Dear new students,

Welcome to the big UM family! Over the next four years, this University will be your home. As you will soon discover, choosing UM may be one of the best decisions you have ever made. To help guide you on this new journey, we have put together this handbook which provides the essential information you will need as a University of Macau student.

Like all of us, you no doubt feel a surge of pride upon seeing our new campus, with its jaw-dropping state-of-the-art facilities. But the breathtaking beauty of our campus is only the visible part of what makes us so proud of this University.

The real beauty of our University is the care that has been put into designing an education that you deserve. As you leave high school to begin life as a university student, you will encounter a number of significant differences. University students, by definition, are intellectuals with a self-imposed sense of responsibility towards themselves, their fellow human beings, their country and the world at large.

Everything that we do here is geared towards preparing you to fulfill this noble role, including our “4-in-1” education model which promotes “discipline-specific, broad-brush, research and internship learning, plus community service and peer education.” Such an approach, obviously, upends the traditional concept of classroom-based teaching and learning.

Long ago, I was an undergraduate just like you. I can say that my extra bonus in knowledge came from satisfying my own curiosity. Classroom learning is necessary but not sufficient for a well-rounded education. Students, therefore, should take advantage of talks by knowledge leaders who visit our campus. A university can never become great without a vibrant learning culture taking root.

Remember, the university is a place of ideas. What separates the average students from  outstanding ones  is an insatiable curiosity and the will to discover. This is what thinking people do. This is how you learn to excel.

With the new campus, this University enters a new era as Macau prepares itself to go global. As its premier university, we, students, staff and faculty all must have a global orientation. In the final analysis, a university is only as good as the students it produces.

I am confident that you are ready to meet this challenge and take advantage of the many opportunities on offer.

Again, welcome to  the University of Macau and a rewarding experience!

Professor Wei Zhao