The Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) of the University of Macau (UM) held the first lecture and orientation of the academic year 2020/2021 for undergraduate and postgraduate freshmen on today and yesterday (3 Sep and 4 Sep). More than 210 undergraduates, 120 postgraduate students and professors joined this event together to welcome a new academic year. In response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, FST launched the first lecture with both online and offline platforms. In order to make students easier to ask questions and let them feel a warm and sincere welcome of the Faculty, Dean of FST Prof. Cheng-Zhong Xu, the Associate Deans and Assistant Deans visited every classrooms where students were located to answer their questions, while reminding them to well manage time at UM to prepare for a successful life in the future.
Dean Xu encouraged undergraduate freshmen to learn how to study independently and to plan for their future wisely, and inspire them to participate more into exchange activities, enrich their knowledge by exploring the world. Besides, he also advised new postgraduate students that postgraduate year is a period of personal growth and professional development that equip them for life, while learning new knowledge, Dean Xu shared that students should also have both independent and creative thinking so as to develop them professional skills and competitiveness.
When giving the first lecture, Dean Xu introduced the history and achievements of the Faculty. He shared that UM has achieved important breakthroughs in scientific research in recent years. Under the research strategy of “3+3+3” of the University, FST have cooperated with different universities and institutions within Greater Bay Area, including signing cooperation agreements and establishing joint laboratories. It is expected to integrate into the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and cultivate talents for local community and the Greater Bay Area. To better support the development of science and technology and promote the transformation of scientific achievements, FST has joined the establishment of Centre for Regional Oceans and Centre for Applied Mathematics. In the future, the Faculty will keep on researching the cutting-edge technologies such as 5G communications, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and automatic driving, so as to enhance the competitiveness of UM and promote local development of scientific research and the Greater Bay Area. The ‘3+3+3’ model refers to UM’s three state key laboratories (for integrated circuits, Chinese medical sciences, and Internet of Things for smart cities, respectively ), three new key research areas (precision medicine for cancer treatment, advanced materials, and regional oceanography), three interdisciplinary research fields (artificial intelligence, cognitive and brain science, and data science).
Classes for the new academic year will begin on Monday (7 Sep). The first lecture and orientation this year allowed new students to have a greater understanding of UM and the Faculty, it assisted them to adapt to university life, and prepared for their new chapter in life.
澳大科技學院於今天及昨天 (3 及 4日) 舉行了2020/2021學年學院第一講及迎新會，與超過210名本科、120名碩士新生及教授共聚一堂迎接新學年。因應疫情發展，科技學院以線上線下形式向新生展開了第一堂課。為了令學生感受到學院誠摯的歡迎及更好地發問，科技學院院長須成忠教授、副院長及助理院長等人親自前往學生所在的每一個教室解答他們的問題，同時也寄語學生好好把握在澳大的時光，為實現成功的人生做準備。