City University has announced a shake up of its upper management structure in a move its president says will enable it to meet challenges faced in its future development. The changes involve the appointment two more vice-presidents, bringing the number of members of the top tier of management to six, including the president. CityU president Chang Hsin-kang said the changes to the management structure were aimed at helping the university in the transition to a four-year degree in 2011, plus the recruitment of more mainland and overseas students and the promotion of applied research. Dean of research and graduate studies Professor Roderick Wong is now vice-president for research. Dean of undergraduate education Professor Richard Ho has ben appointed vice-president for undergraduate education. Professor Chang said the promotions would 'accentuate the growth and importance of these areas'. 'It is very natural for us to promote them to vice-president,' Professor Chang said. 'If the deputy president and I are the only two able to chair meetings or make announcements it would not be good for the university. He said the new structure would allow for a more efficient division of labour as there would now be one member of the upper management tier for each of the university's six developmental taskforces. It would also ensure the university's stability when he retired next year. The university's director of human resources, Dr Ellen Ko, has been named acting vice-president for administration to take the place of Professor Wong Yuk-shan. Professor Chang said the position was not permanent as a formal recruitment exercise had not been carried out.