UM News http://www.umac.mo/ $title en_us hourly 1<![CDATA[]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999912http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999912<![CDATA[]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999911http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999911<![CDATA[]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999910http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999910<![CDATA[]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999909http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999909<![CDATA[]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999908http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999908<![CDATA[]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999907http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99999907<![CDATA[Book launch for A Promoção do Português em Macau e no Interior da China to be held on 22 June]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/45297http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/45297The University of Macau (UM) Chinese-Portuguese Bilingual Teaching and Training Centre and the office of the Oriental Foundation in Macao will jointly hold a book launch for The Promotion of Portuguese in Macao and Mainland China (A Promoção do Português em Macau e no Interior da China) on Friday 22 June at 6:30pm.

The book covers a series of articles about Portuguese language education in Macao and mainland China. Most of the articles provide analyses, descriptions, and studies of data collected from surveys by universities or Portuguese education institutions in Macao and mainland China. The results can help people understand the learning outcomes of Portuguese language students whose mother tongue is Chinese. A total of 1,557 Portuguese language students participated in the survey.

Participating universities and institutions include UM, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, the Communication University of China, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Sun Yat-sen University, Instituto Português no Oriente, the University of Saint Joseph, Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Macau University of Science and Technology, Shanghai International Studies University, Harbin Normal University, Tianjin Foreign Studies University, and Xi’an International Studies University.


Source: Chinese-Portuguese Bilingual Teaching and Training Centre 

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<![CDATA[A Criminologist with Three Keys to His Life]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/45298http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/45298Source: umagazine

If you were in possession of three keys that can each open the door to a new phase in life, would you know when to use them? Prof Liu Jianhong from the University of Macau’s (UM) Department of Sociology is one man who clearly does. He had a steep climb up the ladder of success – from the floor of a tyre factory to the academic podium as an internationally renowned scholar of criminology. Winner of multiple awards, he received the 2016 Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology. Last year, he won the 2018 Gerhard O W Mueller Award, from the most authoritative body on the relevant discipline, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, in recognition of his outstanding and longstanding contributions to comparative criminology and international criminology.

 

Unlocking Life's First Door with His First Key

Born in Ningxia, Liu was swept up in the tumultuous Cultural Revolution at the tender age of 11. With all schools shut down, idle children fell into small gangs, picking fights and causing trouble. Liu, then a fifth-grader, was no different. In one serious episode, he was taken to the Social Protection Department (now the Police Station). When he reached age 14, schools reopened. He did not resume his fifth grade studies, but leapfrogged to the eighth grade, because those in the younger age groups needed to be assigned to lower grades.

After leaving school, Liu was assigned to work in a tyre factory in Ningxia. But he refused to spend the rest of his life trapped in the 24-hour shift cycle of a tyre-production labourer. Boldly, he decided to teach himself the entire secondary school syllabus for mathematics, physics, chemistry, literature, history, as well as other subjects after work, which took him four years to complete.

An ordinary rubber tyre may look simple. But multiple steps are necessary to manufacture one, from high-temperature heating, pressurisation, and sulfurisation, before it passes the test for resiliency, strength, wear-resistance, and anti-corrosiveness. In his factory days, Liu often reminded himself that, he too, must undergo the vigorous process of being tempered and molded into market-ready condition.

At that time, the only way to get into university is through recommendation by the work unit. In the only selection exam held in the factory, Liu was the first to finish all four exam papers, when others were still struggling with one. However, he was not recommended for college but was instead transferred to the school run by the factory.

After two years as a high school teacher, Liu’s lucky break finally came in 1977, when the then Vice Premier of the State Council Deng Xiaoping reinstated the college entrance examinations that had been mothballed for ten years. Millions of young people commenced a mad stampede to take the public exams. Liu, too, leaped at the opportunity. In doing so, he unleashed his dream that had been dormant and suppressed for a decade. He summed up that moment poetically, ‘Like tempered steel, hidden and unused / I burned with a desire to be of use.’ By gaining admission into the university, he cut the key that opened the door to a new life. ‘Those that got admitted into universities in 1977 and 1978 saw the opportunity as a miracle,’ says Liu.

 

From a Science Major to a Major Force in Criminology

Liu has won a clutch of awards and honours. He has been elected to many famous international criminological bodies. Notably, he also founded the most important scholastic exchange platform in Asia for criminologists—the Asian Criminological Society, of which he is the president. He is a prolific writer, with 29 books to his credit as author, editor, or co-editor, 71 journal papers (of which 48 are SSCI/Scoupus indexed), and 36 book chapters.

Liu’s undergraduate major was physics. Back then, students were sold on this slogan ‘Learn well your math, physics, and chemistry, and you can go anywhere without fear or insecurity.’ Liu too found himself in the grip of this fever and picked physics. Post-graduation, he discovered, to his disappointment, that career options in physics were severely limited. Physics was old school, with little room for career development. Without a lab for high-grade research, success was hopelessly beyond reach. Tough offered a post to teach physics at Ningxia University, Liu turned his mind to an alternative career path.

