A Message for the University Community (09/01/2018)

Dear colleagues, students and alumni,

Today is my first day of being the rector of the University of Macau. At the turn of the year, I would like to send all of you my best wishes. May the year of 2018 bring you good health and every success!

It is my greatest honour to be appointed the ninth rector of the university by the Chief Executive on recommendation by the University Council. In the past months, I had the opportunity of meeting some of the council members, staff and students. You were so welcoming and I thank you for sharing with me your studying and working experiences as well as your campus life. I am deeply touched by all those great efforts that you have put in making this university into the one as we know it today: be it about its state-of-the-art facilities, or its verdant campus that is richly steeped with academic ambience.

Without a doubt, the university has come a long way over the years with increasing academic influence and kudos internationally. This would not have been possible without the full support of the central and the Macao SAR governments and the outstanding leadership of the current and previous chancellors, council members and rectors. Last but not least, we are grateful for the unreserved support of the community and the contributions of university staff.

This is a new chapter, a new mission. I will hit the ground running and look forward to meeting many more of you in the coming months in different ways possible: formally or not so formally. I will also listen to the local community and see what they expect of us. With the solid foundation laid for the university, we will continue to do our job well through collective efforts and we look forward to more innovation, new opportunities and greater accomplishments in the future development of the university.

Yours sincerely,

Songhua Song
Rector of the University of Macau