of the Internet Radio of the Faculty of Education
-Students participate in the
work of the Internet Radio.
On 16 December, the University Internet Radio Station started
its operations. The official launch is anticipated in March next
year. This project was taken on by Faculty of Education (FED)
students. The preparation work commenced last year and it was
ready for trial broadcasting this school term.
The set up of the Station is to arouse public and UM students'
attention to education. In this trial period, the Station has a
diverse broadcast programmes including UM's latest news and activities,
featured interviews and forums for current news issues, entertainment,
fashion, drama, astrological analysis, holiday fun places, and
interesting stories on education issues.
For the students, whose background is not in communications, running
a radio station is a big challenge. They started everything from
scratch: the programme planning, theme selection, material collection,
script writings, recording, editing sound tracks and music, loading
up to the website as well as tedious administrative and financial
work. But in the process, students gained much knowledge outside
their own field of study.
"Before we initiated the project, we could not imagine that
many problems. Problems seemed endlessly to appear in organizing
working meetings, distributing and utilizing resources to operating
equipment." Behind this conclusion, though, all the students
involved took those hardships as the basis for their eventual satisfaction.
In reality, the Station started broadcasting under conditions of
inadequate hardware and software. "Our equipment was poor,
computer knowledge and skills were lacking, and so were the human
and financial resources. We had to solve all those problems by
ourselves, which gave us the opportunity to acquire skills on administrative
planning, leading and responding to situations, handling interpersonal
relations and upgrading our computer knowledge. We became eloquent
as well. "
Their diligent efforts have not gone in vain. They received plenty
of feedback after the broadcast. Many more students initiated participation
in the work of the Station. At the beginning there were only seven
to eight volunteers; now there are over thirty. The enlarged work
team envisions greater development possibilities.
After conclusion of the trial period, programmes for broadcast
will be further enriched to include more news on education, themed
educational and entertaining items, a forum for students and the
public to discuss hot education issues, and a widening of the scope
of featured interviews to include students as interviewees.
Based on the few months' experience of the students, coach Dr Cheang
Ian Pui admired their achievements. "The project has induced
a sense of belonging in the students. It made them work wholeheartedly
in the Station's work which enabled them to release their power
at an unimaginable level. "
However, Dr Cheang pointed out that the work of the Station still
leaves room for much improvement which not only needs the dedicated
efforts of students, but also greater support from the University
in clearing up barriers and creating better conditions for its
development. It is hoped that future students will have the opportunity
to learn and practise in a radio station.
|Students of Communications
Pave Way to Society by Gaining Practical Training on Campus
-Elisabella (left) and Joyce
share their learning experiences.
In response to societal development needs, while
helping to spread knowledge, the curricula at UM have been geared
to nurture practical skills among students, putting classroom
knowledge into real life. As an example of the interaction of
theory and know-how, projects Gateway and UM Bridge by the English
Department were designed as must courses for its students.
Defined by the Communications programme structure, all third year
students in the programme are required to take both the practical
video Production and the Publication courses. This lays the theoretical
foundation for real life practice on campus for students, when
they enter the fourth year in which they are to produce Gateway,
a video production, and UM Bridge, a print publication circulated
within the department. Total practical training takes two semesters
in which students are divided into two groups. Eachgroup is engaged
in one of the two projects for one semester and later swaps project
engagement for another semester. With full-rounded practical experience
in both broadcasting work and print media, students can make an
easier transit from school to the workplace.
Elisabella and Joyce had just completed the work on Gateway and
UM Bridge, respectively. They both felt the two projects had an
active role in strengthening the knowledge of students. They said: "The
whole process of planning, defining of contents, collecting data,
video shooting, script writing, editing, producing layout or voice
over was handled by students. From the process, we comprehended
real difficulties and learned problem solving skills and methods."
Although the work had been divided, during the production process
students would help each other to whole-heartedly carry out the
work. In the Gateway project, the greatest problem was the lack
of equipment; and for the UM Bridge the tight schedule for the
completion of three different versions of an eight-page, A3 sized
"To tell the truth, the lack of experience was a bigger problem
than the tight schedule. But these two projects were good test
of our will and trained our thinking, a wonderful test and psychological
preparation for us working in the real world soon," admitted
Elisabella and Joyce.
