Mentoring our inexperienced but energetic members is core to MCM’s mission. Through encouraging self-management on Floor Committees, House Committees, and the Federation, we expect MCM students will become more sensitive to the needs of other fellow members, aware of their personal strengths and weaknesses along with ways of improvement, as well as more confident in teamwork.
We believe in the philosophy of servant leadership, whilst encouraging our students to become servants to serve the needs of their fellow classmates. Robert K. Greenleaf, founder of the modern servant leadership movement and the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, explained that “A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of others and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the ‘top of the pyramid’, servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.”
In order to develop our servant leaders, college activities of MCM incorporate knowing yourself, understanding others, and serving the community. In the service activities organized by House Committees and the Federation, MCM students have opportunities to serve other MCM members in the College, together with people in need in the wider Macau community. Moreover, during an academic year, we prepare two leadership camps and regular sessions of continuous leadership training to all current and prospective student leaders in MCMC. Topics of student leaders’ concern include conflicts mediation and resolution, emergence handling, team-building, identity formation, and project management, are discussed with the participants. In so doing, student leaders in MCM are equipped with both theoretical knowledge and hand-on experiences to polish their leadership skills.
Mentioned in our College Mission and Values, whole-person education is the heart of our goals and every college member should have equal opportunity to take part in experiential learning activities. In a college accommodating 500 students, we face the challenges of preparing and organizing sufficient variety of educational activities, as well as engaging every college member into these activities in a fair manner.
Every house committee nominates two representatives to attend the Federation meeting. The Federation is the highest student organization which plans, oversees, and implements college-wide activities as well as monitors the operation of individual houses. The Federation also on behalf of all MCM student members speaks in the Inter-College Council. Both House Committee and the Federation should ensure students’ voices are carefully heard and responded.
At the beginning of each academic year, every House Committee should prepare an annual plan for their house activities and submit it to the Federation. The Federation will review the plans and decide to support or revise the original plan. The Federation should also consider and discuss some college-wide activities in a year, such as parties, Games Day or Talent Show, and assign house committees to assist in preparation of these activities.
In addition, the Federation supervises the college’s sport teams, library management committee, and other interest groups suggested by individual college member.
Houses are college sub-units to facilitate their members in participating and/or hosting college life educational programmes. All MCM members are assigned to a house at random. Every house is under the leadership of House Committee, in which a chairperson, a vice-chairperson, a secretary, and three other executives, are directly elected by the house members. House Committee is responsible for planning and preparing house activities in line with MCM’s mission and visions, and, in turn, reflecting student voices to the College Management. House Committee is also expected to develop their members a sense of belongingness to their respective house and MCMC as a whole. MCM currently has five houses and each house consists of 80-100 members.
Principles of management
MCMC is not just a place for studying and living, but nurturing lots of precious moments and experiences of college life. Long-lasting friendship, sociable characters, a good sense of belongingness to the College, self-discipline and determination, and peer relationship, are mostly developed through participation of floor activities. In doing so, MCMC approach to floor management is to leave ample autonomy to residents to decide how they make full use of the living space.
Every floor establishes a floor committee under the leadership of Resident Assistants. Resident Assistants are appointed by the College as a student staff to look after the floor and chair the floor committee. Routines include public hygiene, reporting malfunctions of facilities, mediating conflicts or disputes among members, and organizing floor activities to develop a sense of community.
The floor committee composed of no less than 5 members, who are directly elected by all floor members. The floor committee helps Resident Assistant to look after other floor members, tidying floor management issues, and to grow floor identity through floor activities.
We expect all MCM students are capable to manage their living place as a ‘home from home’. Only minimal rules of floors applied to MCMC, which are:
• Be cautious to safety issues such as using appliances
• No smoking and alcohol or liquour consumption in the College
• Opposite sex is not allowed in the bedroom areas
• Visitors are only allowed in the common areas of the College from 8am to 11pm
• Any incidents and emergent cases should be reported to Resident Assistants, or directly to Resident Fellows when necessary
The above rules are set up for safeguarding the benefits of all MCM residents. Resident Assistants and floor committees are responsible for the enforcement and report any incidents to the General Office.