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PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 February, 2014, 11:16am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 February, 2014, 11:16am

Lingnan University in expansion mode

Lingnan University has set up a department of applied psychology, roping in psychologists originally from the department of sociology and social policy. Besides teaching, the department will conduct research on occupational health psychology, human-computer interactions, cross-cultural psychology and positive psychology.

A laboratory has also been set up within the department, which has audiovisual equipment to record and monitor single- and multiple-participant experiments, as well as observation studies.

Chinese engineer elected as member of elite US academy

Professor Tony Chan Fan-cheong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology president, has been elected as a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

The academy's membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice or education, including significant contributions to the engineering literature", and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education".

Chan, an American citizen and Stanford University graduate, is the only ethnic Chinese member among the 67 newly elected members to the academy this year.

Oxford singers to jazz it up for debut tour of Hong Kong

The Oxford University-based jazz a cappella group, The Oxford Gargoyles, will arrive in Hong Kong on their debut tour next month.

They will perform from March 20 to April 4 at venues as diverse as concert halls, music bars, outdoor areas, shopping malls and private clubs, as well as 10 local and international schools.

The group's repertoire includes jazz standards, grooving funk tunes and an occasional pop rendition.