Dr Kam-cheong Li
Director of University Research Centre

Message from the Director of URC

As the University moved into the second phase of its institutional research capacity development, three institutes were established to foster research in three strategic areas, viz. international business and governance, bilingual learning and teaching, and open and innovative education. In this issue, we are pleased to feature the Institute of International Business and Governance (IIBG), which was established to allow colleagues to gain insights into and up-to-date information about the latest development in the relevant business fields. I heartily congratulate Professor Alan Au — Dean of the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration and the IIBG Director — and his team on their success in securing substantial funding from the Research Grants Council for the exciting series of activities to be carried out by his colleagues, together with six Distinguished Professors who have just been appointed for the Institute. Members of the University community, especially business colleagues, will have much to gain by participating in upcoming IIBG events.

While encouraging projects in line with the development of the University, our President has been emphasizing the importance of research publications, an area on which academics may wish to increase their focus. For this purpose, it would be useful for colleagues to not only keep a record of their completed research, but also make a list of potential publication venues and an updated plan for their forthcoming work and papers to be written for publication.

Applications for the Katie Shu Sui Pui Charitable Trust – Research and Publication Fund (Applied Research) will close in late May, and I encourage colleagues to apply. The Fund aims to promote a research culture by supporting research that serves and benefits the community. In the last funding exercise, the Fund generously supported several meaningful research projects, which included studies with the potential for understanding language use, allaying social stigma, and improving public health. Scholarship and research help to make the world a better place and, for this reason, the University’s Honorary Fellow and alumna, Ms Katie Shu, has provided generous support for applied research and publications. Please consider taking this opportunity to submit your research proposals and honour Ms Shu’s commitment to the University’s development.

Besides research institutes and competitive funding opportunities, researchers also need tools for their intellectual craft. Three workshops on research tools were organized to refresh users’ skills. A workshop on the premier bibliographical software, EndNote, taught users how to manage references and compile a bibliography with a few clicks. Also, the Library ran two workshops — on the Web of Science and Scopus, both subscription-based research databases. These two workshops assisted faculty members and interested students to benefit from the most relevant and authoritative data filtered by the parameters of their choice; and they also let users search for the leading scholars, journals, articles and institutions in effective ways through intelligent functions of the databases. In relation to the first workshop above, the University Research Centre has already released an EndNote User Guide suited to the University community’s needs. I encourage novice EndNote users to consult it.

Last but not least, a flurry of major events in the summer will keep everyone busy. The Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities will organize its second annual twin conferences on Digital Humanities and Digital Culture; the Open and Innovative Education Week and the International Conference on Open and Flexible Education will bring renowned experts in their fields to Hong Kong; and the Institute for Research in Innovative Technology & Sustainability will host a conference with a dual purpose — to bring together top scholars and celebrate the Institute’s first anniversary. I hope you are just as thrilled as I am and look forward to in-depth discussions and enjoyable meetings.



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