Prof Yonghua Song, a world-renowned scholar in electrical
engineering, today (9 January) assumed office as the rector of the University
of Macau (UM). He expressed his hope to familiarise himself with the new job as
soon as possible, increase interactions with the local community, and carry out
On his first day as UM’s rector, Prof Song met with members of the
management team of the university to learn more about the university’s
operation. In his email to UM’s faculty and staff members, students, and
alumni, he expressed hope to meet with more members of the university in the
next few months and to increase communication and interactions with the local
community in order to hear their expectations for UM’s future development. ‘With
the solid foundation laid for the university, we will continue to do our job
well through collective efforts and we look forward to more innovation, new
opportunities and greater accomplishments,’ he said.
Prof Song has held various leadership positions at British and
Chinese universities. He has rich experience in higher education management at
a senior level and in promoting the internationalisation of universities and
institutional cooperation. He is particularly familiar with the development and
operational models of higher education institutions in Europe, the United
States, and Asia.
From 1991 to 1996, Prof Song held various
teaching and research positions at universities in the United Kingdom. In 1997,
he was appointed a professor of power systems at Brunel University, and later in
2004, as pro-vice-chancellor for graduate studies at the university. The latter
appointment made him the first Chinese scholar to assume a senior management
position at a British university. In the same year, he was elected fellow of
the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2007, he became the pro-vice chancellor and
a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Liverpool, holding
concurrently the position of executive president at Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool
University in Suzhou, China.
In 2009, Prof Song was invited to return to
China to serve as a professor of electrical engineering at Tsinghua University.
He was appointed assistant president of Tsinghua University in the same year.
In November 2012, he became the executive vice president of Zhejiang
University, the founding dean of the International Campus, and a professor of electrical
engineering and higher education of Zhejiang University. His main duties included
development planning, internationalisation of the university, and recruitment
of talented people.
Prof Song has long been
engaged in electrical power system research. His research, in such areas as
energy, information, and control engineering, has enhanced the development of
the electric power industry. Because of 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.
Source: Communications Office
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