UM News https://www.um.edu.mo/ $title en_us hourly 1<![CDATA[]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991912https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991912<![CDATA[]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991911https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991911<![CDATA[]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991910https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991910<![CDATA[]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991909https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991909<![CDATA[Seven Must-do Things for Newcomers to UM]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48584https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48584Dear passengers, welcome aboard! This train is bound for the University of Macau, a place where you will meet new friends, learn new knowledge, and have new experiences that exceed your expectations. To help you make the most of your journey, we have compiled a list of seven must-do things for newcomers. Ready to explore? Buckle up and read on.

Take Advantage of the All-English Environment

An all-English environment is one of the distinguishing features of UM. To help students adapt to this new environment, the English Language Centre (ELC) offers English language courses at different levels, one-to-one classes in spoken English and writing, and annual English summer camps that provide an immersive environment to help students practice English.

James Hong, a second-year student in the Department of Psychology, attended the English summer camp and it made him realise the importance of self-directed learning. ‘The camp helped us review grammar and learn new vocabulary. I also learned how to effectively express my thoughts and how to get along with other students and my roommates,’ he says. The ELC is not alone in helping students adapt to an all-English learning environment; the residential colleges also organize courses in English, writing, and drama on a regular basis to integrate English learning in students’ daily life.

Attend Lectures by Masters

Lettice Zhang, a fourth-year student in the Faculty of Education, comes from a city in the Greater Bay Area. Of all the lectures and workshops she has attended over the past four years, a lecture by the renowned educator Prof Zhong Binglin that took place two years ago left a particularly deep impression on her. During the question and answer session, she asked Prof Zhong: ‘What is it that we need the most for successful primary school education?’ To which Prof Zhong replied: ‘A well-balanced development and the incorporation of more inspirational elements.’ Prof Zhong believes that is the way to help children discover their interests and find the direction they wish to pursue. ‘His words have echoed in my head ever since that day,’ says Zhang.

UM often invites academic leaders and well-known individuals to give lectures. In the last academic year, Zhang attended lectures by Prof Kai-Fu Lee, a world-renowned expert in artificial intelligence, and Prof Wang Anyi, a well-known writer and a recipient of an honorary doctorate from UM. However, she has gained much more from these lectures than mere intellectual stimulation; she has also collected more than 50 smart points, which qualified her for a grant of 10,000 patacas when she applied for an exchange programme in Canada.

Try to Get into the Honours College

If you want to take your learning experience at UM up a notch, you should try to enter the Honours College (HC). Ceci Chio, a third-year student in the International Integrated Resort Management programme, was admitted directly into the HC because of the Golden Lotus Scholarship for freshmen she received. What she loves the most about the HC is that it helps improve her leadership, teamwork and communication skills. ‘Each year, the HC organises a talent show, and everyone in the class is responsible for a different aspect of the event,’ she says. ‘The difference in our culturalbackgrounds requires us to work closely with one another and make thorough preparation beforehand. ’

The HC also offers various leadership training courses and the opportunity to study in exchange programmes at top universities overseas. Academically excellent freshmen are admitted directly, while other students with outstanding performance can also apply. The application period is from March to June every year.

Join Student Organisations to Discover Your Potential

Okay, enough talk about studies. No college life is complete without extracurricular activities. Cheryl Cheang, a second-year student in the Faculty of Education, clearly lives by this principle. As soon as she entered UM, she joined the House Association and the cheerleading team of her residential college. Later, she joined the Members Affairs Department of the Students’ Union, which is mainly responsible for liaising with commercial outlets on campus on behalf of the students. Cheang is now the president of the RC House Association. She is grateful for the people she met in the House Association and the new experiences that helped her grow. ‘Had I not joined the House Association, I wouldn’t be the person I am today,’ she says. ‘Joining these orgaisations gave me a lot of opportunities to discover my potential and acquire useful skills, such as event planning skills and time management skills. It has also helped me become a more responsible person. ’

Participate in an Exchange Programme

Ah, the tantalising topic of travel! If you love travel and has a GPA of 2.0 or higher, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to go on an exchange programme, as it offers you a unique travel experience that allows you to not only visit an exciting new place, but to also make new friends, learn a new language, and experience authentic local culture. Liu Dian, a fourth-year student in the Department of English, studied at both Boston University and Southern Illinois University in the United States. During her time there, she found that American students were very active in class and usually competed to answer the teacher’s questions. ‘I found it impressive, and now I do the same at UM,’ she says. When she studied at Boston University, she lived by the Charles River, which faces the main campus of Harvard University. The vibrant academic ambience motivated her to constantly improve herself.

