HC celebrates 10th anniversary, nurturing many outstanding students

Guests make handprints to celebrate HC’s tenth anniversary

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the University of Macau (UM) Honours College (HC). Over the past decade, the HC has nurtured many outstanding young leaders for society. To celebrate the tenth anniversary, the HC has organised a series of activities. The HC admitted 195 outstanding students from the 2019/2020 academic year.

The HC follows a merits-based principle when admitting new members. It is committed to producing future leaders for Macao and its neighbouring regions by providing tailor-made honours programmes and opportunities for overseas study that are designed to broaden the students’ horizons and help them develop a global mindset, leadership skills, and a strong sense of social responsibility.

At the celebration of the tenth anniversary and the opening ceremony for the new cohort of students admitted to the HC, University Council (UC) Chair Lam Kam Seng, Acting Rector Rui Martins, HC Dean Rose Lai, HC Founding Dean Mok Kai Meng, and President of the Executive Committee of UM Alumni Association Lee Cheuk Him made handprints to celebrate the joyous occasion. This year, the HC admitted 195 outstanding students of 31 different majors from seven countries and regions. UC Chair Lam Kam Seng, Acting Rector Rui Martins, and Vice Rectors Ge Wei, Billy So and Kou Mei presented admission certificates to the new cohort of students. In her speech, Dean Lai said that UM devotes a lot of resources to nurturing outstanding students, adding that over the past decade, the HC has nurtured 322 outstanding students who have gone on to become useful members of society in different industries.

Statistics show that the past eight cohorts of graduates from HC have done very well whether they chose to find a job or pursue higher education. The majority of the HC graduates have been hired by multinational companies, such as Ernst & Young (Macao) and PwC (Macao), or accepted by graduate schools of renowned universities overseas. such as Imperial College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom; the University of Michigan and Rice University in the United States; the University of British Columbia in Canada; the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong; and; and Peking University.

The celebratory activities for the tenth anniversary of the HC include a forum, a dinner, and a small concert. There is also a photo exhibition in the University Hall to display the HC’s development over the past decade. The exhibition will last until 30 September. All are welcome.

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