The University of Macau (UM) Macao Fellow Programme is now open for applications. Permanent residents of Macao with a master’s or PhD degree from a reputable university are welcome to apply to join UM through this programme. This programme aims to nurture young scholars from Macao and to encourage qualified local talent to pursue career development in Macao. Launched in 2015, the programme has recruited 20 young scholars for UM through a rigorous selection process.
The programme offers a three-year contract to successful applicants, who will have the opportunity to seek visiting appointments at reputable universities or institutions outside Macao as scholars or researchers. This allows them to enrich their teaching and research experience, broaden their horizons, and enhance their professional knowledge. Professional mentors will be assigned to young appointees to provide guidance on how to start and develop a research project, how to publish research papers, and how to become a professional faculty member. Upon meeting a satisfactory level of performance at the end of the contract term, the appointee may have the opportunity to become an assistant professor at UM through open recruitment.
Cheang Wai San graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a PhD degree in biomedical sciences. Ever since joining UM through the UM Macao Fellow Programme in 2015, Dr Cheang has been actively engaged in scientific research. Under the guidance of experienced faculty members at UM, she has already published more than 30 research articles in various international journals over the past few years. In 2016, Cheang was assigned to the University of California, San Diego, for a two-year research stint. ‘That experience was extremely valuable,’ says Cheang. ‘It not only helped me develop an international perspective, but also gave me an opportunity to learn from world-class researchers. It greatly enhanced my teaching and research experience.’ In January 2019, she was promoted to the rank of assistant professor in the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences.
Cheong Weng Chon is another UM Macao Fellow. He joined the Department of Physics and Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, in 2019. Before joining UM, he spent ten years at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he obtained his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees in chemistry through a combined undergraduate-master’s-doctoral programme.‘The greatest reward of working at UM is that I can evaluate the prospect of a certain research field from the perspectives of the university and the faculty in the early stages of my teaching career. This helps me adjust my research direction in the future,’ says Cheong. Once the epidemic is under control, Cheong will serve as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, for a period of two years. He hopes to better adapt himself to the development of UM and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.