1. Alexis Tam Chon Weng, Macau’s secretary for social affairs and culture, discusses the SAR’s advances in higher education

    Alexis Tam Chon Weng, Macau’s secretary for social affairs and culture, discusses the SAR’s advances in higher education

    [Sponsored article] Every aspect of a Macau citizen’s life, from birth to education, from medical services to elderly care, is within the management of the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture. Alexis Tam Chon Weng, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR), talks about the development of higher education in Macau.

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    1. Compared to Hong Kong, Macau began to develop higher education much later, but it was anything but tardy once it got started.
    2. These 10 institutions are each special in their own way, Some of them, such as the UM and the Macau University of Science and Technology, combine comprehensive teaching with research.
    3. While we have yet to achieve an international profile, we are striving hard towards this goal as part of Macau's future development.
    4. During his visit to Macau last year, Premier Li Keqiang presented to us a great vision, which was to develop Macau into a bridge between China and the Portuguese-speaking world.
    5. Portuguese remains one of our official languages after Macau's return to China.
    6. For example, both the government and the private sector are offering scholarships for students who wish to study in Portugal, There is also financial assistance available for the development of master's degree programmes for teachers.
    7. In doing so, the MPI ventures to integrate new technology with teaching materials, further capitalising on its advantage in Portuguese teaching and research while providing more effective support for Portuguese teaching in the mainland as well as Sino-Portuguese cooperation in economic, trade and cultural development.
    8. The Macau government remains committed to fostering local talents, and language skills are one of the key elements.
    9. For example, if you are a UM graduate, you can apply for this loan to study Portuguese in any Portuguese-speaking country. Or if you have graduated from a university in the US, and are fluent in English, you may apply for this loan to study Putonghua in Beijing or Shanghai.
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