UM kicks off forum on Chinese history and culture and celebration of Confucius’ birthday

UM kicks off the forum on Chinese history and culture and celebration of Confucius’ birthday

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of the handover of Macao, the University of Macau (UM) today (19 September) kicked off the Forum on Chinese History and Culture and Celebration of Confucius’ Birthday. The forum, cultural activities, and exhibitions aim to let the public experience traditional Confucian culture and enhance their cultural confidence. Experts and scholars from China and abroad attended the event to celebrate the birthday of Confucius. They also discussed traditional Chinese culture and its development in the contemporary society.

Rector Yonghua Song

UM Rector Yonghua Song gave a speech, in which he said that the relationship between Confucian thought and Macao goes back a long time, adding that the great philosopher left an indelible mark on Macao as part of his long-lasting impact on human civilisation. According to Song, the event aims to promote understanding of the five traditional Chinese virtues, namely humanity, integrity, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity, among UM faculty members and students, so that they will acquire the wisdom from Confucianism and history and find inspiration through the comparison of Chinese and Western cultures for achieving world peace and sustainable development. Song added that people from different countries should work together to create a harmonious world and a win-win situation for everyone.

Cheng Lin

Cheng Lin, vice chairman of the Shandong provincial committee of the People’s Political Consultative Conference, said that Shandong is the hometown of Confucius and the birthplace of Confucianism, adding that the event showcases the beauty of traditional Chinese culture, especially the beauty of Confucianism.

A group photo

At the opening ceremony, Rector Song and other guests presented flower baskets to a painting of Confucius and bowed to the painting four times. Afterwards, members of the Cultural Ambassador Programme of the Confucius Institute conducted a ceremony, during which they performed a traditional ritual dance in traditional robes to express their understanding of the five virtues.

The forum on Confucian culture

On the same day, UM kicked off a forum on Confucian culture and numerous exhibitions, including an exhibition of Confucius culture, an exhibition of the landscape paintings of Zhang Zhimin, an exhibition of the works of Mao Hongwei, Zhang Qinzhi and Dong Gang, an exhibition of intangible cultural heritage from Suzhou, an exhibition of Guqin art from Changshu, and a sharing session by two young bamboo flute performers from Macao, who are also UM students. These exhibitions are open to the public. All are welcome. For more information, please visit https://go.um.edu.mo/pjjw9jqr.

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Academicians attend forum on science, arts, and humanities at UM

The Centre for Chinese History and Culture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau, recently organised a forum on science, arts, and humanities. Academicians in the related fields from mainland China and Hong Kong, as well as professors from UM, attended the forum. They explored the close relationship between science on the one hand, and arts and humanities on the other, as well as the future of these disciplines. Participants also had an in-depth discussion on the core values of human civilisation.

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Academicians attend a forum on science, arts, and humanities at UM

The inscription written by the academicians for UM

A group photo

 

 

 

 

UM arranges for secondary school teachers to learn about Chinese history and culture in Xi’an

UM arrange for secondary school teachers to visit Xi’an

The University of Macau (UM) Centre for Chinese History and Culture recently arranged for teachers from 18 secondary schools in Macao to visit Xi’an and learn about Chinese history and culture.

Members of the delegation attend a talk

The secondary schools included Hou Kong Middle School, Keang Peng School, Our Lady of Fatima Girls School (Macau), Matteo Ricci College, Taipa Fong Chong School, Estrela Do Mar School Macau, Affiliated School of the University of Macau, Sao Jose Diocesan College, 6thSchool, and Sao Jose Diocesan College, 5th School.

Members of the delegation at Shanxi History Museum

During the trip, members of the delegation visited Shaanxi Normal University, the Yang Mausoleum of Han, Terracotta Army, the Forest of Stone Steles Museum, and Shaanxi History Museum. The participants also attended talks on Chinese culture, the protection of cultural heritages, and the development of Xi’an as an ancient Chinese capital.

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