Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

UMAC and UNESP begin law and social sciences seminar

Posted by Kimberly on October 31, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 31, 2007, page 6 (403 words)

The University of Macau (UMAC), in collaboration with São Paulo State University (UNESP) began the first of a two-day series of talks yesterday, the objective of which was to offer a comprehensive perspective and insight into the social, political, legal and economical states of Brazil, China and Macau.
Yesterday’s seminar focussed on the political models of the three areas, as well as the legal frameworks, economic models, international trade, land modernisation and urbanisation.
The talks comprise 21 speakers, with ten being from Brazil and the rest from Macau.
Speaking to Professor Fernando Fernandes, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law from UNESP yesterday, he said, “it’s very important to have the correct initiative to organise this kind of conference between participants of Macau and those of Brazil, with the objective to establish the link between the two countries,” he said, adding that they had come together to discuss similar interests and share the same concerns.
“We think it’s a very important priority that we take these actions, especially in the Social Science, Legal and Humanities areas. Brazil is a new country but we have many things to learn from China,” he said, adding that “Macau is a platform of this change between China and Portuguese-speaking countries so at the university we take these initiatives to bring attention to these kinds of issues.”
This is the first time such a series of talks have taken place, with Professor Rui Martins, Viice-Rector of UMAC saying In his opening speech that Macau had some agreements with some Brazilian universities but few of them were currently in action.
It was hoped that this agreement could be continued either or a year or biannual basis, “to assure the continuity of this program and academic co-operation,” said Professor Fernandes.
“This is the first time we’ve come to Macau and we hope in a year or two we receive the Macau academics here in Brazil,” he said, adding that “we’re very satisfied with the organisation of the seminars by UMAC. It’s very well received and in Brazil we have many similar seminars but when we arrived in Macau we feel that the organisation is of a very high quality. We can feel the friendship of the Macau people.”
Today’s seminar will include talks on labour and employment, the justice organisation, teaching of the law and current matters of judicial regulation and will begin from 9.00am and conclude at 7.30pm.

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