Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

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

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Helping Macau’s future leaders

Posted by Kimberly on February 27, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
February 27, 2008 (572 words)

The expansion of Macau’s economy was being held up by the few who opposed the intake of foreign labour, suggested Dr Robert Kirby, in response to a question raised by a member of his seminar’s audience yesterday.
“I think it’s a shame a small minority are preventing the growth of the economy,” he said, adding that “the government is slowly pulling off the hand brake but it will take some time.”
Dr Kirby was part of a panel of experts providing information at a seminar that focussed on the topic of “bringing out the best in people – managing human capital.”
Hosted by the Institute For Tourism Studies (IFT) and in collaboration with Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management, the seminars were held at the Venetian Macao, with the seminar preceding that of Dr. Kirby’s, titled “insights regarding the Macau consumer,” and given by Dr. Dioko, a Professor and Director of Research at the IFT.
Dr Kirby’s seminar focussed on six strategies to help bring out the best in people in the workplace and the importance for an organisation t have a clear vision or mission.
Some of the strategies covered topics ranging from recruitment, retention, development and learning from others. Read the rest of this entry »


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Nepalese community seek to educate through dance

Posted by Kimberly on December 11, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 11, 2007 (225 words)

Members of the Nepalese community in Macau have organised a show at the Macau Cultural Centre tonight to highlight their country’s talents and cultures, including a Gurung movie based on the traditional Gurung culture.

The event will be attended by the consul-general of Nepal (Hong Kong) Mr Keshab P Bhattarai who will be the chief guest with about 20 other guests also invited to attend.

Refreshments will be provided at the restaurant situated on the ground floor of the cultural centre at 6pm.

This is the first show of its kind In Macau for the Nepalese community, providing a means of education.

The Gurungs are one of the many ethnic groups living in Nepal, with the group of oriental origin who ere agriculturalist that migrated to the lower reaches of the country.

They fall into two major religious groups, whereby the highlanders are Buddhists and the lowlanders predominantly Hindu. Gurungs make up 2.43 percent of Nepal’s total population, or roughly 450,000 people.

The Nepalese community in Macau has been expanding largely due to the security that the Venetian has hired although there are also some members involved within the construction  industry.



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Students are given an educational hand in planning futures

Posted by Kimberly on November 14, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 14, 2007 (225 words)

Macau recently held its first Education Expo at the Venetian Macao last week to enable current students to make an educational choice when  it came to their future education or for those that were required to move abroad for education means.

The Expo was brought to Macau by Key Media International, the same team that has six years of experience organising the Hong Kong Education Expo.

It was brought here in a bid to assemble teachers and education experts from a variety of quality institutes worldwide to provide local parents and students the most comprehensive overseas studies information.

Universities and education institutes from the Mainland, United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan sent representatives to answer queries.

Some of the participating institutes also conducted admission interviews on the spot for interested and eligible students.

Expectations weren’t particularly high for this Expo as it was only the first and many parents and students were used to attending the Hong Kong version, but organisers hope that creating a local version would make it simpler and more convenient in the future.

During the opening press conference, a group of about 50 students were already waiting to address relevant exhibitors which included City University Hong Kong, Les Roches International School of Hotel Management and British United Education Services.

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IIUM Rector Ruben Cabral appointed for second four-year term

Posted by Kimberly on November 2, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 2, 2007, page 6 (303 words)


IIUM Rector Ruben Cabral was appointed for a second four-year term yesterday during a ceremony at the Macau Cultural Centre.
In addition, a new leadership team was also announced, including Keith Morrison as Vice-Rector for Educational Edevlopent; Jose Alves for Academic Affairs and Ivo Carneiro de Sousa for Research and International Relations, while The reverend Professor Dennis Rochford (Msc) was appointed as Deputy Rector.
The ceremony was presided over by The Most Reverend Bishop of Macau and by Professor Manuel Braga da Cruz, Rector of the Catholic University of Portugal (UPC).
During his speech at the ceremony Professor Cruz said, “during the ceremony, when I admitted him into office for his first term as Rector, I expressed, fervently, our confidence, in his capacity,” referring to Professor Cabral.
In his speech following that of Professor Cruz’s, Professor Cabral said that he was grateful to the governments and institutions of Macau, “for their generous assistance and demonstrated appreciation for the work already done and for the increased potential of our university.” Read the rest of this entry »

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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.” Read the rest of this entry »

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