongst academic institutions, ITS would explore with you further development opportunities of the HKU Mobile Services.

Message from Office of International Student Exchange
Dear Student,

Please don’t forget to apply for the HKUWW Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme 2015/16. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. December 1, 2014.

Application procedures can be found at http://www.als.hku.hk/admission/exchange/outgoing-students/programmes/hkuww/2015-2016/Application

If you have missed the information sessions in October and November, please check out http://www.als.hku.hk/admission/exchange/events/infosesh for the PowerPoints used in the sessions.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at goabroad@hku.hk.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Best regards,
Office of International Student Exchange
G/F Fong Shu Chuen Amenities Centre

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Message from Professor George Tham, Associate Vice-President (Teaching & Learning)

Dear Colleagues,

The University of Hong Kong is committed to providing an education of the highest quality. Your valuable input on the e-Learning survey will help us to understand how we can provide a better physical and virtual learning environment as well as to enhance the teaching and learning experiences.

A little while ago we asked you to provide feedback on your e-Learning experience. Could you please take some time to complete the questionnaire which can be viewed by clicking on the URL below.

https://onlinesurvey.cetl.hku.hk/elearn.htm

Your answers will remain anonymous and your survey responses will be kept strictly confidential.

Best regards,

Professor George Tham
Associate Vice-President (Teaching & Learning)
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Associate Dean (Quality Assurance), Faculty of Engineering
The University of Hong Kong

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