New Campus Street Names—Meanings & Origins

There are 28 private roads and 10 public roads on the new campus (see attached tables), and their names have been finalised. Whether you personally like these names or not, you are probably curious about their origins and meanings. So here we go.

Some names either have quite straightforward meanings or convey straightforward wishes, like Victory Avenue, Learning Street, Student Street, and Scholar Street. Some streets are named after trees and flowers which are considered to symbolise good things in the Chinese culture, like the Peach-Plum Street (“peach-plum” is often used when describing a teacher with a lot of accomplished students around the world), Apricot Street (“apricot” in Chinese can also mean a very good doctor), Pine-Cypress Street (“pine” is a symbol of longevity), Cotton Tree Circle (“cotton tree” stands for integrity and courage).

Two names, Luminous Virtue Avenue, and Perfect Goodness Avenue, have their origins in the Great Learning (otherwise known as Da Xue), which is one of the four classical works in Confucianism. They express the university’s wish to nurture graduates with good moral character. The Lotus Avenue in the north is named after the flower lotus, which is the symbol of Macao. Similarly, the Daisy Avenue in the south is named after a very famous daisy native to Portugal. The two avenues look across at each other, signifying that the interaction of eastern and western cultures blossoming into cultural diversity at the university. The Godspeed Avenue is located near a parking area for public vehicles. The name expresses the wish for no traffic congestion. “Residence Avenue” says that the new campus is a beautiful, nice place to live. As for the “Alumni Avenue”, the university hopes that future graduates can leave on the avenue something that they think can best represent their memories of their lives on the campus (e.g. a tree, a flower).

Many of the names are easy to remember and indicative of the locations of the buildings. Examples include Central Avenue, Library North, Mall Street, Faculty 1st Lane, and College 2nd Lane.

Table 1

Central Avenue

Library North

Mall Street

Faculty 6th Lane

Alumni Avenue

Library South

Scholar Street

College 1st Lane

Lotus Avenue

Student Street

Faculty 1st Lane

College 2nd Lane

Residence Avenue

Peach-Plum Street

Faculty 2nd Lane

College 3rd Lane

Daisy Avenue

Apricot Street

Faculty 3rd Lane

College 4th Lane

Perfect Goodness Avenue

Pine-Cypress Street

Faculty 4th Lane

College 5th Lane

Research North

Cotton Tree Circle

Faculty 5th Lane

College 6th Lane


Table 2

Godspeed Avenue

Research East

Luminous Virtue Avenue

Research West

University Avenue

Learning Street

Victory Avenue

University Ave. S. Roundabout

Wholesome Avenue

University Ave. N. Roundabout


Release on 2013-12-30 15:02

Many new campus street names have special meanings

Many new campus street names have special meanings
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