 

Cutting a Second Key to Life

Proud though he was in making a quantum leap from humble tyre factory worker to lofty physics professor, Liu was far from content. He felt a different inner drive. ‘Having come through the social upheaval of the Cultural Revolution, I had thought long and hard about various social and political issues,’ he says. ‘After two years of teaching physics, I decided to change horses midstream and applied for an MA programme in philosophy of science.’ Liu thus took a drastic turn--to a road not yet travelled, where he found unprecedented opportunities. In 1979, China and the United States established diplomatic relations, ushering in a honeymoon period between the two countries. ‘Nankai University invited many American experts to deliver talks, giving me a chance to get to know sociology,’ he says. ‘In 1988, I earned a full scholarship to study in the US.’

Driven by his hunger for knowledge, Liu switched from being a science student to a philosophy of science major, and then spent an additional ten years on another detour into sociology. But even then, academically, he still had not found his true love. Tis ceaseless search, however, led him to cut his second key that finally opened the door to a new opportunity. During his stay in the US, it was not until after he completed his PhD degree that he began to develop a romance with criminology. ‘The State University of New York at Albany was known as the cradle for criminology. Tat whiff of intellectual excitement lured me into my lifelong interest in this discipline, just when I was writing my thesis,’ he recalls. Discovering criminology was his second key, the key to a veritable treasure chest.

He stayed in the US to dig deeper into criminology. He joined Rhode Island College in 1992, and spent 10 years there climbing the rungs from assistant professor to tenured full professor. But academic security alone did not satisfy him. He wanted more. He still burned with a desire to excel himself. The day before our interview, Prof Liu attended the inauguration ceremony for UM’s new rector Yonghua Song. He was visibly moved by what Rector Song said in his official speech, ‘A university must be driven by its dream, and feed its soul on excellence.’ Tis apt statement captures the essence of his own life journey. Had he not embarked on his scorched-earth pursuit of self-actualisation, he would probably still be toiling away in a tyre factory in his native Ningxia.

 

The Third Key– Returning to Asia

In 2007, the US was in the throes of a financial crisis. That same year, Liu came to UM as a visiting Fulbright Scholar. Near the end of his term, Faculty of Social Sciences Dean Prof Hao Yufan invited him to stay. That was how Liu left his comfort zone in the US where he had been ensconced for the past 15 years. By staying, he traded America for Asia.

In scanning UM’s growth prospects, Liu can see that there is a rich vein of opportunity for Asian criminology. He puts it this way, ‘Current criminological theories are invariably based on American research and model. Whether these theories apply to the Asian context is open to question. Case in point: East and West differ significantly in prison studies. In the West, they focus on how to manage the prisons effectively. In the East, they care more about how to rehabilitate the inmates, to prepare them for a new life. That’s why I feel there is plenty of elbow room for criminological studies to grow in Asia.’

In 2009, together with 50 experts and scholars from 14 Asian countries, Liu founded the Asian Criminological Society, with UM as its home base. That same year, he became the editor-in-chief of the Asian Journal of Criminology, which this year became the first and only journal on criminology in Asia to be included in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI).

An important part of Liu’s work is in developing criminological theories that are applicable to both East and West. ‘Sociologists are fond of saying that socialization and the environment have an impact on human behaviour. Political scientists, on the other hand, like to say that social conflict, exploitation, oppression, and inequality are the true causes of crime,’ he says, ‘Criminologists are never short of criminological theories. As for me, I believe that one of my principal contributions is in advancing a ‘relational approach’ to the study of criminal behaviour.’ This is a new Asian paradigm which is predicated on the logic of cross-cultural comparisons. Existing theories in the West have largely ignored the importance of cultural differences on the study of crime and criminal justice, based as they are on the unchallenged assumption that theories gestated in the Western environment are universally applicable. Liu’s new relationalism perspective takes issue with this prevalent assumption. It posits that the relational approach explains criminal behavior and society’s reaction to criminal behaviour, of which the criminal justice system is one example, in ways that Western individualistic perspectives alone cannot. Since being published, his theory has been lauded by some famous criminologists. Liu is busy working to refine his theoretical model, so that it can better highlight the cultural perspectives of Asian and other non-Western societies.

In bringing the interview to a close, Liu stresses that criminology is a work-in-progress and a never-ending pursuit, with enormous import for application. He hopes that by introducing this new paradigm internationally, it will make contributions locally. In the past, he points out, there has been relatively significant cooperation between the Macao government and the UM Faculty of Law. In the future, he says, ‘I hope we will enjoy more cooperative opportunities with our government on crime prevention in service of Macao.

