�?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> UM News http://www.qqg66.com/ $title en_us hourly 1<![CDATA[]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991912https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991912<![CDATA[]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991911https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991911<![CDATA[]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991910https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/99991910<![CDATA[São Tomé and Príncipe health minister, Angola state secretary for public health visit UM]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/49019https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/49019A delegation led by Edgar Neves, minister of health of São Tomé and Príncipe, and José Manuel Vieira Dias da Cunha, state secretary for public health of Angola, recently visited the University of Macau (UM). The delegation was warmly received by UM Rector Yonghua Song, Vice Rector (Global Affairs) Rui Martins, and Global Affairs Office Interim Director Kevin Zhen.

During the meeting, both parties agreed to continue to strengthen collaboration between universities in China and Portuguese-speaking countries, and to create a training base for bilingual language professionals.

Rector Song told the guests about UM’s latest developments and its leading position in the world in the fields of Chinese medical sciences and health sciences. According to Rector Song, as Asia’s largest training base for Portuguese language professionals, UM is dedicated to producing outstanding professionals for China and beyond. The university also serves as an important platform for collaborations between China and Portuguese-speaking countries and actively supports the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. During the visit, members of the delegation visited UM’s State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine (QRCM Lab).


Source: Global Affairs Office

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<![CDATA[UM scholars U Seng Pan and Mak Pui In receive commemorative medals for PRC’s anniversary]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/49017https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/49017Prof U Seng Pan, deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI (AMS-VLSI Lab) of the University of Macau (UM), and Prof Mak Pui In, associate director (research) of the lab, recently each received a commemorative medal for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the development of science and technology in Macao. The medals were jointly awarded by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the State Council, and the Central Military Commission of the CPC.

As an important part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the PRC, the commemorative medals are awarded to individuals who have won national honours and those who have otherwise made significant contributions to society. In 2016, Prof U became the first scholar from Macao to be appointed a member of the Ministry of Education’s Science and Technology Commission. In 2018, Prof Mak was appointed to the overseas expert panel of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof U and Prof Mak were the first and the second recipients of the second prize of the 2011 State Scientific and Technological Progress Award, respectively. They are both internationally recognised experts in integrated circuits. 

Prof U received his master’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering with highest honours from UM in 1997, and a joint PhD degree with highest honours from UM and the Higher Technical Institute (Instituto Superior Tecnico) of the Technical University of Lisbon, in 2002. He was the first from Macao to receive the Prize for Scientific and Technological Innovation from the Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation. He was awarded the prestigious title of ‘Scientific Chinese of the Year�in 2012. Over a span of just four years, he received eight awards at the annual Macao Science and Technology Awards. He was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his cutting-edge design of analog integrated circuits and his outstanding interdisciplinary contributions. Prof U serves on the Technical Programme Committee of the IEEE International Solid State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) and a representative of the China region (2015-2019). He was also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (2014-2015). He is the president of the Organising Committee of the A-SSCC (2019).

Prof Mak has published over 300 papers, 20 of which have been presented at the IEEE ISSCC. He was elected a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) of the United Kingdom and the IEEE, for his outstanding contributions to engineering research, education, and service. Prof Mak was born and raised in Macao. He obtained his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from UM, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He has since been a faculty member at UM. Prof Mak is currently the chairman of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s (CASS) Distinguished Lecturer Programme.



Source: Communications Office

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<![CDATA[UM holds cultural and arts festival to showcase students�talents]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/49009https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/49009The University of Macau (UM) recently kicked off the UM Cultural and Arts Festival to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of the Macao SAR. The three-month festival will include various performance by students, including concerts, magic shows, dance and theatre performances.

According to UM Dean of Students Paul Pang, the university aligns itself with the government’s strategy to develop Macao through education and is dedicated to helping students nurture their talents and abilities through extracurricular activities, adding that this festival provides a platform for UM students to showcase their talents.

Various activities will be held between September and December as part of the festival, including the classic Chinese play Butterfly Lovers: Endless Regrets; concerts by the UM Symphonic Band, the UM String Orchestra, the UM Chinese Orchestra, and the UM Choir; a magic show by the UMSU Magic Society; and a performance titled ‘Twins�by the UM Dance Troupe.


