THE City University of Hong Kong and China's Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) have reached an agreement on academic exchanges aimed at developing relations between the two institutions in the run-up to 1997. According to the agreement, HIT and CityU will each assign two professors to visit each other's campuses for two weeks a year. The exchanges will involve lecturers from the computer science faculties. CityU's vice-chancellor, Cheng Yiu-chung, said this was the first such co-operation programme the university had entered with HIT. The HIT's president, Professor Yang Shiquin, said: 'We were impressed with the application of new information technologies in Hong Kong and the positive and enthusiastic attitude of the scholars. 'The co-operation programme will strengthen the university's research, especially in relation to computer science,' he said.