UM News http://www.umac.mo/ $title en_us hourly 1<![CDATA[From an Undergraduate to a Practicing Lawyer Faculty of Law Alumnus Filipe Lei Shares Study Experience]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41519http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41519Source: My UM

Filipe Lei graduated from UM’s Faculty of Law (FLL) in 2013. Recently, he obtained the Macao lawyer license and a master’s degree in law (Chinese).

Start of a Busy Life

The typical student from the Faculty of Law is usually busy and hard-working. Lei is no exception. To obtain his lawyer license and master’s degree, he worked for ten hours each day, working as an intern in a law firm, studying trainee lawyer courses, preparing for exams, studying for a master’s degree, conducting legal research, and teaching classes at the same time. But despite a hectic schedule, he never slacked in his studies. In 2015, he received his master’s degree in law (Chinese). In November 2016, he passed the final exam for trainee lawyer and finally became a lawyer.

‘Throughout the process, I was very lucky to receive guidance from the professors in the Faculty of Law and encouragement from my friends and classmates. And thanks to the support of my colleagues, I was able to arrange my personal schedule efficiently,’ he says. To accomplish his goals, he had to sacrifice the time with family and friends. He also moved into one of the Postgraduate Houses on campus in order to save time on commute.

Some of Lei’s classmates abandoned their studies halfway, but Lei persisted because of his strong interest in law. ‘When I was a freshman, the law books I read were all in Chinese, but I often couldn’t understand what they said, and at those moments I found myself wondering if I was cut out for law, but after studying by myself and discussing with my classmates, senior students, and professors for a while, I was finally able to understand the books,’ he says.

Whenever the thought of giving up flashed through his mind, Lei would remind himself why he wanted to study law in the first place. ‘I chose to study law because I wanted to broaden my horizons, but more importantly because I wanted to help other people to solve their problems, so although it is a difficult journey, it’s worth it.’

Working for Justice and Law

Lei is a gentle, cultured person, a far cry from the aggressive, silver-tongued lawyer you would see in TV dramas. Lei says that lawyers are legally obliged to express their opinions to their peers and to the judge in a polite way, so the common scene from TV dramas where two lawyers scratch each other ’s eyes out is actually very rare in real life. ‘People sometimes have a negative impression of lawyers, thinking that they are just mercenary business people working for the rich. But in fact, the first and second articles in the Code of Professional Conduct issued by the Macau Lawyers Association state that lawyers should consider themselves as working for justice and the law, and should try their best to remain independent and impartial. Moreover, a lawyer must refuse to act as a proxy for matters he deems as inappropriate. So money is not our only consideration, we can say no to things that we consider as unjust,’ he says.

He explains that a lawyer must form his judgments impartially without being swayed by external comments. And in criminal law there is an important principle known as ‘presumption of innocence’. A lawyer must not have any pre-existing bias about a case and must analyse each case carefully. For instance, the decision as to whether or not a suspect is guilty should be made by the judge according to the evidence presented in court. Everyone has the right to access legal information, as well as the right to legal counsel and defense.

Becoming a lawyer is one of Lei’s goals in life. After spending the past few years to accomplish this goal, he says he needs a short break to recharge himself so he can work for the next goal. Asked what his next goal is, he says, ‘I hope I can adapt to this profession as soon as possible, and in the future I may study for a PhD degree.’

