Macao confirms two new imported COVID-19 cases

[ the latest official news]  The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Centre has confirmed two new cases of imported COVID-19 infection, taking to 33 the tally of confirmed cases in Macao.

The newly-confirmed case – i.e., the 32nd – involves 31-year-old male resident of the Republic of the Philippines, who is a non-resident worker registered with the Macao authorities employed as warehouse worker by a bakery.

The 33rd case involves a 37-year-old female resident of the Republic of the Philippines, who is a non-resident worker registered with the Macao authorities employed as a cleaning worker by a hotel.

The two patients are friends. On 17 March, they took a Cathay Pacific flight CX930 from the Manila, the Philippines to Hong Kong. They were in seat number 49D and 49E. They then took a coach travel to Macao via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao (HKZM) Bridge. During checkpoint formalities at HKZM Bridge Macao boundary crossing area, they were each directed to observe – under existing epidemic-control measures in place in Macao – a 14-day period of health observation at home. While at the checkpoint, neither of them showed any symptoms relating to COVID-19.

During the period for self-isolation at home, neither of the two had gone to work or left the premises. Each of them had a room separate from the rest of the home. Both of them claimed they had not met with anyone during the isolation period.

An initial test on Thursday (26 March) showed positive – on a preliminary basis – for novel coronavirus-related infection. A further test confirmed the infection.

The male patient had mild coughing and nasal congestion on 24 March. The female patient had so far no symptom relating to COVID-19.

The Municipal Affairs Bureau has sent cleaning teams to disinfect public areas of the male patient’s residence located at Edifício Chi Lok, Rua de Fernão Mendes Pinto; and of the female patient’s residence located at Edifício Weng Luen, Pátio da Eterna União, both in Macao peninsula.

Those who shared the same residence were classified as persons having had causal contact with the patients. They have been taken to Conde S. Januário Hospital for examination and then to designated hotels for a 14-day medical observation.

The six people sharing the same residence with the female patient took a COVID-19 test and results available today showed they all were negative to the coronavirus. (More)

MPI Student Film BLACKBEARS Wins Awards in Italy and US

With the “Daring, Innovative, Persistent” spirit in perusing dreams, the MPI student documentary BLACKBEARS receives the Best Student Film of New York Movie Awards in the U.S. and the Grand Jury Award of Best Sport Film of Oniros Film Awards in Italy. Initiated as a class project, MPI students HO Ka Wai, LONG Weng Si, SIO Seng Tak and LI Wei have gone the distance and brought this Macao local story to the world stage, conglomerating theory and practice, learning and experience, and academia and techniques fostered by MPI’s distinctive programme of Bachelor of Arts in Design.

New York Movie Awards establishes monthly International Film Festival to promote films and filming careers, screening the winning short films every month in the East Village at the Kraine Theater; whereas Oniros Film Awards conceives and celebrates dreams (ὄνειρος = oneiros, Dream in Greek language) in filming from all over the world via competitions and recognitions from industrial professionals. Both film festivals are qualified by the 30-year-old IMDb (Internet Movie Database), the world’s most popular and authoritative source for information on movies, TV shows, and celebrities.

Featuring Macao’s first professional basketball team BLACKBEARS (established in June 2018), the short documentary recorded the teams’ endeavor and hard-core training. Despite the shortage in resources, they have made it to the ASEAN Basketball League and many other professional regional leagues. The true story of BLACKBEARS advocates their “Daring, Innovative, Persistent” attitude in going after their dreams, and also conveys hope and positive energy to other dreamers.  

The winning students said it was their first experience in filming a documentary. Being completely green to the subject, the instruction given by the teacher has helped them to find their direction and to come up with an action plan in order to bring this project into being. The short film desires to introduce the team and the story of BLACKBEARS to the general public, and serves as a motivation for many more Macao’s basketball players to be who they want to be.   

Sharing the same vision with the players, the documentary crew have also gone through falls and stumbles during the production process. In the end, they found active communication and diligent cooperation most effective in solving problems, which are some practical skills gained throughout the journey. The MPI students feel privileged and grateful to have received recognition at international film festivals. Such a great encouragement motivates them to create more work. They also look forward to showing the world that Macao productions are steadily making progress in the industry. They thank MPI and their teacher for the support all along. They also encourage the peer students to put forth their work in different film festivals, “winning or not, it’s a good experience after all.”

UM and CAS’ Institute of Oceanology establish joint lab in marine environment and ocean engineering

The University of Macau (UM) today (24 March) signed a collaborative framework agreement on establishing a joint laboratory in marine environment and ocean engineering with the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) via video conferencing. Under the agreement, both parties will combine their strengths in marine environment and ocean engineering to promote mutual development in the fields and to bring tangible benefits to technological innovation in Macao and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). This is the first time that UM has signed an agreement via video conferencing.

