UM News https://www.um.edu.mo/ $title en_us hourly 1<![CDATA[]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99992012https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99992012<![CDATA[UM holds congregation online and offline, over 2,000 students graduates]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51068https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51068The University of Macau (UM) today (28 November) held the Congregation 2020, which was livestreamed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Ao Ieong U, representing the chief executive and UM chancellor at this year’s ceremony, said that UM adopted a series of anti-epidemic measures to ensure the smooth progress of teaching and research activities. She also thanked UM for its contributions to the SAR government in its efforts to fight the pandemic.

Unlike previous graduation ceremonies, this year’s ceremony was livestreamed, with doctoral degrees, master's degrees, postgraduate certificates/diplomas, and bachelor's degrees presented at the same time. Ao Ieong U officiated at the ceremony in the company of UM University Council Chair Lam Kam Seng, UM Rector Yonghua Song, and Vice Rectors Michael Hui, Rui Martins, Ge Wei, and Billy So. Representatives of the University Assembly, University Council, and Senate, as well as government officials, prominent members of the community, UM faculty and staff, and student representatives also witnessed the ceremony. Graduates and their families and friends who were unable to attend the ceremony in person participated in the ceremony online in the three streaming locations on campus.

In her speech, Ao Ieong U said: ‘The unexpected outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic has brought about unprecedented challenges on the economic and social fronts for the SAR, the country, and the world. Daily teaching and research operations at higher institutions were significantly disrupted as a consequence of the outbreak. The University of Macau has adopted a series of response measures to enable students to “continue learning despite class suspension” and to ensure that teaching and research activities are carried out smoothly, all the while actively supporting the SAR government in its efforts to counter the pandemic. For that, I would like to extend my most sincere appreciation to you all.’

She added: ‘As the teaching and research standards of the University of Macau rise continuously in recent years, the university has assumed relatively important position and advantages at the west bank of the Greater Bay. The SAR government will continue to adhere to the philosophy of ‘helping Macao thrive through education and building Macao with talent’, expanding the intake of non-local students without compromising local students’ access to education. We will also support and encourage institutions to innovate for industry-academia-research collaboration through external cooperation while facilitating the commercialisation of research results and developing industrial parks in a pragmatic and orderly manner. In addition, we will endeavour to enhance education quality, promote sustainable development of higher education and nurture more world-class talents to effectively support the measured diversification of Macao’s economy.’

Rector Song also delivered a speech. In the speech, he said: ‘I am glad that even though students were compelled to stay apart, they cared for and supported each other, and actively participated in the fight against the coronavirus, all the while keeping pace with their studies. Meanwhile, professors held steadfast to their positions and made unremitting efforts to constantly adapt and improve online teaching. Research teams raced against the clock to provide support in response to the coronavirus outbreak. All sections of the university played an active part to facilitate pandemic control and prevention measures in Macao. Concurrently, the university consolidated its internal and external teaching resources to offer SME training courses to the public free of charge. During the pandemic, professors and students demonstrated strong will and dedication, allowing the university to give full play to its capabilities in order to adapt and serve in face of the epidemic. ’ He closed by offering three suggestions to the students, saying: ‘First, more than ever, we should have a sense of patriotism and responsibility. Second, more than ever, we should stay optimistic and persevere. Third, more than ever before, we should keep learning and progress through change.’

Qin Yiwei, representative of the graduates from postgraduate programmes, said in her speech: ’I’ve learned some very important epistemological virtues at the University of Macau: patience (thus never surrender), diligence (thus never stop trying), curiosity (thus not limiting ourselves in the boxes), humbleness (thus not self-centric, and therefore improvement is possible), and courageousness (thus we can stand strong under press and depression). Dear fellow graduates, if you feel depressed or unlucky someday, come back to this very moment, reflect on your UM experience, think about the virtues that we learned here: patience, diligence, curiosity, humbleness, and courageousness. They would urge you not to worry because the best is yet to come.’

