Newsletter No. 353

No. 353, 4.3.2010 NEWS & EVENTS 中科院访问团与中大主管人员及教授 The CAS delegation, with senior officers and professors from CUHK 中科院院士讲座系列 Visit by CAS Academicians • 中 大于2月2至6日举办第三届中国科学院(中科院) 院士访校计划,访问团成员包括北京航空航天大 学教授及软件开发环境国家重点实验室主任李未院士、 中科院数学与系统科学研究院院长郭雷院士、中科院数 学与系统科学研究院研究员陈翰馥院士、中国科学技术 大学教授及量子资讯重点实验室主任郭光灿院士、清华 大学计算机科学与技术系教授张钹院士、中科院上海技 术物理研究所研究员 君浩院士,以及中科院港澳台事务 办公室张兴根主任和中科院院士工作局技术信息办公室 高级业务主管胡筠女士。 访问团与中大主管人员署理校长华云生教授、候任校长 沈祖尧教授、许敬文副校长、黄乃正副校长及徐扬生协理 副校长等会晤,亦会见了工程学院和理学院教授,到访工 程学院实验室及相关研究设施,以了解中大最新的科研计 划和发展,交流意见,探讨未来合作的可能性。 六位院士更于2月4日主讲院士讲座系列,与逾百位师生及 校外人士探讨控制理论与系统科学、量子信息、计算机视 觉研究、极化物理材料和器件等课题。 T he 3rd Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Academicians Visit Programme took place from 2 to 6 February. The CAS delegation comprised Prof. Li Wei, professor at Beihang University and director of the State Key Laboratory of Software Development Environment; Prof. Guo Lei, president of the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science; Prof. Chen Hanfu from the Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science; Prof. Guo Guangcan, professor at the University of Science and Technology of China and director of the Key Laboratory of Quantum Information; Prof. Zhang Bo, professor at the Computer Science and Technology Department, Tsinghua University; Prof. Chu Junhao from the CAS Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics; Mr. Zhang Xinggen, director of the CAS Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Office; and Ms. Hu Jun from the CAS Division Office of Information Technical Sciences and Technological Sciences. The delegates were received by Prof. Benjamin W. Wah, Acting Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Joseph J.Y. Sung, Vice- Chancellor Designate; Prof. Michael K.M. Hui, Pro-Vice- Chancellor; Prof. Henry N.C. Wong, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Prof. Xu Yangsheng, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor. They met with representatives from the Faculties of Engineering and Science, and visited laboratories to exchange ideas and build links. On 4 February, the academicians delivered lectures on systems science, quantum information, and infrared physics, etc., to an audience of over a hundred. can increase output through changes in procedures, processes, or organizational structure with the same resources. Mrs. Cheng believes that the unit head and the colleagues of the unit under review know best where their resources should be spent and how to deploy the resources according to their needs. Therefore, Mrs. Cheng stressed, ‘The MER Update is a joint process between the IAO and the unit under review. Internal auditors are not miracle workers. We don’t have a crystal ball and we can NOT find the solution for the right level of resources on our own. What IAO does is to work together with the operating unit to collect factual data, perform analysis, and enable the unit’s management to have a realistic self-assessment of their own operation and resources.’ A simplistic expression of IAO’s role in the MER Update is that we are the one who hold a mirror up to the unit under review so that the unit’s management can (a) see how they currently deploy the unit’s resources for each key service or process, and (b) determine whether similar resource deployment can be applied to the anticipated workload in 2012. Since internal auditors are not jacks of all trades, IAO would engage external consultants to assist them in areas that require specialized knowledge whenever necessary. At the end of the day, the measurement of efficiency is not an exact science. As Mrs. Cheng puts it, ‘It’s the art of balancing resources with objectives, missions and cultures of the units.’ ‘Internal audit is an integral part of a good governance structure. It’s very common for a sizable organization to have an objective and independent office to carry out this function,’ said Mrs. Cheng. The sister universities in Hong Kong either have their own internal audit office or outsource the function to an international auditing firm. Auditing can be a thankless job and internal auditors are not always embraced with open arms. Mrs. Cheng said that she did have to deal with some very skeptical clients, but having an engaging and out-reaching personality definitely helped her to reduce some unnecessary tension with them. She said, ‘In addition to technical skills, internal audit requires someone with patience and a lot of people skills. A difficult client can become a friendly and helpful colleague if due care is given to his/her concerns.’ When asked what brings her satisfaction, Mrs. Cheng said that she derives satisfaction from a feeling that she and the internal audit team have made a difference. (接上页 Continued ) 内部审核处各种审计工作 Types of Audit Performed by IAO 内部审核处的审计工作包括以下类型 IAO covers the following types of audit 1 财务审计: 评估财务系统和相关控制 Financial audit — relates to the assessment of a financial system and related controls 2 营运审计: 审核营运情况和内部控制,以评估是否达 到管理层订立的目标 Operational audit — includes a review of the operational system and internal controls to assess whether they achieve the objectives established by the management 3 遵循审计: 检讨运作方法或程序,以评估是否遵循既 定的规则、政策或条例 Compliance audit — involves a review of processes or procedures to assess the degree of compliance with established rules, policies, or regulations 4 资讯安全及资讯系统审计: 针对大学资讯系统和网 络安全的关键控制 Information security and IT system audit — focuses on key security controls for the University’s information systems and networks 5 特别调查: 应大学管理层要求所进行的调查 Ad-hoc investigations — carries out at the request of the senior management

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