Communications work strives for applicability, as Elisabella and
Joyce said, "If there were adequate equipment, students will
be benefited more." UM will continue to improve and provide
the necessary equipment and facilities, and a better learning environment
Team Deluged with Awards in its Debut Year
Debate Competition marks the one year anniversary of the
establishment of the Debate Team.
winning the "Yu-Liang Cup" last March, the
Mandarin debate team won the "Min-Ao Cup", "Hua-Ao
Cup" and "Rong Ao Cup" in competitions with students
from China. The team was only set up a year ago and has shown
great potential among more experienced teams in China. Winning
numerous awards has made it a brilliant star among UM Students'
Team leader Lin Zhensheng and assistant coach Ni Ming believe
that the debate team could achieve such records largely due to
the support and attention from the University's leadership. "Practice
is of course necessary, but practical experience from the battleground
is more important. Competitions not only provide opportunities
for putting in use what we have learned but also enable us to accurately
identify areas needed to be further trained for. Since participating
in competitions off campus takes resources, without the support
from the University administration, the team could not have achieved
such a marked progress within a short time."
In addition, the diligent efforts of the team members are also
the success elements for the team's development. To supplement
their experience, the team practiced at least twice a week except
during final examinations, while at the beginning of the term,
the frequency increased up to five to six nights a week. They learned
debating skills and strengthened their ability to speak extemporaneously.
Focusing on a given debate topic before each competition, members
would extensively collect information and intensify their skill
Students from different faculties or school years, devoting themselves
to both their regular studies and the intensive training required
for debating, work together to complement each other, but it is
team leader Lin Zhensheng who takes the interests of the whole
into account. Lin coordinates a practice schedule to ensure cohesiveness
of the team and provides everyone with opportunities to practice.
Considering the pace and capacity of each member, assistant coach
Ni Ming designs training plans and achieves a cooperative relationship
with the student debaters.
Team members are from China and Macao, who have grown up with different
social and learning backgrounds, ideologies, viewpoints and ways
of thinking. How to bridge the gap? "We do have conflicts
in our opinions. But we take a more objective view in analyzing
issues. With no aggressiveness in mind, we evaluate all ideas to
reach better results. Students from China are keen on art and philosophy
and complement their counterparts from Macao who are more familiar
with local situations. Maximizing the favourable factors, minimizing
the unfavourable ones and complementing each others' weaknesses
build the strength of this team."
Lam Zhensheng and Ni Ming believed that the cooperation between
students and the University administration will be turned into
great power and bring vitality to their team.
English Standards through Competitions
|-Elisa (left) and Alice
is the teaching medium in UM. Therefore to raise the English
level of students has been one of the focuses of UM. Some effectiveness
has been obtained as in the recent Macao English Speech Contest,
four of the final ten participants were from UM.
The four students were Alice Lam Pui Keng and Wu Wing Si of the
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities; Fok Si Wing of the
Faculty of Science and Technology and Elisa Lai Kin Teng of the
Faculty of Education. Alice and Elisa both agreed that the competition
broadened their vision and strengthened their self-confidence
- the purpose for their participation.
From the first round of selection to the final competition, there
was about one month's time. They admitted that those thirty days
were not easy to manage. For good results in the first round,
they wasted no time in collecting materials, writing and memorizing
their own speeches. This enabled them to outpace 30 other contestants
in their group to enter the final round of competition.
From the first round Alice and Elisa understood their own strengths
and weaknesses and found ways to overcome their weaknesses. "I
was too nervous in the first round. My speech was not fluent
and I could not perform to my full capability. For the final,
I decided to focus on my speaking technique. I recited my speech
as I was walking, having a shower or waiting for a bus. After
a while, it became second nature. Even after the contest, I still
recited the speech," confessed Alice. At the same time,
Alice chose a less popular topic for her speech.
"I started my speech with a foreign poem which described
Macao as a place full of conflicts - upholding religion and culture
while sustaining gambling and entertainment businesses. My speech
opposed the poet's views by arguing that outsiders can only conclude
on the culture of a place after much experience. I supported
my views that Macao lies within the confluence of Eastern and
Western cultures." As for Elisa, her focus was on improving
the content of her speech and she thus revised it many times.
