About Us


MCM College seeks to nurture the collective talents of its students, faculty, and the UM Community to build a virbrant, world class college centre enhanced by music, sciences and the arts.






"In shaping our collegiate lives together, all members of this community of scholars contribute ideas for the mutual benefit of MCM College members and for the advantage of the entire collegiate structure of UM’s ten colleges."



Introduction by the Master

A very warm welcome to Moon Chun Memorial College, I am delighted to extend an invitation to visit our website and to explore something of the character of MCM and the degree to which its alliances and points of insertion with the other RCs strengthen the totality and quality of the University’s provision. It does this through six co-related imperatives: Quality and Distinctiveness, Élan and Flair, and Identity and Brand.
But first some background. I guess in some ways I am considered to be atypical for a musician and educator in a world composed of typologised professions, where careers are etymologised and where people become specialised and experts. That is not my account. My career history has been spent as a leader. I have served as Director (Vice Chancellor) of three progressive colleges; Birmingham Conservatoire, Dartington College – liberal arts college – and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Recently, I have been Chairman of one of the Royal Academies, of a top theatre company, and a board director of an arts university.
I am someone who, especially in recent years, has found himself working across the arts, not simply performing arts but across visual and applied arts, and across national boundaries. I am very interested in the creativeness we each carry within us, and how it can be applied in similar and dissimilar ways. I look to be a catalyst in enabling other artists’ work to be more expressive, communicative or approachable. When others are running before the wind, propelled by what they see, hear, experience, touch and feel, I am beside them to facilitate putting together a concert, an exhibition programme series, producing a film, radio programme, or the writing of a book. It is in this way that I think I can add something important to our evolving model of Colleges which is quite distinct to UM and Macau itself.
As Master, I will lead the College in engaging with the University’s international agenda, with the wider world, and with the College’s alumni and stakeholders. I look forward to building the alliances and points of insertion with the other Colleges in order to strengthen the totality and quality of the University’s provision through implementing our six co-related imperatives: Quality and Distinctiveness, Élan and Flair, and Identity and Brand.
Now is the opportunity for The University of Macau to become a concentration of world-class education, science and culture. The implemention of the University’s “4-in-1” approach to whole-person education, cross-disciplinary perspectives and international connectivity is a fu­ndamental step in our students’ participation in the cultural and creative growth of Macau. Lives and intellects are broadened when students spend time outside of the curriculum. Such students often have an edge when it comes to competing in the workplace. More importantly, they have the tools with which to lead more balanced and fulfilling lives.


And, we strive
‘To have a humble heart, a caring spirit, and a forgiving attitude….’ (Professor Haydn Chen, Vice Rector for Student Affairs), to be accepting of others and hope that we too may be accepted…
The ideal of a college is one which is contemporary, open, multidisciplinary and international, one free of unnecessary hierarchy or fusty rituals. These are testimony to a college’s enduring legacy.
Connectivity which is multidisciplinary and international; friendships across borders and cultures.
All these work towards the ultimate goal, which is to facilitate student success and help them live their lives to the full


Values We Live

World-class universities’ and colleges’ reputations are brand synonymous with how they behave, and with what they stand for. They don’t advertise their brand values: they live them; moreover so do their students.

If the great educators from Plato, Froebel to Freire, were to live forever, one may have termed Colleges, the great educators of university education: always present, seldom doing anything ostentatious, but over time, influencing generations of learners, in the case of Colleges, turning out superb graduates – rounded renaissance men and women with adaptable, transferable and transformative skills – in essence, world citizens capable of superb accomplishment.


Enabling a quality experience for all


Demonstrated through open and honest relationships


Celebrated through an arts and science enriched social and ethnic community and promoted by recognising the potential of education across borders

College Colour

Yellow/gold brings together Chinese and Portuguese cultures together and evokes a sense of the British presence in Macau between 1635-1793.

An arc of five-pointed gold stars, one large in the centre, is an essential of the Regional flag of Macau SAR. The origins of the seven golden castles within the shield of Portugal are thought to be Castile, from the coat of arms of Afonso III, his mother and second wife were Castilian.


In China, where yellow is associated with happiness, grandeur and wisdom, each point of the compass has a symbolic colour. Yellow signifies the Middle Kingdom. The Emperor’s palace lay, it was considered, at centre of the world.


Within the symbolism of colours with the five elements, with Chinese beliefs and Feng Shui, yellow/gold is associated with completeness, wealth, metal and a consciousness of deities.


The Presence of English, the medium of tuition with UM, and the British presence in Macau, between 1635-1793, may be symbolized by the three gold lions passant (Old French, heraldic term to describe striding forward with right forepaws raised,) shown in the United Kingdom’s Royal Standard, the banner of the Queen Elizabeth II.

Our Team

Prof Kevin Thompson

College Master

Dr. Manuel Noronha

Associate Master

Miss. Alice Hong

Resident Fellow

Dr. Peggy Lau

Resident Fellow

Ms. Elaine Lo

Administrative Staff, Functional Head

Ms. Chloe Cheong

Administrative Staff

Mr. Ray Loi

Administrative Staff

IT Team

Enna Cao Weijia 曹維佳

Michaelmas Term (2013/14)

Cherry Huang Ran 黃冉

Hilary Term (2014/15)

Michaelmas Term (2015/16)

Hilary Term (2015/16)

Oscar Kuan Ka Meng 關家銘

Michaelmas Term (2016/17)

MCM Office Team

Hilary Term (2016/17)