Macau | No conclusion yet on investigation about resignation of former UM Rector, new Rector assumes office

The Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture told Macau News Agency (MNA) on Tuesday that Secretary Alexis Tam Chong Veng has not yet received the investigation report he requested be conducted on the resignation of the previous Rector of the University of Macau (UM), Wei Zhao

Macau (MNA) – The Office of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture told Macau News Agency (MNA) on Tuesday that Secretary Alexis Tam Chong Veng has not yet received the investigation report he requested be conducted on the resignation of the previous Rector of the University of Macau (UM), Wei Zhao.

On November 27, the Secretary requested the Tertiary Education Services Office (GAES) to investigate if any irregularity had marked the termination of the contract of the former Rector with the University.

In early November, Mr. Wei reportedly requested the termination of the position within the higher education institution he had assumed in 2008, which the Secretary claimed then was accepted by a hierarchical superior – a complain had been lodged within the university claiming the Rector should fulfil a six month buffer period before accepting another academic position.

Contacted by MNA, GAES said it could not provide information about the timetable for delivering the report.

‘Our office is still handling the issue with no further information,’ was GAES’ reply to repeated requests for clarification about the deadline, if any, set for the services to deliver the report to the Secretary’s Office.

Neither could the Office of the Secretary confirm what conditions Mr. Tam had set for receiving the results of the investigation.

The report is to be produced by GAES and UM.

Mr. Wei had previously announced he was to occupy functions as Investigation Director at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE from January 1, 2018.

New Rector starts work

The ninth Rector of the UM, Yonghua Song, assumed office today, expressing hopes to ‘familiarise himself with the new job as soon as possible, increase interactions with the local community, and carry out more innovations,’ a press release reads.

“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,” Mr. Yonghua was quoted as saying.

Prof. Song has international experience, having held positions in several British universities from 1991 to 2009. After holding positions at Brunel University, he took up a Pro-Vice Chancellorship and Professorship of Electrical Engineering at the University of Liverpool in 2007, holding concurrently the position of Executive President at Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University in Suzhou.

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