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New CityU–KEF Acoustics Centre to spearhead research and learning


Karen Cheng
A state-of-the-art acoustics centre set up with the support of KEF, a leading loudspeaker brand under the Gold Peak Group (GP), will strengthen research and teaching in acoustics engineering at City University of Hong Kong (CityU).
 
The newly established CityU-KEF Acoustics Centre, which marks another milestone in collaborations between CityU and GP, will provide students with a well-equipped learning environment for the use, production, monitoring and manipulation of sound for a variety of purposes and spaces.
 
The facilities will include an audio laboratory and an AV room with high-quality audio equipment, development tools and the latest hardware provided by KEF. These resources will facilitate laboratory teaching, project learning and industrial training in areas related to acoustics technology.
 
The Centre was officially launched on 3 October by Mr Victor Lo Chung-wing, Chairman and Chief Executive of Gold Peak Group, Dr Brian Li Yiu-cheung, Managing Director of GP Industries Limited, Professor Arthur Ellis, Provost of CityU, and Professor Man Kim-fung, Head of the Department of Electronic Engineering of CityU.
 
“We are very glad to collaborate with CityU on the establishment of the CityU-KEF Acoustics Centre and we hope that it can facilitate students’ learning,” Mr Lo said at the ceremony. “We hope to help nurture a new generation of local acoustics elites by sharing our over 50 years of knowledge and experience in acoustics engineering and loudspeaker manufacturing.”
 
Professor Ellis thanked KEF for helping the University enhance student learning in this field and to produce more industrially relevant acoustic and audio research.
 
“The Centre will create new knowledge that will help meet the growing need for high-quality audio technology and equipment brought about by advancements in society,” Professor Ellis said.
 
“This Centre is an excellent example of what we intend to accomplish with our Discovery-enriched Curriculum, which encourages students to explore the unknown and create new knowledge to benefit society. With such advanced facilities, our students will have an extraordinary opportunity to pursue their own projects and make original discoveries in the field of acoustics engineering,” he added.
 
Professor Man said, “The Centre would support both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the Department of Electronic Engineering, with KEF providing the students with training opportunities, too.”
 
“In addition, students could work in the Centre on projects including the design of loudspeakers and amplifiers, the exploration of 3D sound technology and the analysis of AV room design through the Industrial Placement Scheme,” he said.