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/99991912https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991912<![CDATA[]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991911https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991911<![CDATA[]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991910https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991910<![CDATA[]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991909https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991909<![CDATA[Inauguration Ceremony for the Alliance for Technology Innovation and Talent Development in Western Guangdong-HK-Macau Greater Bay Area and the First Alliance Forum on Technology and Education]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48540https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48540Press Invitation
Name : Inauguration Ceremony for the Alliance for Technology Innovation and Talent Development in Western Guangdong-HK-Macau Greater Bay Area and the First Alliance Forum on Technology and Education
Organizer : University of Macau
Date : 19 August 2019 (Monday)
Time : 2:00pm
Venue : Multi-function Room, UM Guest House (N1)
Content : Earlier, the University of Macau (UM), Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College, and Wuyi University signed a collaboration agreement on the establishment of an alliance for technological innovation and personnel training in the west of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. University management and government officials from the west of the Greater Bay Area will attend the event to witness the establishment of the alliance. The inauguration ceremony will be followed by the first alliance forum on technology and education.
Language : Mandarin

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<![CDATA[UM scholar publishes new book on the history of human-animal relationship]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48549https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48549Che Hio Ieong, a senior instructor in the Department of Communication at the University of Macau (UM), recently published a new book titled ‘Discipline and Desire – The Dark History of the Relationship Between Human Beings and Animals’. In the book, Che discusses various aspects of the relationship between human beings and animals from a historical perspective. 

Divided into nine chapters, the book covers various topics, including hunting and domestication, animals and totems, animals and food, zoos, pet culture, animal ethnics, and animal protection laws. Different research methods were used in the writing of this book, including different theoretical perspectives, archival studies, content analysis, and one-on-one interviews.

Che obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Chengchi University in Taiwan. She earned her DEA (Degree of Profound Studies) in history and civilisations from the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in France, and her PhD degree from the University of Paris VIII. She teaches various subjects at UM, including news and journalism, global media culture, Chinese news writing, media law and ethics, and Chinese publication.


Source: Faculty of Social Sciences

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<![CDATA[UM awards scholarships to outstanding students]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48528https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48528The University of Macau (UM) today (15 August) awarded prizes and scholarships to 102 outstanding students, including those on the Rector’s Honour List, at the convocation for the 2019/2020 academic year, to recognise the students’ past achievements and to encourage them to continue studying hard in the future.

Kuan In Leng, a third-year student of computer science, who is on the Rector’s Honour List, received the Nan Kwong Education Scholarship. Kuan says the scholarship shows recognition of her past efforts and achievements. She adds that UM devotes a lot of resources to scientific research, as evidenced by the establishment of three state key laboratories and the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment. She believes these resources provide a strong support to teaching and research in computer science and big data, and she is optimistic about the future of these fields.

Sio I I, a fourth-year student of English studies, received the Macau Foundation Scholarship. According to Sio, UM provides a very good learning environment for students, and she especially likes the residential college system, through which she can make friends with and learn from people from different places. In addition, the RCs organise activities on a regular basis, which help to enrich students’ lives on campus and create more opportunities for teacher-student interaction.

Birkeland Samuel Russell, a fourth-year student from the Department of Psychology, received the Macau Foundation Scholarship. Russell does not come from a privileged background, but that has not stopped him from pursuing excellence in his studies. He says that UM has a professional faculty team, whose members encourage students to approach complicated problems from different angles until they find the best solution. He adds that students often consult the faculty members about the difficulties they encounter in their studies, and the teachers and students treat each other like friends.

This year, UM will award over 60 scholarships and academic prizes worth a total of MOP 4 million to more than 400 students. Six scholarships were awarded at the convocation, namely the Macau Foundation Scholarship, the Henry Fok Foundation Scholarship, the Bank of China Scholarship, the Frank Wong Foundation Scholarship, the Luso International Bank Scholarship, and the Nam Kwong Education Scholarship.




Source: Communications Office


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<![CDATA[UM holds convocation to welcome 3,000 new students]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48530https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48530

The University of Macau (UM) today (15 August) held the convocation and an orientation seminar for the 2019/2020 academic year to welcome 3,000 new students as well as faculty members. UM Rector Yonghua Song gave the new students their first lecture at UM. During the talk, Rector Song said that higher education experienced great changes in the 21st century and emphasised the inclusion of innovation in higher education. He also encouraged the students to devote themselves to study in order to become innovative individuals with a love for their country, a global mindset, international competitiveness, and a sense of mission to society and to themselves.

