UM News http://www.umac.mo/ $title en_us hourly 1<![CDATA[Prof. Yonghua Song to be the next Rector of The University of Macau]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43653http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43653The recruitment for the next Rector of the University of Macau (UM) began in March 2017. Thereafter, a number of consultation forums were held to collect the views of alumni, staff and students, as well as members of the University Council, on the requirements, expectations, and factors for consideration of the next Rector. Through a global search and rigorous deliberations, the University Council ultimately voted unanimously to recommend to the Chief Executive that Prof. Yonghua Song be the only candidate for the next Rector of the University of Macau. Dr. Chui Sai On, Chief Executive of the Macao SAR has accepted the University Council’s recommendation to appoint Prof. Yonghua Song as the ninth Rector of UM, who will assume office on January 9, 2018.

Prof. Song has held a number of leadership positions at British and Chinese universities and has been actively promoting internationalization and institutional cooperation. As such, he is particularly familiar with the development and operational models of higher education institutions in Europe, the United States and Asia. In addition, Prof. Song has rich experience in higher education management at a senior level. With a broad international perspective and an extensive domestic and global network, he is enthusiastic about the cause of higher education. Therefore, the University Council decided that Prof. Song is the most suitable candidate to lead UM in its next stage of development.

Prof. Song is a world-renowned scholar in electrical engineering. He received his Ph.D. from the China Electric Power Research Institute. Due to his outstanding knowledge in his field and contributions to power system research, he was awarded D.Sc. by Brunel University in 2002 and an Honorary D.Eng. by Bath University in 2014. 

 FFFrom 1991 to 1996, Prof. Song held various teaching and research positions at U.K. universities. In 1997, he was appointed Professor of Power Systems at Brunel University and later as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies at Brunel University in 2004. The latter appointment made him the first Chinese scholar assuming a senior management position at a British university. In the same year, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2007, he took up a Pro-Vice Chancellorship and Professorship of Electrical Engineering at the University of Liverpool, holding concurrently the position of Executive President at Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.

Prof. Song was invited to return to China as Professor of Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University in 2009 and was appointed Assistant President in the same year. Currently, he is the Executive Vice President of Zhejiang University, as well as Founding Dean of the International Campus and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Higher Education of the University. His main duties are development planning, internationalization of the University and recruitment of top talents.

Prof. Song has long been engaged in electrical power system research. His research, in areas such as energy, information and control engineering, has enhanced the development of the electric power industry. Due to his outstanding scientific achievements and professional stature, he has been an appointed advisor to the Science and Technology Committee of the Macao SAR Government since 2002.

The University Council is confident that with the joint effort of the management team led by Prof. Yonghua Song and all faculty, students, and alumni, UM will scale new heights in all-rounded development towards the goal of the University in becoming an internationally recognized outstanding institution of higher learning.

The University Council also expressed again its appreciation for Prof. Wei Zhao’s contribution to the University during his rectorship.


Source: University Council Office

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<![CDATA[UM scholars publish first book on legal cooperation of BRICS countries]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43646http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43646The BRICS-Lawyers' Guide to Global Cooperation, a book co-edited by three faculty members from the University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Law, namely full professor Rostam J Neuwirth, assistant professor Alexandr Svetlicinii, and senior instructor Denis de Castro Halis, was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2017, following the Ninth BRICS Summit, which was held in Xiamen, China, from 3 September to 5 September 2017.

The book contains 16 chapters written by international experts on a broad range of aspects of legal cooperation of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), including trade, investment, competition, intellectual property, energy, consumer protection, financial services, space exploration, and legal education. It is a valuable reference book for academics, government officials, legal practitioners, business executives, researchers, and students.

The publication promotes legal cooperation among BRICS countries in the following two ways. First, it provides a comparative analysis of the national legal regimes in the BRICS countries (such as trade, investment, competition, consumer protection, and dispute resolution), which can be used as reference by scholars and practitioners alike. Second, book contributors elaborate on the future directions of BRICS countries’ cooperation in certain areas (such as development assistance, intellectual property, energy, financial services, culture, and legal education). The book can serve both as a textbook for law students and as a reference book for scholars and policy makers.

The annual BRICS Summit is a high-level meeting of political leaders of BRICS countries. In 2017, the BRICS Summit was hosted by China in the coastal city of Xiamen, Fujian province, and was attended by Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping (host), and South African President Jacob Zuma. The BRICS leaders discussed various aspects of international cooperation and at the conclusion of the summit issued Xiamen Declaration, which specifies the consensus reached on various issues. For example, BRICS leaders reiterated their support for BRICS University League and BRICS Network University in collaborating in education and research, and welcomed efforts to promote cooperation among educational think tanks, as well as exchanges among youth, by, among other means, organising youth summer camps and offering more scholarship opportunities to BRICS students.



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<![CDATA[UM wins two consecutive championships at local inter-varsity Cantonese debating competition]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43624http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43624The University of Macau (UM) Cantonese Debating Team recently won the championship of a local inter-varsity debating competition. This is the second consecutive year that the team has won the championship at this competition. A student from the Faculty of Law, who is also a member of Siu Pong College, received the Best Debater Award. This year’s event attracted debating teams from UM, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macau University of Science and Technology, the City University of Macau, Macau Security Forces Training College, and Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau.