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<![CDATA[Opening Ceremony for Faculty of Business Administration Currency Museum in UM]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41526http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41526Press Invitation
Name : Opening Ceremony for Faculty of Business Administration Currency Museum in UM
Organizer : Faculty of Business Administration
Date : 27 March 2017, Monday
Time : 10:30am
Venue : Room G021, Faculty of Business Administration (E22), University of Macau
Content : UM’s Currency Museum houses a collection of rare currencies and bank notes, including those from the times of ancient China and the Republic of China, as well as limited editions of contemporary bank notes, and circulating currencies. Besides the long history of Chinese and foreign currencies, the exhibition also presents the history of currencies found in Western countries and Asia, including mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao, and provides an insight into the development of Macao’s banking industry. After the ceremony, a seminar titled ‘Dialogue with Bankers: from Beijing to Macao’ will be held, where six professionals from the finance and banking industries will share their experience and knowledge in financial development.
Language : Cantonese

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<![CDATA[UM holds activities to show how to care for people with disabilities]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41527http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41527The University of Macau (UM) Student Affairs Office and the first cohort of the UM Diversability Ambassadors organsied a series of activities for students to learn more about people with disabilities. The event included talks and workshops on sign language and descriptive video services, as well as a comics contest. The organisers hope to provide an opportunity for students to learn how to care for people with disabilities.


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<![CDATA[UM professor becomes the first Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professor from Macao]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41501http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41501

Prof Xu Jie, associate dean of the University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Arts and Humanities, has been elected the only Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professor in the field of linguistics and applied linguistics for the year 2016. Prof Xu is the first Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professor from Macao. He joined the competition for the title under the Chang Jiang Scholars Programme organised by the Chinese Ministry of Education,

In mainland China, the Chang Jiang Scholars Programme is widely viewed as a prestigious national academic honour, especially in the fields of the humanities and social sciences. Competition for the title has always been intense. As publicly announced in the election criteria by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People’s Republic of China, a successful candidate for the Chang Jiang Scholar Professorship is expected to be affiliated with a high quality overseas university at the rank of full professor or above, currently working actively in teaching and research, academically advanced with highly influential research achievements internationally recognised in his or her field, as well as academically faithful, rigorous, dedicated, and committed to scientific pursuit.

The selection and election process consists of six stringent steps: nomination by experts, recommendation by a university, anonymous online evaluation and election by experts with a high rejection rate, voting by experts at meetings organised by the MOE, public announcement of preliminary candidates for comments and feedback, and confirmation by the Chang Jiang Scholars Programme Election Committee. For the year 2016, 53 international scholars have been elected Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professors out of hundreds of nominees. Prof Xu’s being elected to the position is a reflection not only of his own outstanding academic achievements and influence, but also of the recognition by the Chinese government and the academic community of UM’s academic quality and standards.

Prof Xu earned his doctoral degree in linguistics from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1993. Before joining UM in 2008, Prof Xu taught for 13 years at the National University of Singapore. His fields of expertise include theoretical linguistics, grammatical theory, language education, and language planning. He has a strong record of influential research and publications, and his works are widely cited and enjoy a good reputation in his fields. At UM, Prof Xu has served in various administrative positions, including department head and associate dean for many years, as well as member of the University Council for two terms from 2011 to 2015.

The implementation of the ‘Chang Jiang Scholars Programme’ has been highly praised by the academic and high education sectors, as well as the general public. Prof Chen-Ning Franklin Yang, a Nobel laureate in physics and an honorary doctor of UM, says that the programme is a crucial step and an amazing feat that the Chinese government has achieved in its attempt to develop the country through science, technology, and education.



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<![CDATA[UM graduates find jobs within three months of graduation]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41508http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41508The University of Macau (UM) today (23 March) kicked off the Career and Internship Fair 2017. This year’s fair attracted more than 100 companies, offering around 4,000 job vacancies. 

According to UM’s latest Further Studies and Placement Survey, over 90 per cent of bachelor’s degree graduates in the 2015/2016 academic year found a job within three months of graduation. The employment and further studies rate among the graduates was 91.1 per cent, with the further studies rate reaching 16.7 per cent. The top three industries where the graduates found employment are education, hospitality, as well as banking and finance, with the median monthly income being MOP 14,340. 57.5 per cent of the respondents receive a monthly income at or above MOP 14,000.

