University of Science and Technology welcomes 3,000 new students

Thursday, September 10, 2009
Issue 815, Page 4
Word count: 253
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) held a school opening ceremony at the Macau Forum, where the 3,000 new students and 43 new teachers were welcomed to join the university.

Among the new students, around 70 percent are local residents, and 2,600 are enrolled into undergraduate or foundation courses.

In terms of all MUST students, 60 percent are from Macau.

The ceremony for the 2009/2010 academic year was chaired by the senior officers of MUST and attended by over 1,000 students and teaching staff.

According to Rector Professor Xu Aoao in the opening speech, MUST had already developed into “the largest scale higher education institute in Macau”.

Prof. Xu said the university is responsible to provide tertiary education for 40 percent of the local high school graduates.

“The numbers of students entering MUST have been on a rise year-on-year. This doesn’t only prove Macau society’s recognition to the university’s academic level and teaching quality, but also acknowledges the university’s contribution in the transition from elite to mass higher education of Macau,” the Rector said.

“MUST has already grown in size, but it also needs to empower itself. We will be welcoming the 10th anniversary of the university next year, and I hope that every student and staff member will pay efforts to take MUST to a new stage,” he added.

During the ceremony, scholarships and certificates were conferred to outstanding students.

In addition, representatives from the scholarship recipients, the MUST Alumni Federation and the freshmen delivered speeches before the ceremony ended.

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