UM students can choose to participate in exchange programmes at more than 150 institutions of higher learning around the world. First-year students can apply for an exchange programme in the second semester of the first year of study (in February). Consult your faculty, Global Affairs Office, or the Student Affairs Office for details.

Avail Yourself of the Resources in the Library

UM’s library is the largest in Macao. Apart from boasting the largest collection of print books in Macao, the library also has an antiquarian books section, a section devoted to books on Macao-related topics, a 3D printer, and abundant electronic resources such as e-databases, e-papers, and e-journals. There are also group discussion rooms and individual study rooms to cater to different learning needs. Valerie Wong, a fourth-year student in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, was keenly aware of the benefits of a well-stocked library when working on her thesis. ‘My thesis was a study of Macao culture. There is an entire section in the library devoted to books about Macao, which greatly facilitated my thesis-writing. Now that I think about it, I spent almost all my non-sleeping, non-eating time in the library,’ she says.

Exercise to Stay Fit and Healthy

Whether you are a bookworm or the life and soul of the party, you need a healthy body to sustain you through the busy schedule of your college life. As Leong Ka Wai, a fourth-year student in the Department of Communication, will tell you, exercising has not only enriched her life, but also gives her more energy to face the challenges in her study and daily life. Leong is a member of the UM Dragon Boat Team. In June, she and her teammates won the university standard dragon category of an international dragon boat competition held in Macao, and Leong also received the Best Drummer Award. She also loves dancing and going to the gym. She joined the cheerleading team of Choi Kai Yau College in her first year, and later became the captain of the team.

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that UM is a paradise for sports lovers. The university has an outdoor athletic field, tennis courts, basketball courts, an archery range, and a four-storey Sports Complex that houses a swimming pool, rock climbing walls, a gym room, a dance room, a badminton court, and table tennis rooms. With so many sports facilities within walking distance of your RC, what excuse do you have for not building those enviable six pack abs?

Okay, we’ve come to the end of the promised list of seven must-do things at UM. And you, dear passengers, have come to the destination of this train. Please take your belongings, excitement, and passion with you, and leave your trepidation behind. We wish you a pleasant journey at UM, and we look forward to hearing your version of must-do things for a memorable college life.

Source: My UM ISSUE 90

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<![CDATA[UM inaugurates alliance for technological innovation and talent development in western GBA, Tam Chon Weng: UM has a unique status and advantage in western GBA]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48566https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48566An inauguration ceremony for the Alliance for Technological Innovation and Talent Development in Western Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) and the first Alliance Forum on Collaboration in Technology and Education were held today (19 August) at the University of Macau (UM). Over 70 members of senior management teams of universities and government representatives from western GBA attended the ceremony to witness the inauguration. In his speech, Tam Chon Weng, secretary for social affairs and culture of the Macao SAR, said that the SAR government places equal emphasis on ‘enhancing Macao’s own capacity’ and ‘strengthening regional collaboration’, adding that the establishment of the alliance is an important measure aimed to promote technological innovation and personnel training in western GBA.

According to Tam, the quality of teaching and research at UM is constantly improving in recent years, earning the university a spot among the top 400 in the world, both in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings, as well as an strategically important status and advantage among universities in the western GBA. So far, Macao has established four state key laboratories, which focus on chip research and development, quality research for traditional Chinese medicine, Internet of Things applications for smart cities, as well as lunar and planetary sciences, respectively. Some of these labs have reached the highest standards in the world. Tam hopes that the various cities in western GBA will work closely together in technological innovation and personnel training, adding that the Macao SAR government will continue to support the universities in the GBA in collaborative innovation.

