UM News http://www.umac.mo/ $title en_us hourly 1<![CDATA[CPPCC National Committee member H E Yu Hongjun gives talk on diplomacy of China]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41880http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41880The Office of Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China in Macao and the University of Macau (UM) today (28 April) jointly held a talk titled ‘Ever-changing International Relations and Proactive Diplomacy of China’. H E Yu Hongjun, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee and vice president of the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament, was the keynote speaker. During the talk, he discussed the various factors that have contributed to China’s peaceful rise in the world.


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<![CDATA[UM student wins second prize at national inter-varsity Portuguese poetry recitation contest]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41869http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41869

Chen Yun, a third-year student from the Department of Portuguese, University of Macau (UM), recently won the second prize in the senior category at a national inter-varsity Portuguese poetry recitation contest, after beating 31 contestants from different universities in China. This year’s contest attracted students from various institutions, including Beijing Language and Culture University, Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Beijing Jiaotong University, Macao Polytechnic Institute, the University of Saint Joseph, and Macau University of Science and Technology.


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<![CDATA[Supercomputer experts give talks on Tianhe-2’s results at UM]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41871http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41871The University of Macau (UM) today (27 April) held a lecture titled ‘Supercomputer – Tianhe-2 Comes to UM’. Lu Yutong, director of the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzhou and deputy chief designer of Tianhe-2; and Prof Peng Shaoliang from the National University of Defense Technology, gave keynote speeches, titled ‘Super Computer, Super Impact’, and ‘Bio-medical Big Data Analytics on Tianhe Supercomputers’, respectively. Both experts believe that Tianhe-2 will be open to scientists in China and beyond via the internet, which benefit research in many areas.

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<![CDATA[UM Reporters visit media agencies]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41864http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41864A batch of University of Macau (UM) Reporters, led by UM Communications Office Director Katrina Cheong, visited the headquarters of Macao Daily News and TDM (Teledifusão de Macau) to learn more about the operations of news and media agencies. The students visited the production studio, newsroom, and news office of TDM. They also learned more about the history, philosophy, and social responsibility of Macao Daily News. Launched by the Communications Office in 2012, the UM Reporter Programme aims to provide a platform for students to develop journalistic and writing skills. So far the programme has produced approximately 200 UM Reporters.


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<![CDATA[Ever-changing International Relations and Proactive Diplomacy of China by H E Yu Hongjun]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41865http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41865Press Invitation
Name : Ever-changing International Relations and Proactive Diplomacy of China by H E Yu Hongjun
Organizer : Office of Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC in Macao, University of Macau
Date : 28 April 2017, Friday
Time : 3:00pm
Venue : UM Wu Yee Sun Library Auditorium (E2-G012)
Content : Event Description: Yu Hongjun is the vice president of the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD), and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the CPPCC National Committee. He used to be the vice minister of International Department of the CPC Central Committee and the president of the China Centre for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS). He served as the first secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan, Chinese Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Uzbekistan. He is an expert on international affairs and has long been the main focus of the international communist movement and world socialism. At present, he mainly focuses on the study of modern international relations, politics of world political parties and diplomacy of contemporary China. He has rich experience in the work of diplomacy and academic exchange with overseas institutions.
Language : Mandarin

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<![CDATA[2 UM Faculty of Science & Technology Students Do Internships at Multinational Company]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41866http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41866<![CDATA[Should You Line Up at the Bus Stop?]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41855http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41855Source: My UM

Every day at the No 71 bus stop in Praca Ferrira Amaral, you can see UM students and staff forming an orderly line for the bus. But it is a completely different picture at the University South stop and the Administrative Building stop, the two busiest bus stops on the UM campus. At these bus stops, it is very common for latecomers to get on the bus first. Many people we interviewed said that they actually want to observe order at the bus stop but often don’t know where to line up because of the lack of signs. So how can we improve the situation? Let’s hear the suggestions of some UM students and staff.

Delineating Different Waiting Areas

‘To improve the situation, I think the bus company can consider delineating different waiting areas for different buses to let passengers know where to line up,’ says Ng Ka I, a first-year student from the Faculty of Law, who often needs to wait for buses at the University South stop. ‘Maybe they can also erect a barricade and a gate where the bus stops, to ensure that people get on the bus in an orderly manner. Or perhaps they can paint some signs on the ground to guide people. ’

The Administrative Building stop is another busy bus stop on campus. Ng believes that many UM members are willing to line up at the bus stop but often don’t know how because there are no clearly marked waiting area and no signs. ‘Actually the majority of UM students and staff are very good. Only a few lack the awareness, so it’s necessary to remind them with some signs.’

Using Barricade and Signs

Dean of Students Paul Pang normally takes bus route 71 or 73. He is satisfied with the number and location of bus stops on campus. ‘The problem of not lining up for buses is not restricted to UM. It’s a universal problem in Macao,’ he says. ‘Macao has a high population density and relatively few roads. Every bus stop serves many different bus routes. These and various other unforeseeable factors mean that crowdedness and lack of order during rush hours are inevitable.’

