Hong Kong Polytechnic University has honoured 13 staff for 'outstanding service'. The President's Award for Achievement was presented in recognition of their contribution to teaching, research and scholarly activities, professional service to the university and overall achievement. The teaching and administrative staff who received the awards were selected by a panel made up of the PolyU president, Professor Poon Chung-kwong, the deputy chairman of the PolyU Council, two vice-presidents and the president of the Students' Union. Officiating at the third annual presentation ceremony, Professor Poon said the staff set a fine example. 'They have rendered a high standard of service to PolyU and their unwavering dedication and commitment are undoubtedly a cornerstone of the institution's success,' he said. Associate Professor Dr Alice Lai Cheng Cheng-gea of the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences received the overall achievement award. Dr Lai, who has served PolyU for nearly eight years, improved her department's teaching process in promoting a problem basis learning approach. 'By incorporating successfully the problem-solving skills, students are trained to be practical, intelligent and creative. They are able to solve daily life problems and be competent real health workers,' she said. Dr Lai set up a local case bank in 1995, under PolyU's Quality Enhancement Fund Project, on the psychological development of children with special needs. It was the first of its kind in Hong Kong and now has more than 100 case studies. She said teaching, research and community services were interlinked. Dr Gabriel Ng Yin-fat, Assistant Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Science, received the president's teaching award. Dr Ng, who joined the university in August 1995, has won regular acclaim from his students and colleagues for his dedication and academic work. He has received awards in the United States and Australia as an 'outstanding young investigator'. Award winners were each presented with a trophy, a $5,000 cash gift token and had their names engraved on a plaque outside the Pao Yue- kong Library.