As a powerhouse for scientific innovation and talent training in the west of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the University of Macau (UM) is committed to promoting scientific research and academic exchange within the area. Recently, UM attended the opening ceremony of the annual Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Alliance Young Scholars Forum and signed an agreement to become one of the key members of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao University Engineering Alliance. The alliance aims to combine the strengths of different universities within the area so as to create more opportunities for teaching, learning, and research for young talent.
Other members of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Engineering Alliance include Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, South China University of Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, and Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen). At the forum, experts and scholars discussed the role and responsibilities of the Greater Bay Area in the healthy development of China.
UM Rector Yonghua Song pointed out that the Greater Bay Area is densely populated and has a huge demand for medical and health equipment. In response to this demand, UM has been actively promoting the development of advanced medicine in recent years, signing agreements with universities in the area and establishing joint laboratories to support world-class research in the field. He added that although the coronavirus pneumonia brought challenges to the area, it also taught a valuable lesson in how to handle public health crises.
This three-day event was held both online and offline. Participants exchanged ideas on a wide range of topics, including public health, library information management, interdisciplinary sciences (computation and theory), and robotics technologies. Many UM scholars were invited to attend the event, including Prof Huang Mo and Prof Cai Yongqing in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Prof Xiang Yutao in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Pun Nga Ian and Lei Chong Meng in the university library.