“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


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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


The first 2018 issue of the South China Quarterly, an academic journal in humanities and social sciences published by the University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Social Sciences and Centre for Macau Studies, has been released.

This issue continues to place an emphasis on interdisciplinary issues and includes 16 papers on topics in various fields, including philosophy, linguistics, literature, history, cultural studies, politics, sociology, communication studies, logic, ethics, and psychology. Among them, a paper written by a researcher from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences explores communication exchange between Shanghai and Macao by studying the similarities and differences between newspapers published in the two cities in the late 19th century.

In addition, some papers in this issue discuss topics that concern the academia in both China and abroad, including Concordism, how to deal with and eliminate poverty, knowledge dissemination in a digital era, and multiculturalism. Other hot topics in the areas of humanities and social sciences include studies of labourers on the bottom rung of society in Shang dynasty, perceived value and ethics activities, and historical anthropology.

For details: http://www.umac.mo/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/44281/