MACAU, Nov. 24 – The Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) of the University of Macau (UM) today (November 24) held the first Hong Kong-Macao Ocean Forum and inauguration ceremony for the Department of Ocean Science and Technology. A number of renowned experts and scholars joined the forum to share ideas on marine environmental security and sustainable development, while the inauguration ceremony marked the official establishment of the Department of Marine Science and Technology at UM to promote regional ocean research in Macao and advancement of talent in this area.
At the ceremony Huang Jing, Director-General of Administration Center for China’s Agenda 21; Yonghua Song, Principal of UM; Chen Dake, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Xu Chengzhong, Dean of FST; Gan Jianping, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Center for Ocean Research; and Xu Jie, interim director of the Regional Oceans Center, unveiled the plaque of the Ministry of Marine Science and Technology. The ceremony attracted many faculty members, students and practitioners from industry.
In his speech, UM vice-principal Ge Wei said that the development and utilization of Macau’s water waste, coastal environmental protection, and disaster prevention and mitigation have always been hot topics in the local community. To this end, UM has actively promoted marine research and made the regional oceans one of its three research priorities. In 2020, UM founded the Center for Regional Oceans to develop cutting-edge theory and innovative technologies in the fields of offshore civil engineering, marine environment and ecology, and marine disaster prevention. In 2022, UM played a leading role in establishing the Ocean Research Alliance of Sino-Portuguese Speaking Countries to promote China-Portuguese Speaking Countries marine science and education cooperation. To further promote talent and research development in this field, UM decided to set up the Department of Marine Science and Technology with a focus on marine environment, disaster prevention and mitigation, and intelligent marine technology research. The department offers a master’s program in Coastal Environment and Safety with the aim of nurturing professionals in the field to meet the needs of the local community and integrate with the development of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao and the National Innovation Platform for Marine Science and Technology. These efforts will also help build an international platform for collaboration in marine science and technology and support national strategies such as the “Sea-Oriented Nation” policy and the “Belt and Road” initiative.
In his speech, Lionel Ni, President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), said he is pleased with the opening of the first Hong Kong-Macau Ocean Forum. He pointed out that marine development and technology research are of great importance to the JBA and the country as a whole, and expressed the hope that all parties would jointly contribute to the development of the JBA and the country’s marine development.
During the forum, experts and scientists gave lectures on marine environmental security and sustainable development. Chinese Academy of Sciences members Wu Lixin, Jiao Nianzhi, Chen Dake, Zhang Renhe, Dai Minhan and Dai Yongjiu, and Chinese Academy of Engineering member Zhang Si also attended the forum either virtually or in person to discuss advanced discuss scientific issues related to the marine environment, disaster prevention and mitigation, and research into smart marine technologies.
Other guests at the forum and ceremony included Huang Shengbiao, deputy chief of the Economic Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR; Ip Kuai Lam, Member of the Management Committee of Macao Science and Technology Development Fund; Mok Kai Meng, Vice Rectors of UM; Tang Iu Man, deputy director of the Bureau of Meteorology and Geophysics; Ng Si Io, a department head of the Environmental Protection Bureau; Wu Chu Pang, head of the Maritime Activities Department of the Navy and Water Bureau; and Wong Kuan Lon, head of the Marine Technology Division of the Marine and Water Bureau.
The Coastal Environment and Safety master’s program is now open for application. The application deadline is February 28, 2023. For application and admissions information, please visit the UM Graduate School website at https://bit.ly/3U4ZPCG or the Department of Ocean Science and Technology Faculty of Science and Engineering website at https: //www.fst.um.edu.mo/ost/postgraduate/.