In his speech, UM Rector Yonghua Song said that the establishment of the alliance reflects UM’s effort to grasp the opportunities brought about by the development of the GBA and to support the SAR government’s strategic plan. According to Song, UM hopes to integrate the teaching and research resources of the various cities in western GBA in order to promote technological innovation,  personnel training, and the sustainable development of Macao and the GBA. UM will focus its efforts on two fronts. First, UM will make full use of its strengths in scientific research to attract high-quality resources in education and research from around the world through an open and interconnected regional innovation system, in order to inject new energy into higher education and industry-academia collaboration in western GBA. Second, UM will build closer relations with governments, universities, and research institutes in western GBA and will work closely with the University Alliance of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao to integrate teaching and research resources in the region, in order to promote innovation and deepen collaboration.

Liao Jingshan, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Guangdong Province; Li Weimin, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Jiangmen Municipal Committee and head of the CPC Jiangmen Municipal United Front Work Department; Yan Wu, vice mayor of Zhuhai; and Na Jia, deputy head of the Department of Education of Guangdong province, said that the alliance will help to combine the strengths of universities, research institutes, and companies in the western GBA and deepen technological innovation and collaboration in education. 

The inauguration ceremony was followed by the first Alliance Forum on Collaboration in Technology and Education. According to Rector Song, UM will fully support the Macao SAR government’s effort to participate in the development of the GBA as well as Macao’s development into a world centre for tourism and leisure and an economic and trade cooperation service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Tang Tao, president of Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, and Zhang Yunhua, president of Wuyi University, each gave a speech on the current development of their institutions in the GBA. They pointed out that serving as a platform for collaboration between industry and universities in western GBA, the alliance will help to promote exchange and collaboration in personnel and technology among cities in the region.

The alliance was initiated by UM and jointly established with Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College and Wuyi University. Earlier, the three parties signed a collaboration agreement at UM. Currently comprised of 17 member universities in the GBA, the alliance will first promote teaching and research among universities in western GBA before shifting its focus to building relations between companies, research institutes, and universities in the region so that they can work closely to integrate teaching and research resources in western GBA, in order to jointly promote innovation and deepen collaboration. In addition, the alliance will support the effort of the University Alliance of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao to enhance the quality of technological innovation and personnel training in western GBA in order to develop the region into a centre for technological innovation and personnel training.


Source: Global Affairs Office

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<![CDATA[Inauguration Ceremony for the Alliance for Technology Innovation and Talent Development in Western Guangdong-HK-Macau Greater Bay Area and the First Alliance Forum on Technology and Education]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48540https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48540Press Invitation
Name : Inauguration Ceremony for the Alliance for Technology Innovation and Talent Development in Western Guangdong-HK-Macau Greater Bay Area and the First Alliance Forum on Technology and Education
Organizer : University of Macau
Date : 19 August 2019 (Monday)
Time : 2:00pm
Venue : Multi-function Room, UM Guest House (N1)
Content : Earlier, the University of Macau (UM), Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, and Wuyi University signed a collaboration agreement on the establishment of an alliance for technological innovation and personnel training in the west of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. University management and government officials from the west of the Greater Bay Area will attend the event to witness the establishment of the alliance. The inauguration ceremony will be followed by the first alliance forum on technology and education.
Language : Mandarin

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<![CDATA[UM scholar publishes new book on the history of human-animal relationship]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48549https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48549Che Hio Ieong, a senior instructor in the Department of Communication at the University of Macau (UM), recently published a new book titled ‘Discipline and Desire – The Dark History of the Relationship Between Human Beings and Animals’. In the book, Che discusses various aspects of the relationship between human beings and animals from a historical perspective. 

Divided into nine chapters, the book covers various topics, including hunting and domestication, animals and totems, animals and food, zoos, pet culture, animal ethnics, and animal protection laws. Different research methods were used in the writing of this book, including different theoretical perspectives, archival studies, content analysis, and one-on-one interviews.

Che obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Chengchi University in Taiwan. She earned her DEA (Degree of Profound Studies) in history and civilisations from the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in France, and her PhD degree from the University of Paris VIII. She teaches various subjects at UM, including news and journalism, global media culture, Chinese news writing, media law and ethics, and Chinese publication.