Che In Man, representative of graduates from undergraduate programmes, said in her speech: ‘We will carry virtue, tenderness, and sensitivity to one another through our strong action and passion. We will continue to withstand the world ahead of us, sustaining our ambitions and triumphing over challenges. ’

This year, a total of 2,256 students graduated from doctoral, master’s, postgraduate certificate/diploma, and bachelor's degree programmes. They come from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering, and Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences. Among them, 38 outstanding students have completed courses offered by the Honours College. 


Source: Communications Office

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<![CDATA[Course in how to enhance Guangdong-Macao collaboration held at UM]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51061https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51061A course in how to enhance Macao-Guangdong collaboration and support the development of the Greater Bay Area was held at the University of Macau (UM) between 23 November 2020 and 27 November 2020. The five-day course was co-organised by UM’s Centre for Continuing Education, Zhuhai UM Science & Technology Research Institute, and a company in Guangzhou. Leaders from Guangzhou Municipal Science and Technology Bureau and experts in different fields attended the course and had an in-depth discussion on how to enhance Guangdong-Macao collaboration. Through the course, participants also gained a deeper understanding of Macao.


Source: Centre for Continuing Education


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<![CDATA[UM student wins 18th Portuguese Speech Contest]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51058https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51058The Department of Portuguese under the University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH) held the 18th Portuguese Speech Contest on 26 November. The event aimed to increase students’ interest in learning Portuguese and reward the best-performing students.

This year’s contest attracted students from UM, Macau University of Science and Technology, and Macao Polytechnic Institute (IPM), who delivered speeches on the topic ‘Não há mal que sempre dure, nem bem que nunca acabe’ (There is no everlasting harm, nor never-ending good). All contestants went through a strict screening process, and they were also interviewed by a panel of experts and public figures. In the end, UM student Guo Yanzhi won the first prize, while the second and the third prizes went to IPM students Liu Shao’en and Huang Xiaoqao respectively. UM student Zhang Lei won an honorary prize.

The Portuguese Speech Contest is an annual event organised by UM’s Department of Portuguese. The prizes for this year’s contest were sponsored by local donors, namely the Macao Foundation (first prize), Macau Tribune Newspaper (Tribuna de Macau) (second prize), the Oriental Foundation (Fundação Oriente) (third prize), and the National Overseas Bank (Banco Nacional Ultramarino) (honorary prize). The Macao Post also sponsored gifts for the participants.


Source: Faculty of Arts and Humanities


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<![CDATA[UM promotes science education for local high school students]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51064https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51064The STEM Summer Camp Opening Ceremony and the STEM Experience Activity for High School Students in Macao, organised by the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau and supported by the University of Macau’s (UM) Centre for Science and Engineering Promotion, were held recently in the Macao Residents School (Escola Dos Moradores de Macau). Approximately 150 teachers and students from 29 local schools attended the events. The summer camp and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) experience activity aim to enhance Macao students’ understanding of China’s achievements in scientific research, foster innovation, and promote scientific literacy among the youth.


Source: Faculty of Science and Technology


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<![CDATA[UM launches new book Series of Centennial History of New Culture in China]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51054https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51054The University of Macau (UM) Library held a book launch event on 23 November  to announce the official release of the 14-volume Series of Centennial History of New Culture in China, compiled by Zhu Shoutong, director of UM’s Centre for Chinese History and Culture. According to Billy So, vice rector of UM and director of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, who is also a famous historian, there are many works on the history of ancient Chinese culture, but few are systematic and large-scale studies of the history of modern Chinese culture, a gap some experts believe this book fills perfectly.


Source: The University of Macau Library


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<![CDATA[UM Congregation 2020]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51053https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51053Press Invitation
Name : UM Congregation 2020
Organizer : University of Macau
Date : 28 November 2020 (Saturday)
Time : 4:00pm
Venue : UM Sports Complex (N8)
Content : Unlike previous graduation ceremonies, this year's ceremony will include the presentation of doctoral degrees, master's degrees, postgraduate certificates/diplomas, and bachelor's degrees at the same time. The event will also be livestreamed so that those who are unable to attend in person can watch the ceremony online.
Language : Cantonese , Mandarin , English

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<![CDATA[UM wins championship in third division of 2020 Macau Cup]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51050https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51050The University of Macau (UM) Men’s Football Team recently won the championship in the third division of 2020 Macau Cup. Organised by the Macau Football Association, this year’s competition attracted nine teams from Macao.