The CAS Institute of Oceanology is the first national institute of oceanology in China. It is also the largest and one of the leading institutes in the field in the country. Under the institute there are five CAS key laboratories, three national scientific research platforms, two functional laboratories, and seven research support units. The institute has conducted many groundbreaking and pioneering research studies in oceanology.

According to UM Rector Yonghua Song, the agreement aims to meet the increasing demand in Macao and the GBA for scientific research in oceanology, a cutting-edge research field in the world. Through the collaboration, UM and CAS will jointly create a high-quality platform for collaborative research, share resources, promote mutual development, and contribute to the development of marine environment and ocean engineering in Macao, the GBA, and China. Both parties will pursue research in separate but related branches of oceanology such as costal environment and ecology, marine geology, the dynamics of the multiple spheres of the ocean, regulation of regional marine environment, natural disaster prevention in cities, and ocean engineering. The collaboration is expected to promote the training of researchers, exchange of knowledge, commercialisation of research results, and the competitiveness of hi-tech industries. The collaboration will also create opportunities for international collaboration, such as collaboration in oceanology with Portugal.

During the ceremony, Rector Song and Institute of Oceanology Director Wang Fan signed the agreement on behalf of their respective institutions.

UM Macao Fellow Programme now open for applications

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.

To apply or to learn more about the programme, please visit https://www.um.edu.mo/career on or before 22 April 2020. For enquiries, please call 8822 8061 or email to ummf@um.edu.mo.

Advice for Students Studying or Having Internship in Wuhan Medical Institutions

Advice for Students Studying or Having Internship in Wuhan Medical Institutions: see the "Anti-epidemic page". 

Advice for Macao Residents Returning from Wuhan

Advice for Macao Residents Returning from Wuhan: see the "Anti-epidemic page" .

PhD studentship in Biomedical Sciences (starting August 2018)

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Macau is seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to perform structural studies on key cell‐cycle protein complexes under the supervision of Associate Professor William Chao.

 

The Chao laboratory focuses on using structural biology and in vitro biochemical reconstitution to investigate crucial cell‐cycle mechanisms. Professor Chao has extensive experience in determining multi‐subunit protein complexes with research articles published in peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Molecular Cell, and Cancer Discovery.

 

The appointed student will be given the opportunity to master state‐of‐the‐art techniques in protein complex reconstitution and structure determination as well as acquiring new techniques from collaborators’ laboratories.  

 

Applicants must hold a bachelor or master degree in relevant areas of natural sciences.  Previous experience in molecular biology and structural biology will be of advantage.

 

For further information, please contact William Chao @ williamchao@umac.mo or visit

https://fhs.umac.mo/staff/academic-staff/williamchao/ .

 

Application Deadline

28th February 2018

 

Normative Study Period

4 years.  

 

Postdoctoral Career Prospects

Upon the completion of PhD studies, graduates with Macau permanent residency will be encouraged to apply for the Macau Fellowship, which offers an independent salary to facilitate PhD graduates to acquire competitive international postdoctoral experience.

 

Launch of the “Return-to-Macao Information Platform” for Providing Information to Macao Residents Overseas

Talents Development Committee has recently launched its “Return-to-Macao Information Platform” to provide for the public more comprehensive information about the people’s livelihood and development in Macao, especially for Macao residents overseas who plan to return.

The “Return-to-Macao Information Platform” is integrated with abundant information and data provided by various government departments, and serves as a channel to share information updates and respond to enquiries. It provides information about the overall development of Macao, the latest news about major industries or sectors, etc., with the purpose to have those Macao talents planning to return well notified of the local situation and identified personal development opportunities. The platform also includes information on Macao’s Business, Employment, Taxation, Social Security, Health / Social Welfare and Education. The platform also bares an online function of commenting and responding to enquires..

The website of “Return-to-Macao Information Platform”: http://www.scdt.gov.mo/home-coming/

 

Scan the QR Code 
below
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for Quick Access to the Platform

 

Talents Development Committee establishes funding programmes for master courses to develop Chinese-Portuguese bilingual elites

The Subgroup of Elite Developing Plan under the Talents Development Committee recently held the second meeting in the year of 2016, chaired by the Subgroup Leader Wu Zhiliang. The Committee had a discussion on the details of partnerships with University of Coimbra and New University of Lisbon from Portugal.