As for how to improve the situation, Pang has three suggestions. ‘First, I think the bus company can erect some barricade and paint signs on the ground,’ he says. ‘Second, bus drivers should make sure to stop the bus at the correct location to prevent latecomers from getting on the bus first. Third, try to avoid rush hours if possible.’

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<![CDATA[UM confers honorary doctorate on Nobel laureate Carl Edwin Wieman]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41857http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41857The University of Macau (UM) today (25 April) conferred the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa on Carl Edwin Wieman, a renowned physicist in the United States and Nobel laureate in physics, in recognition of his contributions to science education and research.

Lam Kam Seng, representative of UM’s chancellor and chair of UM’s University Council, presented the honorary doctorate to Prof Wieman in the company of UM Rector Wei Zhao. In his citation for Prof Wieman, Tang Zikang, director of UM’s Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering (IAPME), said that not many others may have all these attributes combined in them – distinguished achievements, social influence and strong leadership – as Prof Wieman does. He added that Prof Wieman’s works are ground-breaking and his aim is laudable as he avails of his outstanding scholarship to make a better future for the world.

Prof Wieman holds a joint appointment as a professor of physics and a professor at Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. His ground-breaking research projects include precision laser spectroscopy; the use of lasers and atoms to provide important table-top tests of theories of elementary particle physics; the development and use of various techniques to cool down and trap atoms using laser light. He has published many monographs and more than 200 scientific research papers in physics and science education. In recognition of these tremendous achievements, Prof Wieman has been awarded more than 20 national and international awards, which include the Einstein Medal for Laser Science, the King Faisal International Prize for Science, the Lorentz Medal, and the National Science Foundation’s Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholar.


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<![CDATA[UM Honorary Doctor Carl Edwin Wieman gives talk on science education]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41858http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41858Carl Edwin Wieman, the new honorary doctor of the University of Macau (UM) and a Nobel laureate in physics, today (25 April) gave a Doctor honoris causa Lecture, titled ‘Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education’, in the auditorium of UM Wu Yee Sun Library.

In his welcome speech, UM Rector Wei Zhao said that Prof Wieman is a visionary scientist that has initiated many ground-breaking research projects, adding that he started a number of programmes over the past few decades to improve the effectiveness of science education. Zhao mentioned that Prof Wieman served as the associate director for science of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and is the Chair of the Board on Science Education in the National Academy of Sciences and the founder and chairman of PhET scientific simulation programme, which provides an extensive simulation package in order to improve the way that physics, chemistry, math, biology and earth science are taught and learned. Zhao also said that Prof Wieman’s talk at UM is very significant because it is essential for UM students to learn how to study with a scientific attitude and create a better future for Macao with scientific methods.

During the talk, Prof Wiemen said that it is imperative to provide better science education for all students and the goal of science education is to help students ‘think like a scientist, rather than make them become scientists’. He noted that students need to be able to develop a ‘mental organisational framework’, in which scientific concepts and selection criteria govern, adding that the framework can help students understand what problems need to be solved and what is irrelevant. Prof Wiemen also said that the meaning of science education is to help students learn to make better decisions and choices.

The talk attracted many overseas experts and scholars, researchers, UM faculty members and students, as well as teachers and students from local secondary schools.

In addition, Prof Wieman will participate in an international academic symposium, titled ‘STEM Education Mini-Symposium: Building a New Culture for STEM Education in Asia’, to be held tomorrow (26 April) in Room G062, Anthony Lau Building (E4), UM. During the event, experts and scholars from the United States, Singapore, mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao will have an in-depth discussion on STEM Education.

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<![CDATA[UM Members’ Entrepreneurial Dreams]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41831http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/41831Source: My UM

Universities around the world are supporting their students and alumni to start their own businesses, creating many success stories such as Google and Yahoo. Indeed, for college graduates, starting a business has become a popular third choice besides finding a job and pursuing further studies. Many alumni and current students of UM are also taking actions to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into a reality.

Co-founding a Company with RMB 1 Million

Huber Hu, a second-year student from the Department of Electromechanical Engineering, last year co-founded a company in the Hengqin Entrepreneurship Valley with two fourth-year UM students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, namely Xian Yi and Chen Xiuyao. The trio invested RMB 1 million in the company. ‘In the short term, we hope to make a profit with karting and restaurant business. In the long term, we hope to become a complex that combines R&D and entertainment,’ Xian says.