The convocation opened with a performance by the UM Symphonic Band. According to Song, this year’s convocation is special because the year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of the Macao Special Administrative Region. With the changes in higher education worldwide, innovation-driven development has become a global consensus. Therefore, missions of universities must also adapt and change as the world changes. Universities must include ‘innovation’ in higher education in order to disseminate knowledge through education, create knowledge through research, and transfer knowledge through services. Song added that to cope with the demand of the international society for high-calibre professionals, UM has also incorporated innovation in its undergraduate education by increasing the number of courses in digital education, civic participation and social experience, entrepreneurship, and leadership, in an effort to boost students’ international competitiveness.

According to Rector Song, UM boasts an outstanding international faculty team, an interactive learning environment, state-of-the-art research facilities, and a campus conductive to education. He hopes students will make good use of their time, the culturally diverse environment, and the abundant research resources at UM to enhance their international competitiveness. During the ceremony, UM presented breast pins to new students, which symbolise the university’s expectations for the students as well as the hope that students will enjoy their life at UM. 

Classes in the new academic year will start on Monday 19 August. To help familiarise new students with the campus and adapt to a new chapter in their lives, UM has been organising a series of ‘The Way to UM’ orientation activities since the beginning of this month, which include lectures by faculty deans and residential college masters, as well as information seminars and orientation parties. An information session for parents was also held to help parents learn more about UM’s philosophy of education and latest developments. Before the convocation, UM held a flag-raising ceremony, which was attended by about 2,000 UM students, faculty, and staff.


Source: Communications Office

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<![CDATA[Expert in mechanics Yang Wei to give talk at UM next Thursday on innovation-driven development in mainland]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48519https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48519The University of Macau (UM) on 22 August (next Thursday) will hold a lecture on innovation-driven development and basic research in mainland China, as part of the University Lecture Series. Yang Wei, a renowned expert in mechanics, will be the keynote speaker. Yang will discuss the driving force behind innovation in mainland China, its characteristics, and the path forward. All are welcome.

The development of mainland China is shifting to a new model of innovation-driven economy. During the lecture, Yang will focus on this new trend and analyse its basis and characteristics, in order to discuss the four breakthroughs China seeks to achieve: original scientific contributions, applied basic research that can enhance China’s national competitiveness, new scientific facilities that can attract scientists from around the world, and the development of world-class research teams. Yang will also discuss the three weaknesses in basic research in mainland China and shed some light on China’s innovation-driven development from different perspectives.

Yang is an expert in mechanics and engineering mechanics, a professor at Zhejiang University, and a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was formerly the president of Zhejiang University and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

The talk will start at 4:30pm, in Mr & Mrs Lau Chor Tak Lecture Theatre, Anthony Lau Building (E4). It will be conducted in Mandarin, with simultaneous interpretation into English. Those who are interested should complete online registration at https://isw.um.edu.mo/evm/register/uls_yang. For enquiries, please call 8822 4504.


Source: Rector's Office

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<![CDATA[UM hosts International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48524https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48524The University of Macau (UM) recently hosted the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2019 (IJCAI 2019). The event attracted about 3,500 researchers and experts in the field from 50 countries and regions. During the event, participants had in-depth discussions on the current development of artificial intelligence (AI) and its future. This year, 4,752 papers were submitted to the conference, with 850 of them accepted by the panel, which was the highest number in the conference’s history.

The conference included 47 workshops, 34 featured presentations, 16 CEO forums, and more than 40 parallel forums, covering various topics, including the development of AI technologies in the past 50 years. During the conference, UM and Alibaba Cloud jointly held the Macau AI Challenge 2019, a competition for local secondary school students, which attracted over 100 teachers and students.

Xu Chengzhong, dean of UM’s Faculty of Science and Technology, says that UM attaches great importance to the training of AI professionals and is committed to promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and research through the use of data science and AI technologies, especially in such areas as Chinese-Portuguese translation, prevention of gambling addiction, as well as prevention and reduction of natural disasters. 


Source: Communications Office

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