University staff are to march on March 30 against the government's plan to de-link their salaries from the civil service pay scale. The Federation of Higher Education Staff Association has initiated the protest, which is also supported by the Professional Teachers' Union. THE POPULAR CHOICE Medicine and business administration were the most popular subjects chosen by outstanding sixth-formers under the early admissions scheme. Medicine degrees at both University of Hong Kong and Chinese University received more than 170 applications out of the 400-odd total. About half of the 339 applications received by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology were for global business management. ART ARCHIVE OPENS Hong Kong's first research centre for contemporary Asian art opens today at 2/F, 8 Wah Koon Building, 181-191 Hollywood Rd. The Asia Art Archive provides visitors with access to art books, magazines, monographs, online catalogues and audio-video recordings FIVE TO GET DEGREES The University of Hong Kong will next week confer honorary degrees on Education Commision chairwoman Rosanna Wong Yick-ming; Hong Kong Airport architect Lord Foster of Thames Bank; Shanghai professor Xu Kuangdi; architect John Choa, and former HKU chaplain Alfred Deignan. INNOVATIVE FUNDING The Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) is inviting applications for funding under the Innovation and Technology Support Programme and the General Support Programme. Projects should contribute to innovation and the development of industry. Deadline is April 30. Call 2737 2229 or visit itf.gov.hk CLOSURE ON RUMOURS Media reports that the Hong Kong Internet Exchange (HKIX) is under threat of closure are untrue, a spokesman for Chinese University (CUHK) has said. Launched in 1995 and operated by CUHK, HKIX is the principal community internet exchange serving Hong Kong. FIRST ON THE CIRCUIT Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is to launch a part-time MSc in integrated circuit design engineering, the first of its kind in Hong Kong and the mainland. The programme is organised with the Shenzhen campus of Peking University. Visit sengpp.ust.hk/msc/icde.