HKUST unveils top management changes Hong Kong University of Science and Technology this week announced changes to its management team for the start of the new academic year. Current vice-president for research and development, Professor Roland Chin Tai-hong, is to take over as acting vice-president for academic affairs when Professor Chan Yuk-shee stands down at the end of the month. Professor Chin's place is to be taken by his current deputy, associate vice-president for research and development, Professor Tony Eastham. Both appointments are effective from September 1. OUHK breaks ground on Ho Man Tin building Open University of Hong Kong broke ground on the second phase of its campus buildings in Ho Man Tin. The new 12-storey building - scheduled to be completed in 2008 at a cost of about HK$200 million - will have classrooms, laboratories, computer rooms, lecture theatres and other facilities to accommodate 1,600 students. The groundbreaking ceremony was officiated by Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun and members of the university's council. CUHK professor helps games designers A design professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong has unveiled a system which aims to improve local computer game designers' competitiveness on the Chinese market. Hui Kin-chuen, professor at the department of automation and computer-aided engineering, said his three-dimensional game development system, Curvair, would speed up the process of creating new game animations. CityU study on gifted secondary students City University of Hong Kong has launched a six-month study into gifted secondary school students' potential for electronics technology research. Twenty four students, who had been nominated by their schools, this week signed certificates of commitment to do research into subjects including smart card applications and the development of virtual three-dimensional worlds on the internet. A collaboration between the Education and Manpower Bureau and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Hong Kong section, the study will be co-ordinated by three academics at CityU's department of electrical engineering. International relations conference Asian political leaders are gathering with 500 student delegates from around the region in Singapore this weekend for the 15th Harvard University Conference on International Relations. The conference, a collaboration between Harvard, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University, opened yesterday and runs until Monday.