Source: Student Affairs Office

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<![CDATA[Over 100 experts from around the globe discuss latest stem cell technologies at UM]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/49008https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/49008The University of Macau (UM) today (27 September) held the Second Macau Stem Cell Symposium. The event attracted more than 100 experts and scholars from around the world, including the United States, Singapore, mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao. During the event, participants had in-depth discussions on the latest developments in stem cell research. According to Prof Wei Ge, vice rector (research) of UM, stem cell research holds tremendous promise for medical treatment and is one of the key research areas at UM. This symposium is expected to boost the development of stem cell research in Macao.

According to Prof Ge, as a leading comprehensive university in the west of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), UM plays a vital role in the GBA’s development and serves as a centre for technological innovation and talent development. With the participation of Chinese and overseas experts, the symposium is expected to provide a boost to stem cell research in Macao. According to Prof Chuxia Deng, dean of UM’s Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), in recent years, the FHS has stepped up efforts in research innovation and commercialisation of research results, with a significant increase in the quantity and quality of research publications.  

At the symposium, well-known scholars from around the world shared the latest developments in stem cell research and cutting-edge technologies in the field. Ji Weizhi, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and dean of the Institute of Primate Translational Medicine at Kunming University of Science and Technology, gave a talk titled ‘Dissecting the Global Dynamics of Monkey and Human Embryogenesis and Germ Cell Formation� Jing Naihe, a researcher from the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology of the CAS, gave a talk titled ‘Molecular Architecture of Lineage Specification and Tissue Organisation in Post-implantation Mouse Embryo� Wang Yong, a professor from Pennsylvania State University, gave a talk titled ‘Biomimetic Niche for Stem Cell Delivery Using Aptamer Functionalized Hydrogel� FHS Associate Dean (Research) Renhe Xu, Assistant Dean Chen Guokai, and Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences (ICMS) Associate Professor Wang Chunming each gave a speech on their research results.

The symposium was organised by the FHS, with assistance from the ICMS and the State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicines and the Macau University of Science and Technology. The event included 11 themed talks on various topics, including embryonic development and tissue production, translational medicine, mechanistic study of stem cell development and translational application of the discoveries, and biomaterials and applications. FHS Dean Renhe Xu said that the symposium provided a platform for stem cell experts from the GBA and other regions to exchange ideas and explore collaboration opportunities, adding that the event also provided a valuable learning opportunity for students.


Source: Faculty of Health Sciences

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<![CDATA[International Students�First Good Friends at UM]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48999https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48999UM students come from approximately 50 countries and regions. In this issue, we interview four students, from South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia, respectively. They share with us how they met their first good friends at UM.

Miriam Akioma (Brazil & Japan)

Miriam Akioma, a PhD student in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), is a Brazil-born Japanese. Her friends call her Mika. Four years ago, she enrolled in a master’s degree programme in applied linguistics, offered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UM. After graduation, she went on to study in a PhD programme in the same field. Several months ago, she applied to transfer to FHS to study brain and cognitive sciences. Reinventing herself as a science major was not easy. Fortunately, she had the support of her professors and her friends such as Jerry Chen, who is from Fujian province and is now a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

On the day of our interview, Mika and Jerry were practicing volleyball in the Sports Complex. About three years ago, they met each other through some mutual friends. Later, they started playing volleyball together and gradually became best friends. They are both on the Postgraduate Volleyball Team, so they spend a lot of time together, having dinner, playing volleyball, or going to Zhuhai or Hac Sa Beach.

They remember fondly how they used to spend every night by the river in front of the Postgraduate House with another friend, drinking and chatting, often about their research projects. ‘We have different majors, but we can give each other advice, which helps improve our research,�says Mika. ‘For example, when I experienced a setback in my research, they would give me advice, asking me to use a different method or do a better literature review.�/div>

In December last year, Mika applied for admission to FHS to study a branch of neuroscience that is related to linguistics. With the support of Jerry and her other friends, she made thorough preparation. She improved her research proposal presentation based on Jerry’s suggestions and rehearsed with him before her formal interview with the committee members of the FHS. ‘Their support gave me the confdence to approach my current supervisor, Prof Yuan Zhen, and eventually I was able to deepen my studies on neuroimaging related to the bilingual brain,�she says.

Stefano Murace (Italy)

Stefano Murace is an exchange student from Rome, Italy. He came to UM in mid-August, and will study here for one semester. In Rome, he was a master’s student at the Free International University of Social Studies (LUISS) Guido Carli, majoring in international relations. Soon after he came to UM, Stefano met George Lin through the PG Buddy Programme. George is a master’s student from Shenzhen, China, who majors in international relations and public policies.

