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Message from the Director - On the Commencement of the 2014/15 Academic Year

The 2014/15 academic year is due to start in a few days.  It gives me much pleasure to welcome new staff and students joining the University, as well as colleagues and students returning from the summer break.

As soon as the 2012/13 academic year was over, we have been working on a number of projects in preparing for the new academic year.  The notable ones related to the University’s teaching and learning environments include refurbishing eight lecture theatres in the Main Campus; enhancing the facilities in some teaching venues in the Centennial Campus and improvement works in the Chi Wah Learning Commons based on user feedback; upgrading Moodle to the new Release 2.6.3; launching a new one-stop eLearning hub accessible via HKU Portal (My eLearning tab); and releasing the Moodle’s mobile interface in the new HKU App Version 1.4.    

In the next few weeks, we are going to introduce to new colleagues and several thousand new students the University’s IT environment and to assist them to start using the wide spectrum of IT facilities and resources available to them.  We will have an exhibition on the ground floor of the Chi Wah Learning Commons giving an overview of the University’s IT infrastructure, systems and services, and the central teaching and learning facilities.  Along with that, there will be introductory talks for staff and students on the spectrum of services that we offer, as well as talks for teachers on the Learning Management System (Moodle) and the Lecture Capture Service (Panopto).

Apart from the preparatory works for the new academic year, we have made good progress in our other projects as well over the summer.  I am pleased to report that the PABX phone system with around 1,000 phone lines in the Faculty of Medicine Building was successfully replaced by IP phone lines in August; detailed planning to upgrade the University’s smartcard systems for transition from 4-byte card to 7-byte card has just been completed; the Data Loss Prevention project is moving forward according to plan; tender evaluation is well underway for setting up a new High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster by the end of the year in support of scientific computation; and the development work of a central Documents Management System platform has just commenced for deployment in 2015.

I hope the above gives our readers a glimpse of the wide range of works we have been undertaking in the last several months.  If you have any queries regarding the facilities and services provided by IT Services, please feel free to contact me. 

 

Danny Tang
Director of IT Services
Tel: 3549 5333
Email: dwhtang@hku.hk