Prof Brian Hall from the University of Macau’s (UM) Faculty of Social Sciences received an Excellence in Advising Award from the Center for Global Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH). According to the JHBSPH’s website: candidates for this award are nominated by the students, and recipients are recognised ‘for their passion, dedication, and expertise in guiding students through global health research’. The JHBSPH has been consistently ranked as the No 1 public health school in the United States and among the best in the world.

One student nominator is quoted as saying ‘It’s one thing to be working on a project as a research assistant, but another to be mentored and supported throughout the research process by someone who lives and breathes this work, someone who believes wholeheartedly in its potential for truly positive change in the community – one of the many driving forces behind his success.’

After joining UM, Prof Hall founded the university’s first research group focused on public and global health. His groundbreaking work on migrants in Macao and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has led to longstanding collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) on using the digital health approach to improve population wellbeing. His students have been accepted in public health programmes at various leading schools of public health, including the Colombia University, the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Taiwan University, and Johns Hopkins University.

Prof Hall completed his fellowship in epidemiology at the JHBSPH. His global health fellowship in HIV and infectious disease epidemiology was sponsored by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health of the United States, and jointly hosted by the University of North Carolina Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Sun Yat-Sen University’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the JHBSPH. Prof Hall was the inaugural fellow in global mental health of the WHO. He is currently an international fellow of the Chinese Academies of Sciences and the Key State Laboratory in Mental Health (Beijing) and a visiting associate professor in the JHBSPH Department of Health, Behavior, and Society , where he has held a faculty appointment since 2014. To learn more about Prof Hall’s research group, please visit


“1st Macao Secondary School Economics Competition”, organized by the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau, and co-organized with Pui Ching Middle School, was held on 3 May 2019 at the University of Macau.


The Competition intended to provide a platform for local secondary school students to enhance their interests in Economics as well as raising their awareness on economic issues inside and beyond Macao.


Students from Pui Ching Middle School presented their ideas on current economic issues of Macao including tourism, traffic congestion, aging population and public medical expenses.


UM Vice Rector (Student Affairs) Billy Kee Long SO remarked economics knowledge played an important role in helping to improve standard of living. Furthermore, training in economics could stimulate individuals’ rational choice and facilitate optimal allocation of social resources. Prof. SO added that this Competition could enable local secondary school students to better understand local socio-economic development, as well as university life.


Pui Ching Middle School Vice-principal Keng Man KUOK pointed out that students can broaden their horizons and benefit a lot by participating this Competition. He also expressed his wish that more talents in economics and finance could be groomed, and economics education could be facilitated through the collaboration between local universities and secondary schools.

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Ou Chuyue, a PhD student from the Department of Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau (UM), received the Top Paper Award at the 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), for her paper, titled ‘From Offline to Online: How Mainland Chinese Postgraduates in Macao Construct and Present Their Identities’.

Held in Prague, Czech Republic, this year’s conference attracted approximately 3,300 scholars from around the world. Ou’s paper, ‘From Offline to Online: How Mainland Chinese Postgraduates in Macao Construct and Present Their Identities’, explores how postgraduates in mainland China understand the terms ‘mainland’ and ‘Hong Kong and Macao’ in the context of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy, as well as how they construct and present their identities in different situations. It received the award from the ICA’s Intercultural Communication Division.

The ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. With a history of over 50 years, it boasts more than 4,500 members in 80 countries.

Liu Tzu-suan and Xia Yiwei, PhD students from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), University of Macau (UM), and their supervisor Prof Spencer De Li, associate dean of the FSS, recently won a second prize at the National Conference on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment and the 17th Academic Conference of the Chinese Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, for their co-authored paper titled ‘Parenting Practices and Adolescent Drug Use: A Comparison between China and USA’.

By combining the baseline data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 in the United States and the data collected by UM’s research team in a large city in China (the latter was funded by UM, with Prof Spencer Li as the principal investigator), the study systematically compares the differences in parenting practices and substance use between China and the US in the two survey samples. It has found that the rate of substance abuse is significantly lower among Chinese adolescents than among their American counterparts. Further, by comparing the influences of parental supervision, response and control on adolescent substance abuse in the two countries, the study has found that in China, parental supervision and response significantly inhibit adolescent substance abuse while parental control shows no noticeable effect; but in the US, parental supervision, response and control all play a significant role in preventing adolescent substance abuse. The study provides social and cultural explanations of the differences between the two countries.

This year’s conference attracted a record number of participants and papers. More than 500 representatives from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao participated in the conference and submitted more than 100 papers in total. The event was administrated by the Chinese Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, with Taiwan Society for Substance Abuse Research as a co-organiser.

UM Fencing Team wins 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronzes at Guangzhou Fencing Open 2018

UM Fencing Team has sent 12 members to participate in Guangzhou Fencing Open 2018 which was held from 29 Apr to 1 May 2018 in Guangzhou. This year’s event attracted 1,097 contestants from Guangdong province, Hong Kong, and Macao.

12 members of the UM Fencing Team won a total of 6 medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronzes) in men’s and women’s youth group categories.

Source: Office of Sports Affairs

Competition Results:


21 members of the University of Macau (UM) Fencing Team recently won three gold medals, three silver medals, and eight bronze medals at a local inter-varsity fencing competition organised by the Macau Universitarian Sports Association. The team swept all the prizes in the men’s and women’s foil categories.

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Source: Office of Sports Affairs