‘The three of us used to live in the same residential college at UM, Chao Kuang Piu College. One of them was my roommate. This is their first time starting a business. I already have a science and technology company in Beijing. So I thought I could help them with my experience. Also, it will help me learn more about the business environment in Zhuhai and teach me how to run a company in a different field,’ Hu says. Hu founded his company in Beijing with the money he obtained from pledging three of his patents, two on coating and one on unmanned flying vehicles. His company in Beijing mainly focuses on the development and manufacturing of machines as well as the development and sale of medicines and medical devices. This year he plans to expand the scope of the company’s business to include research in the field of general aviation manufacturing, which is what most interests him. Hu advises against starting a business just for the sake of it. ‘It should be driven by an inner calling. In order to succeed, a business must be commercially viable and socially beneficial,’ he says.

Without Innovation There Would Be No Core Competitiveness

In February 2017, UM established an Innovation Centre. One of the missions of the Innovation Centre is to provide support to UM faculty and students who want to turn their innovative ideas into marketable products. ‘For college graduates in Hong Kong and mainland China, starting a business has become the third popular choice besides pursuing further studies and finding a job,’ says Prof Jerome Yen, head of the centre. Prof Yen was the director of internet finance at Hong Kong Applied Science And Technology Research Institute, and senior vice president and deputy chief risk officer at top 500 companies listed on Forbes and Fortune magazines. He has also worked at the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. ‘College students don’t necessarily have to find a job after graduation,’ he says. ‘They can develop entrepreneurial skills and mindset in college, starting with innovative ideas. Turning those innovative ideas into a business, a product, or a service will go a long way towards diversifying Macao’s economy in the long run.’

Establishing Companies in Both Hengqin and Macao

Prof Yen is currently coaching a group of UM students who will participate in the Bank of China Trophy One Million Dollar Macao Regional Entrepreneurship Competition. He hopes his experience will help the students achieve good results in the competition. One of the teams he is coaching is composed of postgraduate students from the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, some of whom are from Macao, others from mainland China. Huang Li, the chief operating officer of the company, says, ‘We registered our parent company in Hengqin in 2016. Earlier this year we registered a subsidiary in Macao. The parent company focuses on R&D activities, while the subsidiary focuses on marketing. What sets us apart is that we combine Chinese medicines with culture and internet technologies. Apart from medicines, we will also launch many innovative products. We hope to inject diversity into the local pharmaceutical industry.’

Chan Teng Ian, a master’s student of medical administration, is the chief operating officer of the Macao based subsidiary. He is also one of the two shareholders responsible for the R&D aspect. ‘The project we brought to the entrepreneurship competition this year is an improved version of an earlier project we did. Our first project was a campus WeChat communication platform, which is a success, because so far it has attracted the attention of over 5,000 people,’ he says. Asked how the innovation centre has helped their entrepreneurial attempts, he says, ‘Young people like us have passion, but we lack experience and strategy. Experts like Prof Yen from the Innovation Centre can bring us closer to success by helping us analyse the decision-making process. ’

Starting Businesses On and Off Campus

While some UM alumni have tasted success with science and technology companies, other UM students chose to open cafes on campus. Currently there are two student-run cafes on campus. The bosses of these cafes are winners of an earlier entrepreneurship competition co-organised by the Student Affairs Office and the Entrepreneurship Society under the Student’s Union. ‘After running the cafe for a year, I realised how difficult it is to start a business, but the hands-on experience improved my problem-solving skills, and after a trial-and-error process, business has improved a lot,’ says Chen Zihong, a third-year student from the Department of Management and Marketing, who is the boss of one of the cafes. Chen is grateful to the university for giving him the opportunity to realise his entrepreneurial dream. With this cafe experience under his belt, Chen plans to start a business after graduation from UM, but instead of opening a restaurant, he will consider starting a business that targets the international market.

Three other UM alumni, namely Chong Kei Hong and U Nok Man from the Department of Psychology, and Wong Chan Wai from the Department of Communication, have opened a restaurant in Taipa Village with another partner, who is their old classmate from high school. Because of the good quality of the food and the unique dining experience, the restaurant quickly became popular by word of mouth. Chong, U, and Wong not only were old classmates at UM; they were also old colleagues at UM. Before opening the restaurant, the trio considered the various risk factors, such as the skyrocketing rent and the increasing cost of raw materials, but they remained undeterred, never wavering in their determination to make their entrepreneurial dream come true. Other than their signature dishes, which completely retain the original flavours of similar dishes found in overseas restaurants, more than 70 per cent of the items on their menu are based on original or revised recipes. ‘Don’t assume that starting a business is extremely complicated. Just do it when you are still young,’ concur the three shareholders.

Innovation Centre Helps Students Start Businesses

The office in the Innovation Centre will be ready for use by the end of this year. The centre is like an incubator, helping UM faculty members and students turn their innovative ideas into marketable products and advising them on issues related to starting a business, such as how to protect intellectual property rights, how to raise funds, and how to evaluate risk factors. As part of its effort to support the Macao SAR government’s policy to encourage young people to start their own businesses, the Innovation Centre plans to provide funding to support innovative, market-oriented research. All UM students and alumni are eligible to apply to join the centre.

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