2011 Congregation Press Release



    The 2011 Congregation of Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) was successfully held on 5 November (Saturday) 3pm at the Macau East Asian Games Dome-Arena (Macau Dome). Around 900 graduates attended the Congregation to receive their Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. The Chief Executive of Macau SAR, Dr. Fernando Chui San On was the Guest of Honor of the Congregation. Other participated guests included Chief of the Office of the Chief Executive Dr. Tam Chon Weng, Director of Tertiary Education Services Office Mr. Sou Chio Fai, Director of the Cultural and Education Department of the Liaison Office Mr Liu Xiaohang, Deputy Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Macau, Mrs. Zhang Jinfeng and representatives from government departments, scholarship sponsoring organizations, local enterprises, higher institutions and secondary schools.
Rector Xu Aoao extended his warmest blessings to the graduates and his deepest gratitude to the Macau SAR government and the Macau society for their continuous support in the development of MUST. Rector Xu pointed out that this year, there are over 2000 graduates and MUST became the youngest among the “Best Hundred” universities in cross straits four regions in June. It was an outstanding achievement for a university with only 11 years of history as well as a joint accomplishment and a leap forward with the Macau Tertiary Education and the Macau S.A.R.. In the coming decade, MUST should work harder to realize its goal as a prestige university with uniqueness and influence in the Greater China Region.
To sustain its reputation as one of the “Best Hundred” universities, Rector Xu expressed that MUST should make sure that academic teaching will be the main focus of the University in order to train up talents for the development of Macau. MUST should put forth every effort to organize elite academic teams in pursuit of research excellence. Not only to ensure that the “State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine” would emerge as a top-notch research institute both nation and world-wide, MUST should also support the continuous development of its academic bodies including “The Institute for Sustainable Development”, “Macau Institute for Applied Research in Medicine and Health”, “Space Science Institute”, and “Institute for Social and Cultural Research” in order to enhance the University’s academic position. MUST should commit to serve the Macau society and devote for its societal progress. Besides in helping to promote Macau into a learning community, MUST should also assist in the popularization of science and technology as well as contributing more to the development of medical and health affairs in Macau.
Professor Zhou Ligao,Chairman of the University Council of MUST emphasized that the University Council and the MUST Foundation will continue to support the University in its future development. They would endeavor to improve the disciplines, promote both teaching and academic research, develop faculties and to enhance both academic and social service standards of the University. MUST will cooperate with the S.A.R. government in the development of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Science and Technology Park in Hengqin, and accelerate the building up of its State Key Laboratory for Quality Research in Chinese Medicine commissioned by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Last but not the least, Rector Xu presented awards to the graduates on the Rector’s Honor List and the MUST Congregation adjourned in joy and cheers.