Dr Kam-cheong Li
Director of University Research Centre


Message from the Director of URC

This is the first issue of the Research Bulletin in 2016. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a productive and fruitful year! As we enter the new year, we are confident about our research development as 2015 was a rewarding year for the University in research.

Let me quickly review our achievements in the last year. Our University obtained very good results in applications for funding from the Research Grants Council (RGC), with our success rates in both the RGC Faculty Development Scheme and Inter-institutional Development Scheme increasing. Also, the Institute for Research in Innovative Technology and Sustainability (IRITS) and the Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities (RIDCH) were launched. Both institutes and the University Research Centre have actively promoted research in the University. For this purpose, we have organized more than 60 academic seminars on a broad range of topics.

These institutes organized two major academic events in the last two months. On 20–23 November 2015, IRITS organized the 6th International Conference on Prevention and Management of Harmful Algal Blooms in the South China Sea cum the 2nd International Conference on Beneficial Uses of Algal Biomass. Also, on 17–18 December 2015, RIDCH organized a conference on Digital Humanities 2015, in conjunction with a conference on Digital Culture 2015.

These achievements illustrate our conscientious efforts to develop our University’s research capacity. I should like to extend my thanks to the management for their support and to academic colleagues for their participation in our activities and their professional endeavours in research. Our research development would not have been possible without their efforts and commitment. We have seen a gradual enhancement in our research culture, in terms of the quantity and quality of research studies produced.

The University’s Library also plays an active role in enhancing our research resources. It has included the services of “bX Recommender” and “Scopus” in October and November 2015, respectively. The former helps users to discover articles potentially relevant to their interests, while the latter is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. I would like to thank the Library for their speedy follow-up after URC’s recommendation for the services. Colleagues who teach research method courses may introduce the services to your students who will carry out their projects soon.

I believe that a substantial number of colleagues are now working on research proposals for the 2016 RGC funding of the Faculty Development Scheme and/or the Inter-Institutional Development Scheme. I wish all of them good luck in their funding applications.

Looking ahead, through this e-newsletter, we will continue to share with you the University’s research-related news, as well as useful information and resources for research. We are keen to keep improving this bulletin to suit our colleagues’ needs, and you are welcome to suggest any content for this e-newsletter that may facilitate research. I would like to work closely with you to scale new heights in our research achievements.

    

 

© Copyright 2016. The Open University of Hong Kong. All Rights Reserved.