UN recognises university's marine centre A marine research centre at City University has been awarded a designation of excellence by the United Nations in recognition for its contribution towards conservation. The Centre for Marine Environmental Research and Innovative Technology was honoured as the first Regional Centre of Excellence in Marine Pollution. Established five years ago, the centre has done extensive research and given advice to governments around the world on pollution and sustainable development. It recently received a HK$8.1 million grant from the University Grants Committee for a laboratory to further boost its research capabilities. Academy students win music prizes Two music students from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts were awarded major prizes at separate international music competitions. Year Three student Zhao Ning won first prize at the Sixth Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition held in Slovakia in April. Another student who brought honour to the academy was Judy Lim, who won third prize at the Fourth International Francesco Paolo Tosti Singing Competition last month in Italy. The Year Three student, who took second in the Asia preliminary, was one of the top five representatives from Asia to enter the final round of the competition. 5 to be offered honorary doctorates The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology will offer honorary doctorates next month to the founder of Yangtzekiang Garment, Chan Sui-kau; Nobel laureates Aaron Ciechanover and David Gross; Shuji Nakamura, professor in electronic engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and HKUST's founding president, Woo Chia-wei.