UM News http://www.umac.mo/ $title en_us hourly 1<![CDATA[First day of new semester, UM freshmen hope to surpass themselves]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42599http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42599Today (21 August) is the first day of the new academic year at the University of Macau (UM). The various faculties, residential colleges, and administrative departments were busy welcoming old and new students. Some upperclassmen shared study tips with the freshmen and told them how to make the most of the resources on campus in order to know themselves and expand their networks. Many freshmen were very excited about the four years ahead, saying that they hope to work hard, learn from each other, and surpass themselves.

Becca Tang, a fourth-year student from the Department of Government and Public Administration and a member of the Honours College, just returned from her six-month study at Boston College in the United States. Tang says UM provides many learning opportunities for the students, which have allowed her to meet people from different backgrounds, including world-renowned scholars. She believes these experiences will prove beneficial when she goes abroad for further studies. Oscar Ng is a third-year student from the Faculty of Law, majoring in the Bachelor of Law in Chinese Language programme. Many of his professors are experienced legal experts, who have provided valuable guidance in his studies. His faculty also regularly invites experts to give lectures, which helps to expose him to different viewpoints. Through two years of studies, Ng not only has grown more mature, but has also learned to look at things from different perspectives. This year, Ng will become a residential assistant because he loves event planning. Being a residential assistant will allow him to serve his fellow students and entitles him to a 50% reduction of the accommodation fee, which will ease the financial burden on his family.

A first-year student surnamed Chu from the Faculty of Education feels both excited and nervous about UM’s English teaching environment. As a graduate of a Chinese secondary school, she is very interested in learning in this new environment. Having spent a lot of time reading English novels during the summer holiday to improve her English, Chu feels confident that given time she will be able to adjust to English-medium education. Chu is also very impressed with the first lecture delivered by the rector. She adds that besides acquiring specialised knowledge in her major, she also hopes to learn to be a humble and tolerant person. Mok, a new student majoring in pre-primary education, says the residential college (RC) feels like a home because old and new students live in the college together and learn from each other. She looks forward to participating in the various activities in the RC and hopes to learn to be an independent person. She says that among all higher education institutions in Macao, only UM can provide these resources for students.

In order to help new students prepare for university life, UM has organised a series of orientation activities since mid-August, including general briefing sessions, orientation sessions organised by the various faculties and residential colleges, as well as information sessions and parties.


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<![CDATA[It’s Time to Go Back to School!]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42601http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42601<![CDATA[UM team wins 2nd prize at World Chinese-Portuguese Translation Competition]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42561http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42561A team of students from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau (UM), recently won a second prize in the Macao university category at the World Chinese-Portuguese Translation Competition. Led by Senior Instructor Júlio Reis Jatobá, the team competed with 87 teams from universities in Brazil, Portugal, mainland China, and Macao. Participating teams were required to translate 10,000 sentences from Chinese into Portuguese within three months of receiving the assignment. The contest aims to provide a platform for participants to exchange Chinese-Portuguese translation techniques and put their knowledge into practice.

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


Source: Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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<![CDATA[UM rector discusses the importance of commercialisation of big data in interview with Malaysian newspaper]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42562http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42562Source: Nanyang Siang Pau

In this interview with a Malaysian newspaper, Nanyang Siang Pau, UM Rector Wei Zhao predicts that within the next five to ten years, physical products and services will undergo a very important change: they will become data-driven. As the ‘raw material’, data should be commercialised.

Rector Zhao believes that the big data era will be an era where ‘winners take it all’. Businesses in every industry must make sure that they do well not only domestically, but also internationally.

He points out that big data is only useful for rich people. This means free access to big data not only have the potential to harm public interest, but will also worsen the gap between the rich and the poor. Therefore, commercialisation of big data is the way to go.

However, three issues need to be addressed before the commercialisation of big data can be realised. The first is ensuring legal use of big data. The second is devising a way of measuring big data. The third is limiting the number of times big data can be copied through technical rather than legal means.

He adds that the data-driven industry is still in its infancy. Every country, regardless of their size, has an equal opportunity to develop this industry. And whether a country will thrive in the big data era will depend on whether it can cultivate talent in the fields of software and internet economy.

