From the Dean

From the Dean

Professor Houmin Yan

Welcome to this second edition of City Business Magazine!

Our cover story this time is the Alibaba IPO, and in Genie out of the Bottle CB faculty and other experts comment on the significance of the New York launch. CB has been working with Alibaba for a number of years in both research projects through the Centre for Social Media Marketing and Business Intelligence, and student internships. Last summer our students got an insight into what drives innovation in a company that is taking the world by storm – as you can read in Alibaba Global Dreaming project.

We also feature CB's new Theme-based Research Scheme project, Delivering 21st Century Healthcare in Hong Kong. This is the first time the Hong Kong Research Grants Council has awarded such a prestigious scheme to CityU, and we very much look forward to working with our partners on this project, in Hong Kong and around the world.

Delivering 21st Century Healthcare involves collaboration with a number of leading healthcare professionals. We are delighted to have Professor EK Yeoh, formerly Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food of the Government of the HKSAR, and Professor Hong Fung, formerly Cluster Chief Executive of the New Territories East at the Hospital Authority on board. The efficient delivery of healthcare has been widely debated in recent years, and this project promises to make a crucial contribution to our society.

In Dialogues on Salt and Iron Professor Yin-wong Cheung brings us some surprising insights from the past, whilst Burning desire to learn features Professor Muammer Ozer's innovative DBA programme and highlights a selection of our students' recent research. It's always interesting to catch up with alumni from around the world, and in Cambridge: a cautious embrace we hear from Dr Helen Bao, University Lecturer in real estate finance in the Department of Land Economy, at the University of Cambridge.

I do hope you enjoy reading this edition of our Magazine, and we very much welcome your feedback!

Houmin Yan