Hailing the Homecoming
of Macao Bred Distinguished Scholars
Three distinguished Macao born or bred scholars, Prof Chung Laung
Liu, Prof Yum-Tong Siu and Prof Alfred Wong were the focus at the
Homecoming - Public Talk by Three Macao-Raised World-Class Scholars
held at UM on 23 November. They have achieved world-class status
in their respective fields. In the Talk, they shared with the public
and especially the youths, their struggles and experiences in the
process of growing up and reaching great heights in the scientific
Rector Iu Vai Pan remarked that the achievements of these three
professors proved that students from Macao are totally capable
of climbing great heights in the world's scientific arena and of
acquiring academic achievements. As the higher education institution
in Macao, UM strives to raise the quality in education and research
and produce world-class talents.
The three scholars graduated from high schools in Macao. On this
special trip back home, they shared their accomplishments in Computer
Science, Physics and Mathematics. Each spoke on their own field
and their learning experiences overseas, respectively titled as
Puzzles of Mathematics and Not So Puzzled Mathematics; Education
and I - the Spiritual Path from Macao to America and Technology,
Health and Environment.
concepts were explained in simple terms and their views were
skillfully integrated in their speeches. The Chairman of the
University Council Dr Tse Chi Wai presided over the Talk which
attracted over 600 enthusiastic audiences. Before the Talk,
the three guest speakers also addressed UM staff and students
as well as high school students from the scholars' alma maters
by presenting a workshop entitled High Technology and Higher
-¡]from the left) Prof Yum-Tong
Siu, Prof Chung Laung Liu, Chairman of the University Council
Dr Tse Chi Wai, Rector Iu Wai Pan, Prof Alfred Wong and Prof
Vong Sai Weng.
- The Talk received great enthusiasm
and the hall was full
to the Development of Research on Chinese Medicine
|-Guests and speakers together
On 25 November, UM and Beijing University
(BU) co-sponsored a Conference on the Development of Chinese
Medicine. A dozen experts and academic researchers from China,
Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and the US explored the future development
of Chinese herbal medicinal technology and industry prospects.
Rector Iu Vai Pan in his address indicated that UM will dedicate
its efforts to related research and education.
The Conference was held in the UM International Library. Rector
Iu Vai Pan congratulated the opening of the Conference while Vice
Rector of BU Iu Zhaofung concluded it with a speech. Rector Iu
noted that this was the first joint conference by UM and BU for
promoting the development and technology of Chinese herbal medicine.
Through interaction, experts and scholars can explore directions
for such development and models for training talents in the field,
exchange views and forge further collaboration. All of these benefit
education and academic advancement on the subject.
Rector Iu recognized that UM is at its infancy in the field of
Chinese herbal medicinal technology and education. UM would offer
a Master degree on Medicinal Administration or on Chinese Medicinal
Science. A modern laboratory for evaluating, as its prime task,
the quality of Chinese herbal medicine is underway. He indicated
that the development of medicinal administration and the internationalization
of education on Chinese herbal medicine are both important subjects,
therefore any suggestions and guidance from the conference goers
would be much sought after and welcomed. He hoped for more exchange
and collaboration in promoting Chinese medicine studies.
Prof Wang Yitao, who is coordinating the UM's Master Programme
, expressed that Macao possesses excellent political, geographical
and cultural advantages for the development of Chinese herbal medicine
industry. Along with the active support of the Macao SAR government,
we shall make use of resources from China and our own advantages
to build multi platforms for Chinese herbal medicinal education,
technology and trade. Further on, in line with international cooperation
in quality standardization, we can expand international markets.
For the Master programme at UM, eighteen students have been recruited
from BU and Nanjing University. Over 40 research projects on authentic
Chinese medicinal materials have been initiated.
There were 11 specialists from America and the four Chinese territories
on both sides of the Taiwan Strait who discussed or presented papers
on subjects including the role of Macao in the internationalization
of Chinese medicine and herbal materials, the progress of research
and development of new medicines in America, modern biological
technology and the Chinese herbal medicinal technology industry,
the present condition and development trends of the Chinese herbal
medicine industry in Taiwan, the international medicine market
and the future of the Chinese herbal medicine industry, an introduction
on Chinese herbal medicinal technology and development trends in
Hong Kong, quality control on Chinese medicine and development
of the trade, policies for the registration and management of new
medicines in China, and management and GMP of medicine in America.
16th National Conference on Hydrodynamics
|-Guests and speakers
On 18 November the inauguration of the 16th National Conference
on Hydrodynamics was held in Zhuhai and continued the next day
in the S.T.D.M. Auditorium in UM International Library. Around
100 academics and researchers from over 30 universities and science
research institutes in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao attended
the Conference and presented papers. The number of participants
was recorded as the highest ever for the Conference.
Among all the papers presented, the one on Surface Movement of
Water Running Down Stream by the Associate Dean of the Faculty
of Science and Technology at UM, Associate Prof Mok Kai Meng, and
the one on the Creation of Experimental Facilities by Prof Mok
and his student, along with Prof Harry Yeh of University of Washington
both received much praise, and were published in the Conference
Proceedings. Participants offered recognition to the recent development
and academic achievements of UM. Topics discussed in the Conference
included fundamental hydrodynamics, computational fluid mechanics,
hydrodynamics for marine and ocean engineering, hydropower and
river mechanics, coastal, environmental and geophysical fluid mechanics,
industrial fluid mechanics, and recent developments in instrumentation
and monitoring technology.