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<![CDATA[Upperclassmen Tell You How to Make the Most of Resources on Campus]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42563http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42563My UM

Welcome, freshmen, to a new academic year! UM provides ample resources to help students achieve their full potential and enrich their lives on campus. How do you make the most of these resources? Check out the following tips from some upperclassmen.

Expand Your Horizons with Overseas Studies

 Becca Tang is a fourth-year student from the Department of Government and Public Administration and a member of the Honours College (HC). Having just returned from her six-month study trip at Boston College in the United States, Tang feels grateful for the opportunity provided by the HC and describes the experience as an eye-opener . ‘UM provides many learning opportunities for HC students,’ she says. ‘While in the US, I ran into Prof Rose Lai from the Faculty of Business Administration, and because of her, I and several other students from the HC had the privilege of talking to some well-known local scholars.’

Tang says the HC helps her meet people from different backgrounds, and her greatest gain from studying at Boston College is realising that finding a job is not the only option after graduation, as she used to believe. ‘Now I know I can also pursue further studies abroad after graduation,’ she says.

Increase Your Knowledge by Making Use of the Resources

Oscar Ng is a third-year student from the Faculty of Law, majoring in the Bachelor of Law in Chinese Language programme. Ng has a packed schedule, filled with daytime classes, which are mainly taught by full-time professors, and evening classes, which are mostly taught by part-time teachers who are legal practitioners. Many of his teachers are experienced legal experts. They not only provide guidance in studies, but also give advice on how to pursue a career in law after graduation. Through two years of studies, Ng not only has grown more mature, but has also learned to look at things from different perspectives.

Ng makes a habit of using the various learning resources after class to increase his knowledge. For example, he actively attends the lectures by experts invited by his faculty to learn different points of view. A member of Chao Kuang Piu College, Ng is thankful for the college’ s good ambience, abundant resources, and short distance from his faculty and the sports complex, which combine to have a beneficial effect on his studies. The college also arranges for FLL students to live on the same floor with students from the Department of Portuguese, and organises Portuguese classes from time to time. These strategies help to create a very good language learning environment and helped Ng make good progress during the first academic year . This year, Ng will become a residential assistant because he loves event planning. Being a residential assistant allows him to serve his fellow students and entitles him to a 50% reduction of the accommodation fee, which eases the financial burden on his family.

Discover Your Potential by Joining Student Organisations

A Class of 2017 graduate, Chan Ka Long was the last cohort of students to have studied on both the old campus and the new campus. Apart from the classrooms, Chan’s most used resources on campus were the sports facilities. He joined the Track and Field Team in his freshman year , when he was still on the old campus. It was not easy for the team to rent a venue on the old campus, because there was no track and field stadium. As a result, the team had to go to the sports stadium in Taipa for training after class, which was very inconvenient. The situation greatly improved after the university moved to the new campus. Chan was most excited about the track and field stadium with a 400-metre track. He trained in the stadium for an average of five to six times a week. The stadium’s proximity to the Sports Complex also enabled him to practise running after he finished doing gym in the Sports Complex.

Chan describes his four years at UM as ‘rich and fulfilling’. ‘There are many student or ganisations at UM for you to choose from based on your interests. Joining student or ganisations can help you discover your potential, build self-confidence, and know yourself better,’ he says. Apart from being a member of the Track and Field Team, he was also a PR Student Ambassador, and the president of the Sports Association. These experiences not only helped him improve his communication and event or ganisation skills, but also allowed him to make more friends.

Conduct Quality Research with Databases in the Library

Dong Yuekai received his master ’s and doctoral degrees from UM’s Department of Chinese Language and Literature. During his studies at UM, he published a total of 12 papers (including co-authored papers) under the supervision of Prof Tang Keng Pan. Dong’s greatest gain from UM was the realization of the importance of academic exchange. ‘Attending academic conferences allowed me to meet both up-and-coming scholars and established masters,’he says. ‘I have attended conferences in Guangdong, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao, and each time I learned something new. I remember once I even had the privilege of chairing a discussion session with the 80-year-old Mr Huang Xunzhai. I will never for get that experience.’

