Calligraphy Activity to welcome the New Year of the Rabbit is held in UM

The calligraphy activity with the theme of Welcomes Chinese New Year with Jade Rabbit and Embraces Fortune was held grandly in Jiangsu, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan in terms of online and in-person event in UM on 5th January, 2023, which was co-hosted by Jiangsu Overseas Friendship Association, Jiangsu Academy of Chinese Culture, Federation of HK Jiangsu Community Organisations, Macau Jiangsu Province Overseas Friendship Association, Chinese Standard Cursive Hand Association, Hong Kong Institute of Calligraphy, Art Association of Republic of China (Taiwan), and CCHC.

The Spring Festival couplets and the character ‘福’are the most auspicious and the most beautiful cultural symbols of Chinese, representing people’s expectations for a better life in a new year. With the intention of welcomes Chinese New Year with Jade Rabbit and express wishes with calligraphy, calligraphers in not only Jiangsu main venue but also in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan sub-venue were invited to write ‘福’ and create couplets with blessing and joy for students, citizens and travellers in these regions.

Photo of invited calligraphers and their creations in Macao sub-venue

At the end of the event, calligraphers including Mr. GU Shaohua, Ms. GONG Baomei, Prof. WONG Seng Fat, Mr. ZHONG Jinxing and Prof. ZHU Shoutong in Macao venue were invited to create couplets together with calligraphers in the other three venues to send audience blessings. ‘玉兔牽霞江山競彩,紅梅舞雪華夏同歌’ with a horizontal scroll ‘同心納福’ is a couplet from Jiangsu main venue, which expresses this activity plays an important role in passing the traditional customs of the Spring Festival, carrying forward the fine traditional Chinese culture, deepening the exchanges and integration between Jiangsu and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and inspiring the feelings of the Chinese people.

Group photo of calligraphers and guests in Macao sub-venue

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The Cornerstone of Su ‘ao Pavilion Laid in UM

On December 14, 2022, the laying of cornerstone of Su ‘ao Pavilion was held at the University of Macau as the final project of the first China Cultural Festival, and as for its name, ‘Su’ refers to Suzhou, while ‘Ao’ refers to Macau. There are many special guests attending the groundbreaking ceremony including Mr. Wang Yang, Member of Suzhou Municipal Party Committee, Head of Suzhou United Front Work Department, Head of Suzhou Overseas Friendship Association, Mr. Deng Bing, Deputy Head of Suzhou United Front Work Department, Mr. Zhai Keqiang, Deputy Head of Suzhou Municipal Party Committee Organization Department; Mr. Xu Guisun, Director of Jiangsu Overseas Friendship Association Cultural Department, Mr. Cen Zhanping, Head of Macau Jiangsu Province Overseas Friendship Association, Prof. Xu Ao’ao, Advisor to the Chancellor of Macau University of Science and Technology, Prof. Song Yonghua, Rector of University of Macau, Prof. Leung Kai Chun, Secretary General of the University Council, Ms. Wong Ke, Director of Rector’s Office, and some college masters of residential colleges in UM.

Su ‘ao Pavilion imitating the Canglang Pavilion, a famous Chinese pavilion, embodies the characteristics of traditional Chinese culture and the charm of Jiangnan culture. The pavilion is of great significance in the construction of the University of Macau. ‘Su ‘ao Pavilion not only represents the close ties and friendship between Jiangsu and Macao, and between Suzhou and UM in parricular, but also symbolizes the establishment of a cultural exchange platform among the youth of these two regions, spreading Chinese history and culture to them.’ Song Yonghua said.

‘There is a deep history of exchanges between Suzhou and Macao. Especially in recent years, various cooperation projects have been carried forward. And in this case, the Su’ao Pavilion is proposed to be founded. I hope that when students and teachers of UM see Su’ao Pavilion, they will think of Suzhou, think of the deep friendship between Suzhou and Macau, so that to promote the cultural communication between the two regions.’ Wang Yang delivered a speech at the ceremony.

Guests attend the groundbreaking ceremony

Song Yonghua, Rector of the University of Macau

Mr. Wang Yang, Member of the Standing Committee of Suzhou Municipal Committee

Mr Wang Yang presented the calligraphy work of “Su  ‘ao pavilion” to Mr Song

Mr Song presented a note of appreciation to Mr Wang Yang

Guests laid the foundation stone for Su  ‘ao pavilion


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The 1st Short Video Creation Competition Full Love Macao Comes to a Successful End

With the theme of Full Love Macao, the 1st Short Video Creation Competition is one of series activities of Chinese Cultural Festival organized by Macao Base for Primary & Secondary Education in Humanities & Social Sciences and Centre for Chinese History and Culture of UM. It aims to spread and develop the excellent traditional Chinese culture, highlighting the uniqueness of Macao with the mainstream Chinese culture and the coexistence of diverse cultures, enhancing Macao students’ understanding and recognition of the local culture.