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<![CDATA[UM ranked among the top globally in TCM and natural medicine research]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43612http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43612The Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences (ICMS) and State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine at the University of Macau (UM) have once again been recognised by international authoritative institutes. Dr Xiao Jianbo, an assistant professor from the ICMS, has made the list of Highly Cited Researchers (HCRs) published by Clarivate Analytics for two consecutive years. Dr Xiao is the only scholar from Macao in the field of biomedical sciences to have been included on the list of 2016 and 2017 Clarivate Analytics HCRs. In addition, UM has been included in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database for ranking among the top 1 per cent in terms of the citation frequency of published papers in the field of pharmacology and toxicology, which shows international recognition of UM’s research capacity in the fields of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and natural medicine.

According to Clarivate Analytics, 230 scholars from 18 disciplines affiliated with universities in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao have entered the list of HCRs 2017. Dr Xiao’s inclusion on the list for two consecutive years shows international recognition of his significant and continuous contributions to the field. Only highly cited papers published in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection (Essential Science Indicators, also known as ESI) between 2005 and 2015 were surveyed for the 2017 list. A total of 134,832 papers have been defined as ‘Highly Cited Papers’ as they rank among the top 1 per cent by citations in their fields and year of publication in the Web of Science. 3,542 inclusions were made on the 2017 list. 282 of them are scholars with Chinese institutions as their primary affiliation (32 from Hong Kong, 18 from Taiwan, and 3 from Macao). The number of HCRs is an important factor that can influence a university’s international rankings.

In addition, UM has been included in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database for ranking among the top 1 per cent in terms of the citation frequency of published papers in the field of pharmacology and toxicology, which shows international recognition of UM’s research capacity in the fields of Chinese medicine and natural medicine. The ESI Highly Cited Papers list currently contains 24 papers published by researchers from UM’s ICMS. Dr Xiao has published nearly 80 research papers in SCI-indexed journals as the first author or corresponding author. Among these research papers, more than 20 in the fields of nutritional science and Chinese medical sciences have been listed as ESI Highly Cited Papers.


Source: Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences

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<![CDATA[UM scholar wins second prize at International Conference on Practical Writing in Chinese.]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43615http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43615Tam Mei Leng, an associate professor from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau (UM), recently received a second prize for her paper at the 12th academic conference of an international society for practical writing in Chinese. Prof Tang Keng Pan from the department officiated at a keynote speech session and the closing ceremony. During the conference, Tam, Tang, as well as two UM students presented their papers.

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<![CDATA[Interview with Celebrity: My Key to Success - UM Honorary Doctor He Jingtang]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43631http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43631<![CDATA[Interview with Celebrity: My Key to Success - UM Honorary Doctor Binglin Zhong]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43632http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43632<![CDATA[Interview with Celebrity: My Key to Success - UM Honorary Doctor Henry T. Yang]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43633http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43633<![CDATA[UM Honorary Doctor Henry T. Yang gives Doctor honoris causa Lecture on how top universities nurture professionals]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43602http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43602The University of Macau (UM) yesterday (12 November) held a Doctor honoris causa Lecture titled ‘Cultivating Talent at a World-Class Research University UC Santa Barbara: A Modest Example’. The keynote speaker, Professor Henry T. Yang, is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from UM, a world-renowned expert in structural engineering, and the current chancellor of the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). During the talk, Yang discussed how world-class higher education institutions and research institutes discover talented people and nurture outstanding professionals. The event attracted many UM faculty members and students.

Professor Yang is one of the great educationists in higher education of the United States. He is regarded as being in the same league as Charles Eliot, the president of Harvard University from 1869 to 1909 who famously turned it into a top university as we know it today. During the talk, Professor Yang discussed the roles of higher education institutions and research institutes in nurturing talented people and shared the keys to his success at UCSB. Under his leadership as the chancellor of UCSB, six faculty members won the Nobel Prize. Professor Yang believes that if one works hard, he will eventually be rewarded. In addition, he pointed out that as a research-focused comprehensive university, UM has the potential to produce outstanding professionals and researchers. He suggested that UM should learn from UCSB in order to increase its teaching quality, research capacity, and student quality.

An expert in aerospace engineering, Professor Yang has been serving as the chancellor of UCSB since 1994. He is also a member of the National Academic of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the former dean of Purdue University’s College of Engineering. He has made significant contributions to the analysis of finite elements and earthquake structural engineering, which have had far-reaching impact in the fields. Professor Yang has also received many awards in recognition of his contributions to education and social services.


Source: Honours College

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<![CDATA[UM wins top two prizes at Macao-wide English Speech Contest]]> http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43603http://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/txt/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/43603Three members of the University of Macau (UM) English Public Speaking Team recently won five prizes in the university category at the 16th Macao-wide English Speech Contest and the 23rd ‘21st century Cup’ National English Speaking Competition Macao Regional Contest. Lau Kak Chi, a first-year student from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and a member of Shiu Pong College, won the championship and the Best Impromptu Speaker Award. Wong Weng Lam, a fourth-year student from the Faculty of Education, who is also a member of the Honours College and the Stanley Ho East Asia College, won the second prize and the Best Manner Award. Liang Xiaojing, a second-year student from the Faculty of Social Sciences and a member of Shiu Pong College, won a merit award.


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