Dong believes UM’s greatest assets include its excellent faculty members, many of whom are leading experts in their fields, as well as the well-stocked library. ‘The library has lots of electronic resources and purchases important databases and academic journals in different languages on a regular basis. Some research data housed in the library can’ t even be found in mainland China or Hong Kong. There are also small study rooms where we often held academic salons for teachers and students to share their findings,’he says.

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<![CDATA[UM holds convocation to welcome 1,700 freshmen Rector hopes students acquire ‘great knowledge’ and ‘great character’]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42543http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42543The University of Macau (UM) today (15 August) held the orientation and convocation for the 2017/2018 academic year to welcome  1,700 freshmen. UM Rector Wei Zhao gave the ‘first lecture at UM’ to the students, encouraging them to make the most of the ‘great buildings’ and ‘great professors’ at UM to acquire ‘great knowledge’ and ‘great character’, so they can rise up to the challenges of the 21st century.

The convocation opened in the beautiful music performed by the UM Symphonic Band. In his speech, Rector Wei Zhao congratulated the freshmen on beginning a new chapter of their lives at UM. He encouraged them to not only work hard but also learn to be good people and useful members of society. He hopes the students will be considerate of others, make contributions to society, and practice the five virtues of an ideal scholar listed in the university motto (humanity, integrity, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity). When giving the ‘first lecture at UM’, Rector Zhao told the students about UM’s 4Gs, namely great buildings, great professors, great knowledge, and great character. He encouraged the students to make the most of the teaching and research facilities to increase their knowledge and learn from world-class masters in different fields, so they can acquire ‘great knowledge’ in their academic pursuits and ‘great character’ in their personal development.

At the ceremony, UM presented 11 kinds of scholarships to 162 outstanding students, including students on the Rector’s Honour List. Scholarships presented at the ceremony included the Macau Foundation Scholarship, the Henry Fok Foundation Scholarship, the Bank of China Scholarship, Sands China Ltd. Scholarship, Nam Kwong Education Scholarship, the UMDF Scholarship, the ICBC Macau Scholarship, the UO Group Scholarship, the Galaxy Entertainment Group Scholarship, the SJM Scholarship, and Wu’s Group Scholarship. This year UM awards a total of 4 million patacas in over 70 kinds of scholarships and academic prizes, to more than 400 outstanding students.

Classes for the new academic year will begin on Monday 21 August. To help freshmen adjust to their life on campus, UM is holding a series of orientation activities, including general briefing sessions, orientation sessions organised by the various faculties and residential colleges, and information sessions and parties. UM has also held information seminars for parents to help them learn more about the university’s educational philosophy and latest developments, so that they can help their children adapt to college life.


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<![CDATA[UM research team receives Best Paper Award at radio wireless conference]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42519http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42519A paper jointly written by Liu Nengwu, a student from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau (UM); Zhu Lei, head of the department; and Choi Wai Wa, an associate professor from the department, recently received the Best Paper Award at the Cross-Strait Quad-Regional Radio Wireless Conference (CSQRWC) 2017. Titled ‘Low-Profile Wide-Bandwidth Patch Antenna under Operation of TM0,1/2 and TM2,1/2 Modes’, the paper proposes a novel design concept to enhance the bandwidth of microstrip patch antennas (MPA).

Using the multi-mode theory, this design can help to achieve the goal of producing MPAs with low profile, wide impedance bandwidth, and stable normal radiation pattern. The paper received attention from experts, scholars, and industrial practitioners at the conference. This year’s conference was held in Chenzhou, Hunan province. Many experts and scholars from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, including Zhu Lei from UM, Weng Jinlu from Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan, and Luk Kwai Man from the City University of Hong Kong, attended the conference and delivered keynote speeches. Over 74 technical papers were presented, and only four received the Best Paper Award.

First held in 1998, the CSQRWC is an important annual academic conference in the field of wireless communications technology in the Chinese-speaking community. Hosts of the conference rotate every year among mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao. The event provides a platform for participants to discuss the various theories, technologies, and applications of wireless mobile communication, wireless network, satellite communication, microwave remote sensing, and electromagnetic compatibility.


Source: Faculty of Science and Technology

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<![CDATA[UM’s science summer camp helps secondary school students cultivate interest in science]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42523http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42523The University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) recently held a closing ceremony for its Summer Camp 2017. This year’s summer camp attracted 140 students from 26 secondary schools in Macao. Some participants say that they have learned a lot of scientific knowledge that could be applied to their daily lives, adding that they hope to pursue further education in the same field.

