Welcome to the University of Macau! Today’s convocation is a significant moment for you, as you embark on your journey of higher education.
Be proud of yourself as you have made one of the best decisions in your life by choosing UM amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic! The University of Macau community has rallied in response to this global challenge and we understand that our students are also facing unprecedented difficulties and challenges. We hope that you will still be able to meet your educational, professional, scientific or innovative aspirations while we are helping all students, teachers and the society to protect against the epidemic and ensuring the orderly continuation of teaching and research.
Like many other universities, we have moved most of our orientation activities online this year and will endeavor to provide a safe environment for your personal growth and academic development. I encourage you to make good use of the abundant resources we have as you begin taking classes, attending activities in your Residential College, joining student associations, making new friends on the sports fields, applying for exchange program and Honours College later on. And always remember that our faculty and staff members are always around to help you.
The education at UM is not just about acquiring new knowledge and skills, it is also about learning to become a better person. The university’s motto – Humanity, Integrity, Propriety, Wisdom, and Sincerity (仁、義、禮、知、信) are five key elements that represent the traditional virtues of Chinese people and the essence of Chinese culture. These are also essential virtues for becoming a better person. I hope you will always bear these five virtues in mind as you study, live and work with others.
In recent years, the University not only focuses on its own development, but is also actively contributing to the development of the Greater Bay Area. We have been cooperating with other educational institutions and enterprises in the Greater Bay Area to nurture talents, set up an industry-academia-research base in Hengqin, and promote technology transfer. On the global front, we have been actively establishing partnerships with world-class universities and academic institutions both at home and abroad, launching joint degree programmes, and setting up joint key laboratories and national research platforms. All these measures aim to enhance our education and international competitiveness, and to make the higher education system of Macao more diversified and competitive.
As the only public comprehensive university in Macao, UM is an important platform for cultivating talents to support the sustainable development of Macao. The university will continue to actively support the government’s policies by promoting technological innovation, transferring research results, nurturing talents, and being a high-quality think tank.
Dear students, as a member of the University of Macau, I urge you to devote yourself to learning extensively to become world-class talents and to make your experience in UM a rewarding one! I wish you all continued strength and health! Thank you.