Stefano was pleasantly surprised when he learned that George also majors in international relations, because he always wanted to learn more about politics and culture in mainland China and Macao. He had never been to Asia before he came to Macao. But when writing his undergraduate thesis in Rome, he learned of former Portuguese colonies in Asia, such as Goa and Macao. It happened that some of his friends who had studied at UM highly recommended this university to him, so he decided to give it a try, hoping to see a different China through the unique lens of Macao.

Stefano and George often dine together and like to hang out with their international friends. George teaches Stefano simple phrases in Mandarin and Cantonese, such as ‘Hello�and ‘Thanks�

Samuel Oliveira (Cape Verde)

Samuel Oliveira is from Santa Catarina, Cape Verde, and is a second-year student in the Department of English and a member of Choi Kai Yau College (CKYC). He says Portuguese or Brazilian universities are usually the frst choice for students in Cape Verde who want to study abroad, but he chose UM because he wanted to experience a completely different culture. Soon after his arrival, he met his current roommate, Fang Xiyao, who is from Heilongjiang province, China, and studies in the Faculty of Business Administration.

Samuel plays guitar in his room during his spare time, which his roommate enjoys very much. During the past Lunar Chinese New Year, they visited wet markets on the Macao Peninsula to experience traditional Chinese culture. Speaking of their common interests, Samuel says, ‘I love football, and I’m a member of both UM’s football team and the football team in my residential college. Xiyao likes video games. We both like the excitement of games, and that’s what we have in common.�/div>

Sherleen Tan (Malaysia)

Sherleen Tan is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is a frst-year student in the Department of Accounting and Information Management and a member of the CKYC.

She met her new friend, Hua Ying, through an orientation activity. Ying is from Heilongjiang province and majors in business administration. Sherleen says, ‘My frst impression of Ying was “active� and I was correct. She is indeed an active person. She participates in a lot of activities.�/div>

Both in the same faculty and enrolled in the same course, they often go to class together. ‘We added each other on WeChat, and then we started chatting,�says Sherleen. ‘I would tell her about the activities I take part in. For instance, the frst time I joined the cheerleading team, I was a bit nervous, so I told her about it.�Sherleen says Ying also shares with her the lives of her friends in mainland universities, which deepened her understanding of China.


Source: My UM ISSUE 91
]]><![CDATA[New book on Macanese history launched at UM]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48997https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48997The University of Macau (UM) Centre for Macau Studies (CMS) today (26 September) held a launch for the Chinese version of a new book titled ‘The Macau Portuguese - Courage, Endurance and Adaptation� A collaborative project between the CMS and the International Institute of Macau, the book aims to shed some light on the history and the unique culture of Macanese people in Macao.

Initiated by Rui Martins, vice rector (global affairs) of UM, the book took two years to complete. It was written by António M Jorge da Silva, who is himself a Macanese, translated into Chinese by UM alumnus Davis Ip, and published by Chung Hwa Book Co (Hong Kong). During the book launch, the author presented the book to the libraries of UM, the Macau University of Science and Technology, the City University of Macau, and the Institute for Tourism Studies. He also shared his experiences of writing the book and presented precious historical documents and hand-drawn maps and paintings about the old Macao.


Source:  Centre for Macau Studies 

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<![CDATA[UM scholar publishes new book on Anita Mui and Hong Kong’s popular culture]]> https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48996https://webcontent.co.umac.mo/umac_wp/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48996Lei Chin Pang, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau (UM), recently published a new book titled ‘Dream and the City: Anita Mui and Hong Kong Popular Culture�

Pop stars are usually regarded as entertainers who are not worthy of serious discussion. However, star studies, as a popular area in media and cultural studies, has a history of several decades in international academia. In this new book, Dr Lei analyses the late Hong Kong superstar Anita Mui Yim-Fong’s songs, images, stage performances, media coverage as well as the stories of her fans, and explores the relationship among pop stars, society, economy and culture. The book is endorsed and recommended by numerous scholars, including Prof Lui Tai Lok, vice president of the Education University of Hong Kong; Prof Chu Yiu Wai, director of the programme in Hong Kong studies at the University of Hong Kong (HKU); and Prof Ng Chun Hung, an honorary associate professor in the Department of Sociology at HKU.    

Dr Lei was born and raised in Macao. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chengchi University in Taiwan and a PhD degree in media and cultural studies from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. He has published various books on popular culture and urban culture, including Invisible Macau: The Ignored City and Culture.


Source: Faculty of Social Sciences

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