CityU Joins Hands with Thiz
to Promote Educational as well as Technological Advancement of Linux
March 4, 2003
City University of Hong Kong's Department of
Computer Engineering and Information Technology and Thiz Technology
Group Limited ("Thiz", stock code:8119) today announced
the launch of a joint collaboration in promoting education on Linux
and developing the technology. Linux has received the recognition
from the central governments of mainland China and Germany. It is
one of the key computer operating systems advocated by the government
of China and is very popular in the mainland. The agreement between
CityU and Thiz marked a major milestone in the development of education
on Linux in local tertiary institutions as CityU is the first institution
to join Thiz in promoting the education of this important operating
system in the world following the establishment of "Thiz Open
Software Education Alliances" in mainland China.
Under the agreement, CityU's Department of Computer
Engineering and Information Technology will join hands with Thiz
to organize training on Linux for IT professionals and students
and explore opportunities to develop applications on Linux systems.
They will also jointly establish a Linux resources and examination
centre, the first of its kind at a Hong Kong tertiary institution.
The centre will offer Linux courses, train Linux teachers and gives
Speaking at the signing ceremony held today at CityU,
Professor Hong Yan, Acting Head of CityU's Department of Computer
Engineering and Information Technology, said "We strive to
provide training to meet the changing needs of the community and
enhance the competitive edge of our students. With the support of
Thiz, we will equip students with practical knowledge in Linux and
its applications, and the ability to design and implement the systems,
an operating system which has been gaining increasing influence
in mainland China."
Ms Lily Chan, General Manager of Thiz Technology
Group Limited, said "The collaboration with CityU will enable
us to broaden our education alliance and help to promote the application
of Linux. The establishment of the ThizLinux examination centre
at CityU marks our first step towards the development of training
on Linux in Hong Kong."
CityU's Department of Computer Engineering and Information
Technology aspires to become one of the best educators and researchers
in the areas of computer engineering and information technology
in the Asia Pacific Region. It also aims to foster collaboration
with the industry and the Government to promote synergy for the
developments on IT research and education. The Department is actively
engaged in research in areas such as image and speech signal processing,
computer graphics and animation, multimedia information systems,
Internet computing, mobile communications and security technology.
A pioneer developer of Linux platform and information
technology business software application business, Thiz is one of
the largest and most experienced suppliers of Linux systems and
related application system in the world. It has made substantial
achievements in promoting the application of Linux. It has established
the first "Thiz Open Software Education Alliances" (http://www.education.thizlinux.com)
in mainland China, under which over 30 mainland universities, which
included Beijing University, collaborate with Thiz to train hundreds
of thousands Linux operating system, software system and network
management talents. CityU is the first among the tertiary institutions
in Hong Kong which has been identified by Thiz to be its partner
in this endeavour.
The Collaboration Signing Ceremony held today on
CityU campus was officiated by Prof Edmond I. Ko, CityU's Vice President
(Undergraduate Education) & Dean of Students; Professor Hong
Yan, Acting Head of CityU's Department of Computer Engineering and
Information Technology; Mr Albert Wong, CEO of Thiz and Ms Lily
Chan, General Manager of Thiz.
For media enquiries, please contact Ms Claudia
Ho of City University of Hong Kong's Public Affairs Office at 2788
9325 or Mr Raymond Si Tou of Thiz at 2735 2725.
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