Technology Week 2002
-UM representative presents scientific
research results to the Chief Executive of Macao SAR
Mr Ho Hau Wah (left).
From 4 to 6 October, the University together with Macao SAR
government and nine other organizations staged the Information
Technology Week 2002. Rector Iu Vai Pan was invited to host the
opening ceremony with other VIPs.
The Week was the largest IT exhibition and seminar ever held in
Macao. This year, it was composed of three activities: a Series
of Exhibitions on IT Education in Schools, the IT Annual Conference,
and IT Fair. The latest information technology and its development
were showcased through exhibition booths, information stands, theme
talks and seminars, with the purpose of raising awareness and advancing
knowledge on information technology among people in Macao.
In the exhibition booth of the University, the works of students'
scientific research in the IT field were demonstrated. Various
activities attracted big crowds.
Local Creative Technology
|-Guests and speakers together
UM and the Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology
of Macao sponsored the Symposium on Technological Innovation
in Macau 2002 held in UM on 14 November. The Symposium was to
introduce and collect locally produced technology and inventions,
and to arouse the attention of the public and to seek their support.
Twenty two participants presented papers on their inventions.
Rector Iu Vai Pan stated that if Macao wants to develop its own
technology, the training of human resources is very important.
During these years, the Faculty of Science and Technology of UM
has supplied Macao with groups of engineers and has come a long
way from providing merely Bachelor degree programmes to offering
Master and Doctoral ones. This has greatly enhanced the academic
level of students. He believed that through education and training
of post-graduate students, UM has promoted the development of creative
and original technology in Macao.
He said that UM has always supported research work on technology.
In the last ten years, research projects have multiplied many times,
from 16 projects funded by MOP280,000 in 1993 to 81 projects in
2002. The Research Committee at UM has allocated over
MOP6 million to support and encourage research work, of which 78%
was used for research in the science and technology area.
The Symposium helps push forward the development of technology
and encourages the young generation to participate. The morning
opening session began with the keynote speech Recall the Past and
Look into the Future of the Development of Science and Technology
by the Director of the China Science and Technology Forum, Prof
Wang Yusheng. In the afternoon session, 22 papers were presented
by Macao participants with topics such as engineering science,
computer software, new technology and inventions. All selected
papers will be compiled for publication.
on Macao Economic Development and System Reform
-Topic presentations by scholars
from China,Taiwan and Macao.
13 December, the Macao Research Centre of UM held a seminar on
Macao Economic Development and System Reform. Scholars and experts
from China, Hong Kong and Macao were invited to share their views,
to explore the future trends of development, and to provide strategic
thoughts and suggestions for maintaining economic stability and
system reform in Macao.
Rector Iu Vai Pan said that since the handover of Macao's sovereignty
to China the economy of Macao has been in a process of recovery.
Through the collective efforts of different sectors, Macao's
economy has stepped out of its lowest point. After the materialization
of numerous public works and plans, he believed that economy
should gradually revive.
Prof Ieong Wan Chong, Senior Consultant to the Rector, was the
coordinator of the seminar. He indicated that there were in-depth
discussions and exchanges among participants which generated
many constructive new views and concepts. They were conducive
to the further revival of Macao's economy and to fostering another
cycle of new development.
This seminar also explored how Macao keeps abreast of future
economic developments and makes good use of its human resources
in coordinating with new economic growth.
out for the Revision of UM Charter
The UM Charter Revision Task Force, set up to
raise the autonomy and flexibility of the University, started
its campus-wide consultation sessions on the task force's Suggestions
on Governance Structure of UM from early November to mid December.
Dr Tse Chi Wai, Chairman of the UM Charter Revision Task Force,
headed the sessions and collected ideas.
Since the Revision concerns all members of the UM community, in
order to gather as many opinions as possible, Dr Tse has held meetings
with members of the University Council, University Management Board,
Senate members, deans and academic units heads, heads of administrative
departments, representatives of the Students' Union and alumni
associations, as well as all staff and students.
Dr Tse introduced the proposed Revision at all meetings and the
hope of gaining more academic freedom and a high level of autonomy
for UM. A number of meeting goers shared their views on campus
development plans, course development and structure, and ways of
increasing enrollments and raising the quality of students. Their
enthusiastic participation generated fruitful results.
on the Establishment andConcept of the International Criminal Court
On 25 October, the Faculty of Law (FLL) and the
Associa?o da Justica e da Procuradoria de Macau organized the
seminar on the Establishment and Concept of the International
Criminal Court and on Combating Organized Inter-Country Crimes.
The keynote speakers were Dr Albin Eser and Dr Hansjoerg Albrecht
of the Max-Planck Institute of Foreign and International Penal
Law in Germany. Prosecutor Chan Tat Fu of the Public Prosecution
Office of the Macao SAR and Associate Dean of FLL Prof Liu Gaolong
chaired the seminar. Judges, prosecutors and students of FLL
attended the seminar.
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