Wei Zhao, rector of UM; Chan Un Tong, deputy director of the Labour Affairs Bureau; Vong Iut Peng, function head (assistance to higher education students) of the Tertiary Education Services Office, and other guests officiated at the opening ceremony. The fair aims to provide a platform for graduating students to find jobs and for second-year and third-year students to find internships. From 23 March to 24 March, exhibiting companies will conduct onsite job interviews for applicants. UM will also hold recruitment talks during the period.


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<![CDATA[UM confers honorary doctorate on Jia Pingwa]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41494http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41494

The University of Macau (UM) today (22 March) conferred a degree of Doctor of Letters honoris causa on the renowned writer Jia Pingwa, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to contemporary Chinese literature. Tam Chon Weng, secretary for social affairs and culture and representative of Chief Executive and UM Chancellor Chui Sai On, presented the honorary doctorate to Dr Jia in the company of UM’s University Council Chair Lam Kam Seng and UM Rector Wei Zhao, amid thunderous applause from the audience.

Hong Gang Jin, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, read the citation for Jia Pingwa. The citation said that Jia is a renowned writer with great talent, energy, and charisma. His name and works are destined to be tied together with his time. Jia is a writer of the new age, with boundless talent writers from older times could only dream of. Using the rich historical and cultural heritage as his canvases, he has painted an impressive landscape of the contemporary China and the admirable stories of its people. His works are brimming with breathtaking creativity. Hailing from Shaanxi province, he presents the resilience, brilliance, and nobility, as well as the dust-covered fragility, lethargy and nothingness that are at the core of the Chinese culture in the fascinatingly unpredictable way of a magician. His works, no matter how imaginative, are unfailingly rooted in reality, which gives him an almost Heracles-like strength. This strength endowed him with the greatest charisma a writer can ever hope to attain as well as an enormous cultural influence.

Jia’s masterpieces include Qin Qiang, Fei Du, and Fu Zao. His works have been translated into more than 20 languages, including English, French, German, Swedish, Russian, Japanese, and Korean. He has received numerous prizes for his works, including the Pegasus Prize for Literature for Fu Zao, le Prix Femina Étranger for Fei Du, as well as the Mao Dun Literature Prize and the Dream of the Red Chamber Award for Qin Qiang. In 2012, Jia received the title of ‘The Chinese Writer with the Most International Influence’. In 2013, Jia received the L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. Jia is one of the few greats in Chinese contemporary literature and one of the few Chinese writers who can measure up to the league of world-class writers. He currently serves as the vice president of China Writers Association and the president of the Shaanxi Writers Association.



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<![CDATA[Finding a Job or Pursuing Further Studies? UM Students’ Plans for after Graduation]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41482http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41482My UM

After graduation from college, some students choose to pursue further studies, while others choose to work for a year or two to gain some practical experience before pursuing further studies. Both groups share the same goal—hoping to improve their expertise for future career development. This year’s graduating students are about to leave the university. How will they choose between further studies and finding a job after graduation?

What advice will former UM students give graduating students? A survey conducted by the Student Affairs Office about UM graduates’ employment and further studies shows that in the past three years, an average of 70 per cent of UM graduates chose to find a job after graduation, while over 10 per cent chose to pursue further studies. Henry Sio, a fourth-year student from the Department of Finance and Business Economics, has applied for several renowned graduate schools, including the ones at Cornell University and New York University.

In the meantime, he has received an offer from Alibaba to work as an intern for five months after graduation. So how would Sio choose? ‘The intern position at Alibaba is closely related to finance, which is something I would love to do in the future. Besides, Alibaba is very famous. So I plan to work there for a year to improve my expertise and expand my network,’ he says. ‘If I am accepted by the universities I’ve applied for, I will ask if I can defer my admission for a year. If they say no, then I will just wait for the next year, because the internship at Alibaba is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’