Through the image of Macao as a tourism city, she expressed the
feeling of "Macao is My Home". She portrayed Macao
from four aspects: a peaceful land, a melting-pot of Eastern
and Western cultures, the human touch, and the colourful gaming
After this period of intense preparation, the two were ready
for the day of the final competition. Alice and Elisa did not
win any prizes from the competition but the rewarding experiences
were precious. They appreciated the guidance their coaching teachers
gave. "During that period our teachers gave us tremendous
support and showered many suggestions upon us."
Participating in competitions was not to pursue awards but more
a way to discover their own inadequacies for improvement, a medium
for self-examination. Alice hoped to share her experience with
her peers for growth together. Elisa, who is entering the education
field, is ambitious, saying: "I will enrich my teaching
with my experience to help provide better learning opportunities
to the next generation." Alice and Elisa suggested that
their peers should actively take part in such activities on and
off campus for greater development and knowledge.
Students Receive Awards
|-The winners of the honours
and the guests
The 2001/2002 Rector's Honour List and the Best Athletes
award ceremony was held in the Senate room on 4 December. Students
with the best academic achievements from five faculties were
The Rector's Honour List was established to honour students who
achieved excellence in their studies. Every year the student with
the highest total academic score in each faculty is given the award
along with a scholarship and certificate. The ceremony was presided
over by Rector Iu Vai Pan, Vice Rectors Rui Martins and Huang Yajun.
The award winning students were: Fok Si Man (Accounting/Faculty
of Business Administration); Chan Ka Lon (English/Faculty of Education);
Vong Sok Hei (Chinese Law/Faculty of Law), Tong Wai Chan (English
(general)/Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities) and Ian Un
Pui (Software Engineering/Faculty of Science and Technology).
In the same ceremony the Best Athletes award was conferred to students
who excelled in sports and brought honours to UM during the year.
The Lisboa Holdings contributed a scholarship for this award. Rector
Iu Vai Pan presented a token of gratitude to the sponsor's representative
Mr Gou Chong Kit. Vice Rector Rui Martins and Mr Gou presented
the certificate and scholarship to the five best athletes: Cheong
Weng Tong, Ho Wai Chun, Lam Chi Seng, Leong Hiu Fai, and Lam Kuok
Wan. Vice Rector Huang Yajun presented souvenirs to the coaches
who trained the athletes and thanked them for their efforts. Those
who attended the ceremony included heads of all faculties, head
of the Academic Affairs Bureau, teachers and staff members. Students
were encouraged to continue their diligent efforts in the coming
|Major - Faculty
|Accounting - Faculty of Business
||Fok Si Man
|English - Faculty of Education
||Chan Ka Lon
|Chinese Law - Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Social Sciences
||Tong Wai Chan
|Software Engineering - Faculty of Science
|Ian Un Pui
| Cheong Weng Tong
|Ho Wai Chun
|Lam Chi Seng
|Leong Hiu Fai
|Lam Kuok Wan
||Basketball and Handball
of Sub-Clubs of Students' Union Meet with the Rector
On 19 November, in order to strengthen communications and
to exchange ideas with the students, Rector Iu Vai Pan and the
Head of Academic Affairs Bureau Paul Pang met with representatives
of the Students' Union and its sub-clubs.
At the meeting, Rector Iu gave recognition to the work done by
all the sub-clubs. It was anticipated that this meeting would enable
the management and the students to better understand each other.
Representatives of the Union also expressed that, since the number
of students has been increasing, the work-load of the Union has
also rapidly expanded and requires more resources. The Students'
Union hoped that the University would provide more support in areas
such as finance, venues for activities and external communications,
and organize more activities of higher educational exchanges locally
Rector Iu acknowledged the needs raised by the Union and pledged
to try to support its work. For venues for activities, the Union
may consider using more of the University's Cultural Centre. The
problem of the tight office space for sub-clubs should be eased
by the further expansion of UM premises in the near future.
The represented sub-clubs were: Catholic Association, China Mainland
Students' Association, China Studies Society, Chinese Studies'
Club, Christian Fellowship, Debating Club/Debate Team, Drama Society,
English Society, IEE, IEEE, International Film Society, Japanese
Youth Club, Sports Association, Student Hostel Association, Music
Society, and Students Associations of faculties.