In order to meet the needs for talents as Macao advances, play a bigger role in connecting China and Portuguese-speaking countries, and hone the skills of talents in both language and professional areas, the Committee is discussing partnership with higher education institutions in Portugal to develop elites not only with language proficiency in both Chinese and Portuguese, but also with solid professional skills. Currently, the Committee is in working with the University of Coimbra to launch a master grants programme, which gives three extra quotas on top of the Postgraduate Scholarships provided by the Technical Commission on Granting Financial Aids for Postgraduate Studies (CTABE), creating more opportunities for Macao students to further their studies in Portugal. Besides, the Talents Development Committee is planning to launch a Lisbon MBA Funding Programme, whose courses will be jointly taught by New University of Lisbon, Catholic University of Portugal and Sloan School of Management of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, in an effort to develop Macao elites in business administration. During the meeting, the committee members discussed the details of the above-mentioned programmes, including applicant qualifications, funding duration and payment method. It was agreed that the programmes will act as positive guides for Macao youth to upgrade professional skills.

The Committee Secretariat also updated the progress of cooperation with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). In an effort to create internship opportunities in UNESCO headquarter and affiliated organisations, allowing Macao youth to broaden horizons and gain experience, the committee is liaising with relevant authorities towards signing a cooperation agreement to implement the plans. The committee members were confident that Macao youth have the capabilities and language advantage to enter international organisations and play a role.

In the meantime, to provide more opportunities for Macao residents to participate in programmes co-hosted by Macao and overseas higher educational institutions, the Committee Secretariat has touched base with several colleges and universities, suggesting giving extra spots to Macao residents on top of the original programme capacity. As advised by the schools, programmes suitable for Macao residents are now accessible through hyperlinks on the website of the Talents Development Committee, who will continue to follow up with the Macao colleges and universities to put the recommendations into practice.

Committee members and other attendees at the meeting include Wu Zhiliang, Zhao Wei, Lei Heong Iok, Fong Ka Chio, Iu Vai Pan, Zhang Shuguang, Lou Pak Sang and Sou Chio Fai.

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Skilled talents development framework applied by Talents Development Committee yields preliminary results

The Subgroup of Skilled Talents Acquiring Plan under the Talents Development Committee recently held the second meeting in the year of 2016, chaired by Subgroup Leader Wong Chi Hong. Representatives from the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau and the Labour Affairs Bureau were invited by the Committee Secretariat to attend the meeting. During the meeting, the Secretariat updated the implementation progress of “Cooperation Framework of On-the-job Training for Government and Enterprise Employees and Promoting Skills Certification” (hereinafter referred to as “Framework”) and the Committee reviewed relevant files.

The Secretariat reported the progress of the Framework in its first quarter of implementation. The information was collected from several government bodies, with the majority from the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau and the Labour Affairs Bureau, covering a wide range of aspects including training courses, participation in certification, and the implementation of career consultation services and career planning activities.

After listening to the report and reviewing relevant files, committee members were engaged in an in-depth discussion. It was pointed out that the files reflected the current situation of professional training and certification participation in Macao. Analysis of these records helps define the future direction for promoting certification, which will serve as a reference for how talents development should be shaped. It was also suggested that training and certification records from other organisations should also be collected and reviewed, so as to amplify the effect of the Framework.

To optimise the talents development system of "training, certification, employment", committee members expressed concerns over the recognition of certificates among employers, urging to set guiding polices to drive certificate acceptance from the government and the society. It was also noted that the work should be implemented in a phased manner and will serve as guidelines in the career planning of Macao residents.

The incentive plan for talents development and certification has been on the Committee meeting agenda for several times. As data shows, there remains a gap of certification funding in the Continuing Education Development Plan (hereinafter as “PDAC”). Therefore, it was suggested that the collaboration between organisations should be further enhanced to fully leverage the resources offered by PDAC, before launching other specific incentive plans step by step.

Summarising the suggestions from the Committee, the representative from the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau concluded that the third phase of PDAC would focus on designing guiding policies on certification funding in collaboration with the Committee to encourage residents to take part in certification examinations. The Bureau will also consider collecting results data from local organisations which have applied for certification funding, as a way to enrich the Macao talent pool. The representative from the Labour Affairs Bureau pointed out that the current programmes combining training and certification are mostly equipment maintenance courses co-hosted with enterprises and building seepage repairing courses co-hosted with engineering departments. More practice trainings, such as safe operation of heavy construction machinery, will be organised in partnership with the business community.

Committee members attending this Subgroup Meeting of Skilled Talents Acquiring Plan included Wong Chi Hong, Chan Chi Fong, Tai Wong Kuai Leng, Leong Heng Kao, Ung Choi Kun, Ma Chi Ngai Frederico and Sou Chio Fai.

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