Cristina Lopes Monteiro, a fourth-year student from the Department of English, majors in English, but she also studies Portuguese and Chinese-English translation courses on the side in order to improve her competitiveness. ‘My college experiences have taught me to be an independent self-learner. Whether I choose to find a job or pursue further studies after graduation, I believe I will do well,’ she says. Monteiro wants to become a language teacher. So she plans to find a teaching job after graduation so she can work and pursue a master’s degree at UM at the same time. ‘Pursuing further studies involves financial considerations, and I don’t want to be a burden to my family, so I decided to complete my master’s studies, save some money, and then apply for a PhD programme at the University of Dublin. This university is very famous in the field of linguistics. I hope to study at this university and realise my dream to become a university professor.’

Max Yue graduated from the Faculty of Health Sciences last year. After graduation, he went on to pursue a joint master and doctoral degree at the University of Michigan, and obtained a GPA of 4.0 at the end of the first semester. During our interview, he excitedly shared with us his experiences in the US. ‘Over the past six months, I have been exposed to cutting-edge knowledge in the fields of maths, statistics, and programming. I now see more choices for my career development,’ he says. Many of Yue’s classmates are from renowned universities such as Peking University, Tsinghua University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley.

The C++ algorithm he and two other students from Tsinghua University developed in the last semester received the highest marks in class. This semester, their teacher decided to help them improve the work and produce a paper based on it.

Before graduating from UM, Yue once studied at the University of California, Berkeley, as an exchange student. That experience helped him quickly adapt to the life at the University of Michigan. ‘The courses at American universities are much harder and time-consuming than those at universities in Macao. But after one month of being here, I was able to adapt. The professors always encourage us to consider mathematical and statistical knowledge from multiple angles in order to avoid rote learning without true understanding,’ he says. For students who are undecided about whether to pursue further studies or find a job after graduation, Yue suggests that they should establish a goal and start planning as early as possible. ‘The four years in college are very short, so it’s important to make the most of the time,’ he says.

Every year, the Alumni and Development Office conducts a survey among UM graduates of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programmes to find out the state of their employment and further studies one year after graduation. According to the survey conducted in 2015, more than 20 per cent of the Class of 2014 graduates chose to pursue master’s, doctoral or certificate programmes one year after starting work.

Approximately 50 per cent of UM graduates with a bachelor’s degree and 60 per cent with a master’s or PhD degree said that their studies at UM were beneficial to their career development. Hasen Cai is an alumnus of the Department of Sociology. After graduating from UM in 2015, he followed his passion and found a job in multimedia. ‘Sociology taught me to observe and investigate societal issues from different angles and perspectives, and what I have learned from sociology classes are very helpful to my career development,’ he says. Cai’s fondest memories about his college life were those of him working under the UM Reporter Programme and PR Student Ambassador Programme. The two programmes helped him develop extracurricular interests and acquire skills in photography, video editing, writing, and public relations. ‘Because of the practical experience in multimedia I gained from college and the guidance from the teachers of the elective courses from the Department of Communication, I was able to pursue a career in multimedia right after graduation.’

After working for a year after graduation, Cai decided to pursue further studies in photography and post-production. ‘My college major wasn’t communication, so I feel if I want to do well in this field, I must pursue further studies. I want to produce good-quality works to prove that I can do it,’ he says.

Prof Katrine Wong from the Department of English has many years of experience in further studies counselling. She suggests that in deciding which career path to follow, students should first consider their interests. ‘I always tell my students to ask themselves this question: What am I interested in doing? Trends keep changing. A subject that is popular today may become obsolete in five years. So whether they choose to find a job or pursue further studies after graduation, the important thing is to do what they are passionate about. That way, they will succeed at whatever they do,’ she says. ‘When faced with difficult choices, it’s natural to feel at a loss. Sometimes it’ s wise to work for a few years before pursuing further education; other times it makes sense to continue with their studies. I think the students need to decide according to their specific circumstances. When they don’t know how to choose, they can talk to their teachers and ask for their advice.’