There was active participation of Chinese History and Culture Promotion Ambassador and other students of Macao’s universities, and two first prize teams, two second prize teams, four third prize teams and six merit award teams were selected after a fair, professional and rigorous evaluation for two months.

The award ceremony was held at the Cultural Building (E34) on the afternoon of 1st December, 2022 (Thursday), and there were many important guests who attended the event including Prof. ZHU Shoutong, Director of Centre for Chinese History and Culture, Dr. CHEANG Neng Ian, Deputy Director of the Centre, Prof. SIO Chio Ieong, Director of Academic Research Division, Prof. YEUNG Siu Kwai, Director of Editorial and Publication Division.

This competition is prospective and full of practical significance as it is the responsibility and obligation of every Macao youth to carry forward traditional culture and pass the historical culture and humane spirit of Macao, Prof. ZHU Shoutong said in his speech.

The video works produced by the first and second prize winning teams were also displayed at the ceremony, winning a lot of enthusiastic response and appreciation from the audience. All audience were deeply moved by their creativity and efforts, and believed that these works would become precious documentaries bearing the memories of a generation of Macao people after many years.

The competition came to a successful end on account of the full support of the distinguished guests and the enthusiastic participation of the students. There are still other interesting activities and events of Chinese Cultural Festival that will last until the end of December. Please visit CCHC website and official account of WeChat for more information.

Group photo of Prof. ZHU and the first prize winning team

Group photo of Prof. CHEANG and the second prize winning team

Group photo of Prof. SIO and the third prize winning team

Group photo of Prof. YEUNG and the merit prize winning team

Group photo of guests and awardee

Chinese Cultural Festival with the theme of City Heritage

The first Chinese Cultural Festival with the theme of City Heritage came to a successful end in 2022.  As part of Chinese Cultural Day, the event called “Inheritance in the City” aims to carry forward the fine tradition of the Chinese culture, advance the goal of publicity and promotion on its essences and achievements to teenagers in Macao, propel its adoption in campuses, increase teenage recognition and develop their patriotism, and also to show that Macao is characterized by the coexistence of multi-cultural exchanges with the mainstream Chinese culture.


Choi Nong Chi Tai School——Chinese Culture Challenge

Kwong Tai Middle School—— Herbal Tea Preparation promoted in school

Pui Ching Middle School——I speak for the Chinese solar term

Escola Estrela do Mar——Understanding the Society of Jesus and the development of modern Chinese culture

Colégio Mateus Ricci——Teach etiquette and inherit Chinese tradition

Pui Va Middle School——Chaoshan Culture Day series activities

Tong Nam School——Primary school handwriting competition

The Affiliated School of the University of Macau——Chinese traditional festivals in Tang poetry and Song Ci

The Affiliated School of the University of Macau——Training on “Reading, appreciation, interpretation and simple creation skills of ancient poetry and prose”

The Affiliated School of the University of Macau——Chinese Culture Award Scheme and Torch Ceremony

Colegio de Santa Rosa de Lima——Training on “Reading, appreciation, interpretation and simple creation skills of ancient poetry and prose”

Colégio Diocesano de São José (5ª)——Macao cultural investigation camp

Colégio Diocesano de São José (5ª)——Painting competition

Zheng Guan Ying Official School——Tea culture lecture

Macau Baptist College——Bring the traditional craft to life

Kao Yip Middle School——This is Confucian culture

The Affiliated Primary School of Lou Hau High School——Chinese tea activity

Exhibition with Theme of Writing Glorious Chapter of Times Comes to Successful End

Pay attention to the pen and ink when reading extensively, and observe the manuscript works with an inquiring attitude. In the long river of history, countless literati have looked up to the heavens and explored the mysteries of the universe, and countless works have lit up the eternal night like lighthouses. Whether reading or writing, the intellectual group has always maintained a fondness for paper and a passion for ink for thousands of years. In the contemporary era, when electronic technology is prevalent and paperless office is the mainstream, it is rare to continue to create a large amount of work in handwriting.

An exhibition of manuscripts by famous contemporary Chinese writers with the theme of the Writing Glorious Chapter of the Times is held by CCHC for one month from 7 November, 2022. It presents manuscripts of outstanding contemporary Chinese writers to fans all over the world, creating a place that they are able to appreciate the era color and the essence of ideas reflected in the manuscripts.

This exhibition is rich in content, with a total of 17 exhibition cases and more than 50 exhibits. Among them, there are the manuscripts of Wu Mi and Feng Zhi who made important contributions to the New Culture Movement, manuscripts of masters of Chinese culture such as Qi Gong and Liang Piyun, manuscripts of famous poets such as Guo Moruo, Zang Kejia and Ai Qing, manuscripts of Yu Guangzhong who made great efforts in cross-Straits relations, manuscripts of Hu Feng, Liu Renfu and etc.

