The Establishment Ceremony for the University of Macau Development Foundation (UMDF) was held at the Cultural Centre of the University of Macau (UM) yesterday (7th). Founded by Dr. Stanley Ho, Dr. Tse Chi Wai, Mr. Wong Chong Fat and Mr. Lam Kam Seng, UMDF is aimed at helping the University of Macau to realize its academic and educational objectives and improve its competitiveness locally and internationally. So far UMDF has received initial donations exceeding ten million patacas, showing the keen commitment of the community to education.
Chief Executive of Macao SAR Mr. Ho Hau Wah officiated at the ceremony and received donations on behalf of the Foundation. More than 400 people, including UM teachers, students, staff and alumni as well as community representatives, attended the ceremony. Some prominent community leaders, namely Dr. Stanley Ho, Mr. Lam Kam Seng, Mr. Wong Chong Fat, Dr. Tse Chi Wai, Mr. Vitor Ng and his wife, Mr. Or Wai Sheun, Dr. António Ferreira, Mr. Wong Chi Seng, Mr. Kong Tat Choi, Mr. Siu Yin Wai and Mr. Lao Ngai Leong, have already made their donations, which will serve as the founding fund of the Foundation.
Mr. Ho notes in his speech that the Foundation represents a new endeavor of the Macao SAR to promote the development of higher education, and also reflects the keen commitment of the community to education. He says he hopes the University will apply the resources given by the Government and the community efficiently and accelerate its progress towards an excellent international university that all Macao people will be proud of.
UM University Council Chair Dr. Tse notes in his speech that the University Council had the idea of establishing this Foundation as early as in 2006. Due to the need for legal compliance, the Foundation has to be established by several individuals having close links with the University Council. He says with the commitment of both the Government and the community, UM will definitely enhance its endeavor to attain academic and research excellence and to nurture more outstanding graduates for Macao and the whole country.
UM Rector Wei Zhao congratulated on the establishment of the Foundation and extended his gratitude to the donors for their generous donation on behalf of all UM students and staff. He says so far the Foundation has received initial donations exceeding ten million patacas, an exciting achievement for which everybody feels enormously grateful. He says UM will endeavour to collaborate with the Foundation in fundraising activities and ensure an efficient use of the donations.
Release on 2009-12-07 18:46