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<![CDATA[Opening Ceremony for the Career and Internship Fair 2017]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41484http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41484Press Invitation
Name : Opening Ceremony for the Career and Internship Fair 2017
Organizer : University of Macau
Date : 23/03/2017, Thu
Time : 12:00pm~12:30pm
Venue : N1-G008, G/F, UM Guest House
Content : UM will hold the Career and Internship Fair 2017 from 23 March to 24 March. The opening ceremony will be held on 23 March at 12:00pm. During the event, UM will announce the results of its latest Further Studies and Employment Survey. Over 100 companies will attend the career fair this year to provide around 4,000 job vacancies.
Language : Cantonese

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<![CDATA[UM holds doctor honoris causa lecture on contemporary literature]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41503http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41503Jia Pingwa, the renowned writer and the new honorary doctor of the University of Macau (UM), gave a Doctor honoris causa Lecture, titled ‘Contemporary Literary Writing in Chinese’, in the Anthony Lau Building at UM. The lecture attracted a full-house audience composed of UM faculty, students, and members of the public. Even the aisles were packed with people.

In his speech before the lecture, Rector Zhao said that Chinese literature is one of the key disciplines at UM, as every world-class university should have a world-class academic programme focused on the native language of the country in which the university is located. In recent years, the Department of Chinese Language and Literature has made considerable progress with the support of various parties. The department now boasts a faculty team of renowned experts and scholars. Earlier, it signed a collaboration agreement with its counterparts at Taiwan University, Peking University, and the University of Hong Kong, on jointly establishing an international academic platform. These achievements are closely related to the team of honorary doctors composed of such literary masters as Wang Meng, Mo Yan, Yu Kwang Chung, Jin Yong, and Pai Hsien-yung. The addition of Dr Jia will further increase the influence of the team and benefit the future development of Chinese discipline at UM.

At the lecture, Jia shared his insights on the current development and future of contemporary Chinese literature in his unique Shaanxi dialect. He believes that writers should think independently in an age fraught with big changes, because a writer without modern, independent thinking would have difficulty gaining a foothold or creating works that deserve a place in the readers’ bookshelf or history. He also thinks that writers need to look at society with fresh eyes against the new backdrop of a fast-developing world. ‘My heart aches for the rapidly declining countryside. Should I sing a eulogy or an elegy? I am not sure,’ he bemoaned.

Prof Zhu Shoutong, head of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, chaired the Q&A session. The audience was very enthusiastic and asked many questions in Shaanxi dialect, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Dr Jia patiently answered every question from the audience. Rector Wei Zhao also participated in the Q&A session, which was punctuated by laughter and applause. In concluding the Q&A session, Prof Zhu highly praised Jia’s talk, saying that Jia accurately presented the dilemma between literature and time, as well as the dilemma between writers and reality, quoting a line from Li Sao by Qu Yuan, ‘This is his blood, his tears, his book of confessions.’

The Department of Chinese Language and Literature will hold a seminar on Jia Pingwa’s works on Thursday 21 March, in Room G010, Faculty of Business Administration (E22). The seminar is co-organised by the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, the Macau Association of Literary and Artistic Critics, UM’s Research Centre for Humanities in South China, and a celebrity forum organised by the Department of Chinese Language and Literature. It will begin at 9:30am. All are welcome.


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<![CDATA[Guangzhou mayor visits UM to promote Guangdong-Macao collaboration in science, technology, and innovation]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41473http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41473A delegation led by Guangzhou Mayor Wen Guohui today (20 March) visited the University of Macau (UM) and was warmly received by UM Rector Wei Zhao. Both parties exchanged ideas on UM’s research development and educational philosophy. During the meeting, UM representatives signed a memorandum of understanding with representatives of the Guangzhou Science Technology and Innovation Commission on strengthening collaboration in science, technology, and innovation. 

For the full version, please refer to the Chinese version.


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