This exhibition is one of activities of the first Festival of Chinese Culture of UM. Most of the exhibits come from the Fu Tianhong Chinese New Poetry Collection. During the exhibition, countless staffs and students of UM and guests from outside the University came to visit, leaving a thick handwritten signature book. Under the spotlight, the manuscripts are yellowed, the ink is as new, and each stroke expressed the poets’ and writers’ carefulness for the text and faith in people, and audiences were brought back to the writing era of the last century by the manuscript works.

Special Exhibition on Tang Dynasty Mural Culture at UM Wu Yee Sun Library

An Macao exhibition with the theme of Tang Dynasty Mural Culture Special Exhibition to Hong Kong and Macao Campus 2022 is sponsored by China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, National Cultural Heritage Administration, Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Administration, University of Macau, National Conditions Education Association (Macau), and joint organized by Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Exchange Association, Shaanxi History Museum (Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Exchange Center) and Center for Chinese History and Culture of UM, opening at Wu Yee Sun Library, University of Macau, on 5 December 2022. The organizers hope that more young people in Macao can have the opportunity to learn about the protection of cultural heritage in the mainland, appreciate the charm of traditional Chinese culture, and enhance cultural confidence and national identity through this exhibition.

Tang Dynasty Mural Culture Special Exhibition to Hong Kong and Macao Campus is held on campus of Hong Kong and Macao for the second time, with the theme of “Prosperous Times Wall Collection – Tang Dynasty Mural Culture Special Exhibition style of the Tang Dynasty”, showing the Tang people’s clothing and makeup, food and banquet, sports and dance, as well as faith and spiritual life, reappearance of the Tang Dynasty social life scene and the long history of Chinese festival culture.

46 murals have been selected from the collection of Shaanxi History Museum and digital high-definition printing technology was used to display them to the public in the form of exhibition because the mural itself is fragile and not easy to move. Some of them are specially added murals for the exhibition, such as “Music and Dance” and “Xuanwu” of Han Xiumu, hoping to let the public have a deeper understanding of the Tang Dynasty mural culture. The extension will run until Jan 2, 2023.

Exchange of Ideas and Improvement of Teaching The Third Macao Forum on Humanities and Social Science Education held Successfully

In order to strengthen academic and cultural exchanges among basic education units in Macao, Macao Base for Primary & Secondary Education in Humanities & Social Sciences and the Centre for Chinese History and Culture of UM held the “The Third Macao Forum on Humanities and Social Science Education — Chinese Language Teaching in Macao under the Guidance of the New Curriculum Standard” on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the Cultural Building (E34) Hall of UM, following the new curriculum standards to achieve the goal of fully implementing the cultivation of youngers with ideals, skills, and responsibilities, and creating an opportunity for educators to meet and discuss how to improve language teaching with the guidance of new curriculum standards.

There are over hundreds of guests attending the forum, including the keynote speaker Prof. Li Guanding, Macao senior educators like Guo Xiaoming, Wang Min and Zhang Xingang, Chow Pak Fai, the president of the Macau Association of Catholic Schools, Lei Tin Man, the minister of Macau STEM Education Association, Lao Sio Wa, the principal of St. Teresa School, Cahn Chun Hsin, the vice-principal of Tong Nam School, Xio Chio hsia, the vice-principal of Lou Hau High School, Liu Xiangan, the professor of Suzhou University, Zhang Jundi, the director of Higher Education Publishing Center at Jiangsu Education Press, Zhu Shoutong, the director of Centre for Chinese History and Culture, and numbers of outstanding teachers from primary and secondary schools in Macao.

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Graduation of MA in Chinese History and Culture

The University of Macau (UM) held the Ceremony for the Conferment of Higher Degrees 2022 on 26th November, 2022. Over 1,300 students graduated from the university’s doctoral programmes, master’s degree programmes, and postgraduate certificate/diploma programmes.

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Ao Ieong U, representing the chief executive and UM chancellor, officiated at the ceremony in the company of UM University Council Chair Lam Kam Seng, Rector Yonghua Song, and Vice Rectors Michael Hui, Rui Martins, Ge Wei, Mok Kai Meng, and Xu Jian. Members of the University Assembly, University Council, and Senate, as well as government officials, prominent members of the community, UM faculty and staff, and student representatives also witnessed the ceremony. In addition, live broadcast areas were set up on campus and live streaming was available on the internet for families and friends of graduates to watch the ceremony.

This year, there are 18 graduates of the MA in Chinese History and Culture, which is offered by the Centre for Chinese History and Culture, aiming at providing training for primary and secondary school teachers in Macao to have a better teaching skill for Chinese history and culture, so as to strengthen the identity and devotion of the Chinese civilization among Macao youth. Prof. ZHENG Dehua, the professor of MA programme, attended and took a group photo with the graduates.

Group photo of Prof. ZHENG Dehua and the graduates