The FST organised six summer camps this year, namely Civil Engineering Summer Camp, 3D Reconstruction with Quadcopters Summer Camp, Computer Vision and Human-Machine Interaction Summer Camp, Wireless Technology Study Summer Camp, Robot and Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp, and Green Vehicle Summer Camp.

Lee, a participant who is interested in wireless technology, met many like-minded friends in the camp and learned more about the latest technologies and products in wireless technology. Having experienced UM’s campus life, Lee thinks that the university provides a very good environment for teaching and research and hopes to study at UM after graduation. Chen, another participant in the summer camp, is a robotics enthusiast. He says the camp provides an opportunity for him to learn more about the science behind artificial intelligence and the basic operations of robots, which he cannot learn from his classes in school. He adds that the group discussions allowed students to learn from each other, and hopes to study robotics when he starts college.

Guests who attended the closing ceremony included Tam Kam Weng and Wong Pak Kin, associate deans of the FST; Yang Zhixin, assistant dean of the FST; and Samuel Chan Wan Hei, a member of the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT)'s Administrative Committee. In his speech, Yang said he believed that the participants were able to discover their interest in scientific research and broadened their horizons through the various experiments and activities in the camp. He added that many start-up companies got their inspiration from science and technology and try to integrate them into their products to improve the quality of people’s lives. The summer camp was sponsored by the Macao Science and Technology Development Fund.


Source: Faculty of Science and Technology

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<![CDATA[The latest issue of My UM is now available!]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42542http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42542To welcome the new academic year and freshmen, we have interviewed several senior students in this issue. They teach you how to make the most of the resources on campus to increase your knowledge and expand your network (Article/Video). In ‘Tell Us Your Story’, maths professor Kou Kit Ian, who loves DIY, shares how she applies mathematical knowledge to everyday life and finds a sense of fulfillment from making DIY crafts (Article/Video). In the ‘UM Reporters’ Column’, we discuss how the various residential colleges create an environment that is conducive to English learning (Article).

For details, visit www.umac.mo/e-myum to read the e-version or click here to download the latest issue of My UM

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<![CDATA[UM scholar publishes first epidemiological study of depression among Chinese adults in Macao]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42511http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/42511Dr Brian Hall, assistant professor from the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), University of Macau (UM), and his Global and Community Mental Health Research Group, conducted the first population representative study of depression in Macao. The results showed that 8 per cent of Chinese adults are likely to be depressed. Based on this estimate, over 30, 000 Macao residents may be in need of mental health services. The prevalence of depression in Macao is higher than observed in published studies from neighboring Hong Kong and in mainland China.

According to the study, depression is most prevalent among women across the life course, elders (over age 65), and middle-aged men. The results showed that key correlates of depression were unemployment, divorce, poor health, and low levels of social capital. Depression is the most common mental disorder globally, and the burden of disease attributable to depression is among the highest in the world. Measuring depression in Macao is the first step to establishing whether mental health should be an important public health priority in the SAR. The epidemiological study was conducted via a telephone survey, which is a valid method of collecting sensitive information. The total sample was weighted against the Macao population census, so the results can generalise to and accurately reflect the Macao population.

Depression and other mental disorders are often neglected, since unlike cancer, they are ‘invisible’ illnesses. They are also often stigmatised, especially within the Chinese context. The authors of the study highlighted that a treatment gap exists in Macao – there are many more people who need high-quality, culturally appropriate, evidence-based psychological treatment, than the number of providers available to deliver these treatments. A comprehensive action plan for mental health is needed and this should be informed by continued research.

Dr Hall is working with the World Health Organization to test scalable intervention programms that can be utilised to reduce the burden of mental ill health among Macao residents. The paper was published in the prestigious journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (Quartile 1, JSR rankings; Impact Factor = 2.92), and can be downloaded from the following link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00127-017-1415-8.

Dr Hall has been appointed to the editorial board of this journal, following the publication of this article. To learn more about Dr Hall’s research, please visit http://www.umac.mo/fss/psychology/staff_Brian.html.


Source: Faculty of Social Sciences

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