Source: Office of Sports Affairs


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<![CDATA[UM scholar appointed editorial board member of top international journal in analytical chemistry]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51039https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51039Li Shaoping, deputy director and a Distinguished Professor in the State Key Laboratory for Quality Research in Chinese Medicine at the University of Macau (UM), has accepted the invitation of Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of science and health information, to serve as a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of Trends in Analytical Chemistry (TrAC), a top international journal in the field of analytical chemistry, for a three-year term. Prof Li is the only expert in the quality control of Chinese medicine to serve on the editorial board of TrAC, which reflects international recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of analytical Chinese medicine.

TrAC is a prestigious peer-reviewed journal of analytical chemistry. According to the Web of Science, it is ranked No 1 among 86 analytical chemistry journals indexed by the Science Citation Indexed in terms of five-year impact factor. The journal mainly publishes critical overviews of new developments in analytical chemistry, which are targeted at analytical chemists and other users of analytical techniques. These critical reviews comprise high-quality, up-to-date, and timely coverage of topics of interest in analytical chemistry, including analytical instrumentation, biomedical analysis, biomolecular analysis, biosensors, chemical analysis, chemometrics, clinical chemistry, drug discovery, environmental analysis and monitoring, food analysis, forensic science, laboratory automation, materials science, metabolomics, pesticide-residue analysis, pharmaceutical analysis, proteomics, surface science, as well as water analysis and monitoring.

A world-renowned scholar in the field of pharmaceutical analysis, Prof Li specialises in quality control and active ingredient research in traditional Chinese medicine. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in herbal glycoanalysis and the development of quality control methods for Chinese medicines, he was included on the Power List 2020: Around the World in 60 Scientists, released earlier by the Analytical Scientist.

Prof Li is the author of Pharmacological Activity-based Quality Control of Chinese Herbs, the world’s first English book on this subject. He has played a pivotal role in the establishment of a joint laboratory between UM and the United States Pharmacopoeia Convention (USP) for the development of quality standards for Chinese medicines. It is the first joint laboratory established between a university and the USP. In addition, he and his research team have developed saccharide mapping, a novel patented method for qualitative and quantitative analysis of glycans. He is currently an editor of the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, the associate editor-in-chief of the Chinese Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis, and a member of the editorial boards of several top international academic journals in pharmacy, traditional Chinese medicine, and functional food.


Source: Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences


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<![CDATA[UM to hold Congregation 2020 on 28 November, to be livestreamed in tandem]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51029https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/51029The University of Macau (UM) will hold the Congregation 2020 on Saturday 28 November at 4:00pm in the UM Sports Complex. Unlike previous graduation ceremonies, this year's ceremony will include the presentation of doctoral degrees, master's degrees, postgraduate certificates/diplomas, and bachelor's degrees at the same time. The event will also be livestreamed so that graduates and their families and friends from around the world can attend the event online.

This year, a total of 2,256 students from doctoral degree programmes, master’s degree programmes, postgraduate diploma/certificate programmes, and bachelor’s degree programmes will receive graduation certificates. They come from UM’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering, and Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences. In addition, 38 outstanding students from different faculties have completed programmes offered by the Honours College.

To comply with the epidemic prevention measures implemented by the Macao SAR government, only graduates will be admitted to the main stadium for the ceremony, and friends and relatives with admission tickets will be arranged to watch live broadcast of the ceremony in three areas (the Training Hall in the UM Sports Complex (N8) , the University Hall (N2), and the Multi-function Room in the UM Guest House (N1). Graduates and their relatives and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony in person can watch the livestreaming of the ceremony on UM’s official website at www.um.edu.mo.

Those attending the ceremony can reach UM’s campus by (A) taxi, bus route No 71 or 73 from Macao, or bus route No 72 from Taipa; or (B) driving (Car Parks P3, P5, and P6 will be open to the public). For more details, please visit the UM Registry’s website at https://go.um.edu.mo/dr959a4e or the Graduate School’s website at https://go.um.edu.mo/z4hmo05j.


Source: Communications Office


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