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<![CDATA[UM holds UAUC joint meeting Chui hopes UM redoubles effort to train high-calibre professionals in various fields]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/45291http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/45291The University of Macau (UM) yesterday (19 June) held the Joint Meeting of the University Assembly (UA) and University Council (UC) for the 2017/2018 academic year in its Ho Yin Conference Hall. Chui Sai On, chief executive of the Macao SAR, chancellor of UM, and chair of the UA, presided over the meeting. Chui said that the Macao SAR government accords great importance to education and hopes UM will redouble its effort to produce high-calibre professionals in various fields. 

Chui said, ‘We can never stress more the importance of education to our nation and its role in the social and economic progress of the Macao community. Talent nurturing has always been at the top of our policy agenda and it is our conviction that it is a means to making Macao thrive and prosperous. To do that well, therefore, we are optimising education policies and we are providing more resources for education. The Hengqin campus brings in new opportunities and now, a new chapter. All this is how we can describe this university as we know it today and all this is attributable to the successful workings of One Country Two Systems and no less to the steadfast support of higher education by the central government, the SAR government and the local community.’ 

He said, ‘I trust that under the concerted efforts of its staff, the university will be able to do a good job to measure up to what society expects of it. On my part, I hold the same expectations of the university: keep exploring, make use of the integrated learning approach to produce a great education in various disciplines, be innovation-spirited and be reactive to the socio-economic developments of our society.’ He added, ‘The University of Macau is a public comprehensive tertiary education institution, which obliges it to carry on with the important mission of talent nurturing and ensure that there be adequate talent to sustain the successful operation of One Country Two Systems.’ 

University Council Chair Lam Kam Seng delivered a report on the UC’s work over the past academic year. He said that in the past year, UM produced good results in the selection of a new rector, in nurturing talent and leveraging the university’s teaching and research forte, and in instituting a regime of intellectual property protection to encourage the application of research output. In conclusion, Lam said a new chapter of local higher education is now open to us as the Higher Education Regime is to be operative soon, and UM will position itself well for that. 

Rector Yonghua Song reported the university’s progress in various areas, including talent development, teaching, and scientific research. He said UM has produced good results in technological innovations, and in the future the university will redouble its effort to train multidisciplinary graduates with creative thinking skills. Currently, UM is preparing for the establishment of a third state key laboratory in smart cities and the Internet of Things. It will actively integrate into the Greater Bay Area and participate in national research projects, and establish a mechanism for research collaboration, in order to increase the innovativeness and impact of research output, and contribute to the moderate diversification of Macao’s economy and the development of the Greater Bay Area. 

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Tam Chon Weng hosted a dinner for UA and UC members after the joint meeting to thank them for their hard work in the past year. Secretary Tam pledged continued support for UM and expressed hope that UM will produce more high-calibre professionals in science and technology to help Macao integrate into the Greater Bay Area and realise the moderate diversification of its economy. 

The UA and the UC consist of prominent members of the community, UM’s management, as well as representatives of faculty members, students, and alumni. The following individuals attended this year’s UAUC Joint Meeting: Chui Sai On, Lam Kam Seng, Lei Pui Lam, Wong Chong Fat, Lau Veng Lin, Ng Fok, Siu Yin Wai, Zhou Ligao, Susana Chou, Wong King Keung, Lao Ngai Leong, Cheng Kar Shing, Fok Chun-wan, Tse Chi Wai, Anabela Fátima Xavier Sales Ritchie, Tong Chi Kin, Kou Kam Fai, Au Chong Kit, Huen Wing Ming, Ip Peng Kin, Sou Chio Fai, Lou Pak Sang, Iong Kong Leong, Yonghua Song, Lionel Ni, Rui Martins, Kou Mei, Jacky So, Hong Gang Jin, Iu Vai Pan, Wong Pak Kin, Ao Peng Kong, Kot Man Kam, Ieong Man In, Ouyang Mingcong, Leung Kai Chun (secretary of UA and secretary general of UC ). Those who sat in on the meeting included Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Tam Chon Weng, and Chief of the Office of the Chief Executive O Lam. 

For the full version, please refer to the Chinese version

Source: Communications Office

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<![CDATA[A delegation led by Hubei province standing committee member Erkenjan Turahun visits UM]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/45294http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/45294A delegation led by Erkenjan Turahun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, who is also the head of the province’s United Front Work Department, visited the University of Macau (UM) in the company of Ma Iao Hang, a standing committee member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee. Members of the delegation were warmly received by UM Rector Yonghua Song, Ma Man Kei and Lo Pak Sam College (MLC) Master Xu Debao, Rector’s Office Director Wong Kei, and Global Affairs Office Functional Head (Collaboration in Greater China and Project Development) Rebecca Tai. Song told the guests about the master plan of the current campus, as well as the university’s educational philosophy and latest development. Members of the delegation visited the Wall of Great Wisdom and MLC.

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


Source:  Global Affairs Office

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