College Master

Suggested Prof. Kenneth Leung

Before joining the University of Macau, Kenneth W.Y. Leung served as Professor at the Department of Journalism and Communication, Hang Seng Management College for two years, during which time he was concurrently appointed as the Chairperson of the Department of General Education. During his brief tenure at Hang Seng Management College, he revamped the whole general education program for the College. He also was instrumental in revising the Journalism and Communication curriculum there.

From 1983 to 2008, Professor Leung first served as Lecturer at the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). During his 25- year service at CUHK, he had been appointed as Dean of Students at New Asia College, Chairperson of the Department of Journalism and Communication, and also Director of International Studies Program. He was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award in 2000.

Before joining CUHK, he was Lecturer and Associate Head at the Department of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist College from 1978 to 1982. In 1982- 83, he taught as exchange faculty at Malone College, in Canton of Ohio, USA.

Professor Leung received his Ph. D. in International Communication in 1978 and M.A. in Mass Communication in 1975 from the University of Minnesota (USA). He received his Diploma in English Journalism from Hong Kong Baptist College in 1972.

 

Associate Master and Chief of Students

vkh Dr. Kam Hou Vat

Dr. Kam Hou Vat was born and raised in Macau. He aspires to be a teacher inspiring beyond the hours of the classroom, and creating a hunger for learning in students since his young age at Macau’s Yuet Wah College. He completed his matriculation years (University of Cambridge Advanced Level GCE Curriculum) at the Junior College of the University of East Asia (the former University of Macau) in 1985, and went abroad in the States to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering  (BSEE) in 1988, and his Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering (MSCE) in 1990, both from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, USA. Dr. Vat returned to Macau in 1992, taking up the lecturer position in Software Engineering under the Faculty of Science and Technology, at the University of Macau. In 2011, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Software Engineering study at the University of Macau. Dr. Vat’s current research interests include design thinking in e-learning, user/learner experience research, scenario-based development, and soft systems methodology, as well as the integrative use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in modern-day education. Dr. Vat’s philosophy of life has been influenced by different trail blazers in education, paraphrasing John Dewey: True learning is a process of discovery guided by mentoring, rather than the transmission of knowledge. If we teach our students today with the methods of yesterday, we are robbing the future out of our next generation.

Dr. Vat’s Homepage:  http://www.fst.umac.mo/en/staff/fstkhv.html

 

Resident Fellow

 IMG_0917 Dr. Bruce Liu

Because of interest in Medical Sciences, Dr. Liu completed his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Perking University in 2003, and then he earned his Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine at University of Macau (UM) in 2005. As a journalist paying attention to health system reform and food safety in China, he worked for Life Times, Caijing Magazine and Caixin Media successively in Beijing from 2006 to 2010. He came back to UM in 2010 and obtained his Ph. D. in Biomedical Sciences in 2015.

Dr. Liu likes reading, debating, martial art and drama. He won the champion of the 1st Debating Match of Universities from Asia and the Pacific in 2004, the champion of the 11th Debating Match of Chinese Countrywide Well-Known University in 2005 as well as the best debater and second place in the CCTV’s International Varsity Debate Match in 2007 as a member of Mandarin Debate Team (MDT) of UM. As a coach, he has also led MDT to victory in several international matches, example of the 5th Debating Match of Universities from Asia and the Pacific in 2011.

If you like debate, public speech, drama, reading, martial art or biomedical sciences, you are welcome to visit Dr. Liu. He will help you to find other like-minded people and enjoy college life together.

 

Resident Fellow

IMG_0917 Mr. Ivan Lei

Hi, I am Ivan. I am a new RF of SPC since May, 2016. If you happen to see a dad strolling with two toddlers and a preschooler around the SPC campus, most likely, it’s me!

 I am from local Macau. I have studied and worked in Texas and California, United States, for two decades before moving back to Macau in 2015. My professional history includes nine years in software development and application engineering positions and three years in psychological counseling positions. Among those years, I took two and half years off for studying theology in order to pursue a deeper understanding of the meaning and purpose of life.

 If you want some inputs for clarifying vocational decisions, managing stress in university life, or mulling over the meaning and purpose of life, I will be glad to help and share my experience. When I am not working, I like to do reading, movie, hiking, swimming, badminton, table tennis and, of course, playing with my kids.

  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University, 2013
  • M.A. in Theological Studies, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, 2006
  • B.S. in Electrical (Computer) Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin,  2000