Prof Zhao Wei officially appointed University of Macau’s rector

Thursday, November 6, 2008
Issue 519, Page 2
Word count: 275
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Official Gazette issued a Chief Executive dispatch yesterday that officially appointed Professor Zhao Wei as the new rector of the University of Macau (UM) in effect from November 10.

Professor Zhao will commence office on the same day for a five-year term to succeed Professor Iu Vai Pun who has been at the post since 1999.

The Chief Executive made the appointment according to the Statute of the University of Macau and suggestion of the University Council.

Professor Zhao, 55, is an American Chinese scholar who has a PhD in computer and information science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

As an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow, Professor Zhao had made significant contributions in the fields of distributed computing, real-time systems, computer networks and cyber space security.

Before coming to Macau, he was the Dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York since 2007.

And prior to that, he was a senior associate vice president for research at Texas A&M University.

Having completed his undergraduate course in physics at Shaanxi Normal University in Xian, China in 1977, Professor Zhao had also taught at the Amherst University, the University of Adelaide as well as Texas A&M University.

Presided by chairman of the University Council, Dr Tse Chi Wai, the new rector will take office on November 10 and also meet with the media to talk about his vision for the University.

On the other hand, the Chief Executive also signed off a dispatch to renew the appointment of Victor Chan Chi Ping, the director of the Government Information Bureau, for one year starting January 1, 2009.



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