Takes a Seat at the XVI World Congress of Accountants in Hong Kong
4-day XVI World Congress of Accountants was opened on 19 November
at the Hong Kong Convention Centre. The theme was Information
Economics and Accountants and the Congress' purpose was to exchange
ideas on local and international issues of common concerns. A
group of UM students accompanied by teachers participated in
The Congress hosted over 5,000 accountants from nearly one hundred
countries. To support the Congress, the accountants' sector in
Macao - including the Accountants Association and the Auditors
and Accountants Association together with UM's group - formed a
delegation to participate. The delegation visited the Chief Executive
of Macao, Mr Ho Hau Wah, and shared with him relevant details of
the Congress before its departure.
Three topical meetings, thirteen group discussions and two China
forums were held at the Congress. Topics included the Role of Auditors,
the Changing Role of Auditors, the Reform of International Accounting
Standards, and the Development of a Global Supervision Standard
under Globalization - all changes faced by the Accounting profession
in the Information Economy.
Team Breaks Four Records
12 and 13 October, the UM swimming team achieved great results
in the 9th Macao University Games, organized by the Macao University
Sports Association. The UM team took with them six championships
in 11 categories: Men's 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley,
4 x 100m men's freestyle relay, 50m women's freestyle, 50m
women's breaststroke and 100m women's breaststroke. Four records
of the Games were broken by the UM team, including: the 50m
and the 100m female breaststroke (36"97 and 1"22"37
respectively) by Cheung Wing Tong, the 50m men's freestyle (26"11)
by Leong Hiu Fai, and the 4 x 100m men's freestyle (4'08"82)
by UM team A.
-(from left) Lam Chi Seng, Lui
Ho Kei and Hui Ho Yin.
Union Hosts Orientation for New Students from China
-2002 Orientation for new students
On 27 September the Student Hostel Association and the China
Mainland Students' Association, sub-clubs of the Students' Union,
organized the 2002 Welcome Night for Students from China. Over
200 students attended.
Vice Rector Huang Yajun, Director of Department of Publicity & Cultural
Affairs of the Liaison Office of the Central Peoples' Government
(PCALOCPG) in the Macao SAR Mr Kong Fanzhuang and President of
the Student Hostel Association Mr Tang Ren delivered their speeches.
They welcomed the new students to join UM's big family, and wished
them a fruitful academic life and happy years while in Macao. The
Night featured singing, dancing and games. Over 200 students in
good spirits enjoyed the evening, which was concluded by the song "Blessing
Other guests attending the party were: the Chief of the General
Management and Organization Dept of the Macao SAR Public Prosecutor's
Office Ho Kam Ming, Depute Division Head of PCALOCPG Dong Jun,
Director of Heng On Groups Leong Shek Ming, Head of the Academic
Affairs Bureau Paul Pang, Chief of the Student Affairs Office Si
Tou Ieng Kit, Executive Officer for Mainland Affairs and Cooperation
of the Rector's Office Wang Qi, President of the UM Students' Union
Sherry Lam, UM Hostel Executive Cheung Kwok Cheong, Lei Iang Mang
and the President of the China Students Association Ma Xiaolan.
Union Celebrates the 3rd Anniversary of Macao's Return to Chinese
-Students celebrate the third
anniversary of the return of the sovereignty of Macao.
-Students perform enthusiastically.
The Students' Union organized the Concert for
the 3rd Anniversary of Macao's Return to Chinese Sovereignty
in the Leal Senado Square on 20 December.
The Cantonese Music Group of the Macao Hac Sa Van District Association,
Chinese Folk Music Association (Macao) and the Zhongshan University
Orchestra were invited to perform Chinese music and orchestral
music to express their joy for the occasion. The programme was
rich and diverse. Though performed under drizzling conditions,
it attracted a large crowd and much applause from the audience.
VIP guests were the Deputy Division Head of Publicity & Cultural
Affairs of the Liaison Office of the Central Peoples' Government
in the Macao SAR Ning Yuetao, Head of the Academic Affairs Bureau
of UM Paul Pang, Chief of the Student Affairs Office Si Tou Ieng
Kit and Vice President of the UM Alumni Association Vong Sio Hong.
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