The University of Macau (UM) English Debating team recently entered the top eight in the English as a second language (ESL) category of the World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) 2018, after beating its counterparts from various universities, including the University of Oxford and Tsinghua University. The UM team was the best performing team from China in this year’s competition.

The WUDC is the largest as well as the most competitive and prestigious English debating competition in the world. Held in Mexico, this year’s event attracted 400 teams from more than 300 universities in over 90 countries, including the University of Oxford, Harvard University, Tsinghua University, and Korea University. The debates covered various topics, including international relations, economics, law, science and technology, culture and art, as well as religion and morality.

The UM team is formed Choy Man Kei, a postgraduate student from the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS); and Li Kun, a third-year student from the FSS and Honours College as well as a member of Lui Chi Woo College. Li Jiaqi, a third-year student from the Faculty of Business Administration and a member of Shiu Pong College, served as a judge in the competition.

Source: Student Affairs Office

Three members of the University of Macau (UM) English Public Speaking Team recently won five prizes in the university category at the 16th Macao-wide English Speech Contest and the 23rd ‘21st century Cup’ National English Speaking Competition Macao Regional Contest. Lau Kak Chi, a first-year student from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and a member of Shiu Pong College, won the championship and the Best Impromptu Speaker Award. Wong Weng Lam, a fourth-year student from the Faculty of Education, who is also a member of the Honours College and the Stanley Ho East Asia College, won the second prize and the Best Manner Award. Liang Xiaojing, a second-year student from the Faculty of Social Sciences and a member of Shiu Pong College, won a merit award.

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The University of Macau (UM) English Debating Team and Public Speaking Team recently participated in the 2017 Public Speaking and Debating Contest for Universities from Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macao, which was organised by Fudan University.

Two members of the UM Debating Team, namely Hariharan Narayanan and Garrett Li, won the championship and the second prize, respectively, at the debating section of the contest. Narayanan also won the Best Debater Award. Li Shanshan from the UM Public Speaking Team won the Best Pronunciation Award at the public speaking section of the contest.

The contest attracted students from UM, Fudan University, East China University of Science and Technology, East China Normal University, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, SHISU, and Tongji University.

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A product named ‘Golden Wound Dressing’ developed by an entrepreneurial team in Chinese medical sciences from the University of Macau (UM) won a gold award at the Third China College Students’ ‘Internet+’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition. Zhang Zhe, a representative of the UM team, along with the representatives of other winning teams, was received by China’s Vice Premier Liu Yandong. During the meeting, Zhang told Liu about the team’s business plan to develop Chinese medicine.

This year’s competition attracted a total of 370,000 teams formed by more than 1.5 million university students. The UM team was formed by four master’s students, namely Zhang Zhe from the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences (ICMS), who is also the team captain; Wu Tong from the Faculty of Business Administration; Fang Rui’an from the Faculty of Law; and Ma Baoyuan from the Faculty of Social Sciences. Their supervisor is Assistant Professor Wang Chunming from the State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine (SKL-QRCM). Their entrepreneurial advisor is Dr Wang Minchuan, an external member. The product is a new type of wound dressing. It is based on the findings of Wang Chunming’s research team from the SKL-QRCM. By integrating the healing properties of traditional Chinese medicine with cutting-edge nanofabricating technology, the research team successfully endowed the biomaterial with favourable physical properties, such as fluid absorption capacity, and proved its biological effects, such as the promotion of haemostasis, cell proliferation, and eventually wound healing, in a series of studies. Certain polysaccharide components are proven to be essential in the healing properties of this dressing material. The team earlier won the championship at the Bank of China Trophy One Million Dollar Macao Regional Entrepreneurship Competition and an excellence prize at the national final of the One Million Dollar International Entrepreneurship Competition. The awards are testament to the entrepreneurial skills of UM students.

Established in 2002, the ICMS attaches great importance to nurturing students with independent thinking and innovation skills. Over the past 15 years, students from the ICMS have won first prizes four times and second prizes five times at the Challenge Cup, as well as a second prize at the HKUST One Million Dollar Entrepreneurship Competition 2016. The ICMS was also the only institution from Macao to win an award at the China Adolescents Science and Technology Invention Contest 2014. Many ICMS graduates are now working in companies in the field of medical technology in China and abroad. Wang Yitao, director of the ICMS and SKL-QRCM, says that winning a gold award at the Third China College Students’ ‘Internet+’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition is encouraging news and will create better conditions for students to transfer their research results. He adds that the institute will continue to produce more innovative and interdisciplinary professionals in Chinese medicine, which is in line with the goal of the state-key lab to promote Chinese medical sciences and the development of health products.

Source: Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences