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Professor Ray Pine was appointed as visiting fellow at SPEED in May. He is in charge of promoting the School's mentorship scheme, which provides advice and guidance to new and junior teaching staff.


Prof. Pine has more than 40 years' experience in the hotel and catering industry. He has also been teaching at various universities for 26 years. His scope of work covers hotel and tourism development in China, technology transfer within the hotel and tourism industry, issues of human resources and service quality, as well as leadership and management changes in the industry.

Prof. Pine previously taught at PolyU's School of Hotel and Tourism Management for 16 years and served as Head of Department for three years. With his extensive teaching and research experiences, Prof. Pine will surely be a great asset to the School.



Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK 英國紐卡素的諾桑比亞大學

I visited Northumbria University for a second time this summer. Below are pictures that I took during my trip:


This is the main entrance of the Newcastle Business School

This will be the new campus for the Newcastle Business School. It will be opened in 2007

The "Millennium Bridge" is a major development of the Quayside area. Visitors can view nearby sceneries from the bridge.

World Cup 2006 2006 世界盃

I was in Lille on 10 July this year. The city was bustling with excitement as the citizens cheered for their national team France, a finalist in the World Cup. Many shops and restaurants either closed earlier or did not open for business for the day. More than 20,000 people flooded the city's stadium, which broadcast the match between France and Italy on two enormous screens. I saw a sea of national flags under a magnificent display of fireworks in the stadium. Unfortunately, France lost to Italy.


Quality of Life - Lille, France 法國里爾 :啟迪優質生活

Lille is a French city famous for its cultural life and tranquility.


Shops are closed on Sundays. During weekdays, they are open for 7 hours only. You can often see locals enjoying cups of coffee during mornings

France has many coffee shops, which serve as gathering joints for locals

"Mussels" – stir-fried with garlic, butter and white wine – is a famous French dish.


I have been teaching at SPEED for two years now. In June, I took a long vacation to Western Europe and visited cities, such as France, Italy, Netherland, Belgium and Germany. During the trip, I have visited almost every museum and church that I could find. Out of the cities I visited, Paris is my favourite. I highly recommend Musee du Louvre where you can appreciate two famous works of art, "Venus de Milo" and "Mona Lisa".


Musee du Louvre lives up to its world-famous reputation.

Your Paris trip would not be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower.
You can see the whole city's skyline on the top floor.

The Eiffel Tower is another incredible architecture that has become a symbol of Paris. When I took the elevator to the top of the tower, I had a full view of the city's skyline. The scenery was breathtaking! If you know Paris well enough, you can even spot the City's landmarks such as the Sacre Coeur, L'arc de triomphe, and the Louvre.


I recommend visitors to pay another visit to the Eiffel Tower at night (after 10:00pm) when the twinkle lights are on. This is when you can experience the romantic and glamorous side of the Eiffel tower.


The Eiffel Tower at night.