The University of Macau (UM) Honours College (HC) recently held an admission ceremony to welcome 48 new students, all of whom are top student leaders drawn from 18 academic programmes offered by seven faculties. The students will have the opportunity to develop their potential and leaderships skills through various training courses and activities offered by the HC.
At the admission ceremony, UM University Council Chair Dr Lam Kam Seng and Rector Wei Zhao presented admission certificates to the students. In his speech, HC Dean Prof Mok Kai Meng noted that the multicultural UM campus offers many opportunities and he encouraged the students to grasp the opportunities to work hard and try different things. He pointed out the necessity of developing leaderships skills through participating in student activities and expressed hope that the students would give back to society.
During the second semester of their second year, the new cohort of students will have the opportunity to study at overseas universities, namely Boston College, the University of Notre Dame du Lac, the University of Rochester, George Washington University, the University of Michigan, Washington University in St Louis, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Coimbra.
Most HC graduates from the previous cohorts have either found a job at multinational companies or chosen to pursue further studies. Some members of the Class of 2016 have been employed by companies like JBA Consulting Engineers (Asia ) Limited and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Beijing. Others chose to pursue further studies at renowned universities, including Columbia University, the Florida Institute of Technology, the University of Rochester, the University of California in Davis, Washington University in St Louis, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Southampton, the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne, Karolinska Institutet in Switzerland, the University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong University of Science of Technology.
Established in 2009, the HC is dedicated to nurturing outstanding undergraduate students into future leaders. The three-year Honours Programme provides the students with leadership training courses and offers them access to the best research programme and creative activities. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad at esteemed universities for one semester to gain a comparative perspective on the disciplines they study, and to develop international understanding and cultural fluency.