MACAU, May 28 – The University of Macau (UM) today (May 28) held Congregation 2022. Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Ao Ieong U, representing the Director General and Chancellor of UM during of this year’s ceremony, said the university has made great strides in many areas, such as developing outstanding patriotic talents for Macao, accelerating research innovation and industry-university collaboration , as well as the establishment of joint training programs and research platforms with mainland institutions, adding that the academic reputation and international reputation of the university have been even higher.
Secretary Ao Ieong presided over the ceremony along with UM University Council Chairman Lam Kam Seng, UM Rector Yonghua Song and Vice Rectors Michael Hui, Rui Martins, Ge Wei, Mok Kai Meng and Xu Jian. Representatives of the University Assembly, University Council, and Senate, as well as government officials, prominent members of the community, UM faculty and staff, and student representatives have also attended the ceremony. Companions of graduates attending the ceremony watched the live broadcast of the event at four locations on campus, while graduates and their families and friends who were unable to attend the ceremony in person participated in the online event.
In her speech, Secretary Ao Ieong said, “As Macao’s public university, UM has always aligned itself with major national development strategies and fully supported the government’s vision and policy directions. RAS. The university has made great strides in many areas, such as developing outstanding patriotic talents for Macau, accelerating research innovation and industry-university-research collaboration, and establishing programs joint training and research platforms with mainland China. As a result, its academic status and international reputation have further increased. In 2021, which marked UM’s 40th anniversarye anniversary, the university formulated its own five-year plan in accordance with the second five-year plan of the SAR government. The plan should serve as a framework and model for the university over the next five years. We expect UM to translate the plan into specific and practical actions, and to continue to strengthen its philosophy and educational characteristics. We hope that UM will seize the opportunities arising from the Guangdong-Macao Deep Cooperation Zone in Hengqin and participate in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, improving the quality of talent training and industry collaboration. -university-research. through regional cooperation.
In his speech, Rector Song said, “As an administrator of the university, I had to shoulder my responsibilities in the face of the unprecedented difficulties and do my best to protect the physical and mental health of students, professors and staff in the midst of a pandemic, while ensuring the smooth running of the university’s teaching and research. At the same time, I also continued to improve the talent cultivation system to meet the needs development of the country and the SAR, explore new avenues in the mechanism to encourage research innovation and transfer of results and meet market demands, strengthen the university social service and make rational and effective use of resources to actively promote the development of MENA. I am very happy and also touched that our efforts have received the appreciation, cooperation and support of all our professors and students. diants, and that all the specific areas of work of the university have achieved unprecedented synergy, advancing hand in hand and overcoming difficulties. This unity of purpose and effort has truly enabled the university to maintain its momentum and increase its international reputation. It also gave me more confidence for the future development of the University of Macao! Rector Song also shared three ideas with new graduates to encourage them to stay positive and be resilient, leave their mark and say no to “laying flat”, and broaden their horizons.
Pan Ranyan, representative of this year’s graduates, said in her speech that the university has provided many opportunities for its students to broaden their horizons. According to her, she was able to engage with outstanding students from diverse backgrounds through her research project at Honors College. Together, they participated in lively discussions on course projects and social issues and made a great effort to organize different types of activities, which helped them to become individuals with professional knowledge, a spirit critical and team spirit. “Although COVID-19 threw us into dark days, we gradually adapted to it and overcame the drastic changes brought by the pandemic. I found it encouraging that we could learn to communicate effectively and support each other online in such a short time,” she said. At the end of his speech, Pan encouraged all graduate students to be brave and embrace the next chapter in life.
This year, more than 1,800 students from undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Technology received their graduation certificates. Of these students, 125 have completed the honors program offered by the Honors College.
In addition, the UM National Flag Team held a flag-raising ceremony at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the graduation ceremony at Lotus Square to convey best wishes to all new graduates. The ceremony was attended by representatives of graduates from all residential colleges as well as their families and friends.