THE Information Technology Fair at the Chinese University of Hong Kong flashed a sharp message: IT (Information Technology) is quietly but surely revolutionising our tertiary academic world. Just look at what the university's students and staff are doing now because of it: students studying anatomy can tap into German software and view a three-dimensional brain using an interactive dissection-like style on the computer screen; experimental virtual reality has helped architecture students to 'walk through' architectural designs; and students are now talking to strangers across the globe seeing their faces on their desktop computers, thanks to video conferencing. And if this is not enough and you missed yesterday's South China Morning Post, you can still read it - on screen from the Hong Kong Newspaper Database Dr Cheung Kwok-wai has been developing for the seven local universities. IT was infiltrating many departments, said Philip Leung Kwong-hon of the Information Technology Unit which organised the event. 'Since the introduction of the Internet and World Wide Web two years ago, more and more departments have become more mature in applying the technology,' he said. 'The purpose of this annual fair is to let students and teachers know what level of information technology they have reached. 'And we hope the displays from various departments will inspire further development.' Nine departments, research institutes and teaching units took part in last month's two-day fair, which received about 3,000 visitors.