Source: Faculty of Social Sciences

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<![CDATA[UM awards scholarships to outstanding students]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48528https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48528The University of Macau (UM) today (15 August) awarded prizes and scholarships to 102 outstanding students, including those on the Rector’s Honour List, at the convocation for the 2019/2020 academic year, to recognise the students’ past achievements and to encourage them to continue studying hard in the future.

Kuan In Leng, a third-year student of computer science, who is on the Rector’s Honour List, received the Nan Kwong Education Scholarship. Kuan says the scholarship shows recognition of her past efforts and achievements. She adds that UM devotes a lot of resources to scientific research, as evidenced by the establishment of three state key laboratories and the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment. She believes these resources provide a strong support to teaching and research in computer science and big data, and she is optimistic about the future of these fields.

Sio I I, a fourth-year student of English studies, received the Macau Foundation Scholarship. According to Sio, UM provides a very good learning environment for students, and she especially likes the residential college system, through which she can make friends with and learn from people from different places. In addition, the RCs organise activities on a regular basis, which help to enrich students’ lives on campus and create more opportunities for teacher-student interaction.

Birkeland Samuel Russell, a fourth-year student from the Department of Psychology, received the Macau Foundation Scholarship. Russell does not come from a privileged background, but that has not stopped him from pursuing excellence in his studies. He says that UM has a professional faculty team, whose members encourage students to approach complicated problems from different angles until they find the best solution. He adds that students often consult the faculty members about the difficulties they encounter in their studies, and the teachers and students treat each other like friends.

This year, UM will award over 60 scholarships and academic prizes worth a total of MOP 4 million to more than 400 students. Six scholarships were awarded at the convocation, namely the Macau Foundation Scholarship, the Henry Fok Foundation Scholarship, the Bank of China Scholarship, the Frank Wong Foundation Scholarship, the Luso International Bank Scholarship, and the Nam Kwong Education Scholarship.




Source: Communications Office


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<![CDATA[UM holds convocation to welcome 3,000 new students]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48530https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48530

The University of Macau (UM) today (15 August) held the convocation and an orientation seminar for the 2019/2020 academic year to welcome 3,000 new students as well as faculty members. UM Rector Yonghua Song gave the new students their first lecture at UM. During the talk, Rector Song said that higher education experienced great changes in the 21st century and emphasised the inclusion of innovation in higher education. He also encouraged the students to devote themselves to study in order to become innovative individuals with a love for their country, a global mindset, international competitiveness, and a sense of mission to society and to themselves.

The convocation opened with a performance by the UM Symphonic Band. According to Song, this year’s convocation is special because the year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of the Macao Special Administrative Region. With the changes in higher education worldwide, innovation-driven development has become a global consensus. Therefore, missions of universities must also adapt and change as the world changes. Universities must include ‘innovation’ in higher education in order to disseminate knowledge through education, create knowledge through research, and transfer knowledge through services. Song added that to cope with the demand of the international society for high-calibre professionals, UM has also incorporated innovation in its undergraduate education by increasing the number of courses in digital education, civic participation and social experience, entrepreneurship, and leadership, in an effort to boost students’ international competitiveness.

According to Rector Song, UM boasts an outstanding international faculty team, an interactive learning environment, state-of-the-art research facilities, and a campus conductive to education. He hopes students will make good use of their time, the culturally diverse environment, and the abundant research resources at UM to enhance their international competitiveness. During the ceremony, UM presented breast pins to new students, which symbolise the university’s expectations for the students as well as the hope that students will enjoy their life at UM. 

Classes in the new academic year will start on Monday 19 August. To help familiarise new students with the campus and adapt to a new chapter in their lives, UM has been organising a series of ‘The Way to UM’ orientation activities since the beginning of this month, which include lectures by faculty deans and residential college masters, as well as information seminars and orientation parties. An information session for parents was also held to help parents learn more about UM’s philosophy of education and latest developments. Before the convocation, UM held a flag-raising ceremony, which was attended by about 2,000 UM students, faculty, and staff.


Source: Communications Office

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