University of Macau: a University with Unique Characteristics

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Profile of Professor Yonghua Song • Rector and Chair Professor of the University of Macau.

“Four reasons that make the University of Macau unique: it is the only public comprehensive university in the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, it has a special mission, a distinctive status, and a unique educational model.”

Professor Yonghua Song
Rector and Chair Professor, University of Macau

Professor Yonghua Song is the rector and a chair professor at the University of Macau. With his rich experience in higher education management at a senior level, he is particularly familiar with the development and operational models of higher education institutions in Europe, the United States and Asia.

He received his BEng and PhD from Chengdu University of Science and Technology (now Sichuan University) and the China Electric Power Research Institute. Subsequently, he was awarded a DSc by Brunel University, and an Honorary DEng by Bath University, for his outstanding contributions to power system research and knowledge.

In 2004, Professor Song was appointed pro-vice-chancellor for Graduate Studies at Brunel University, a first Chinese scholar to assume a senior management position of higher education in the UK. In 2007, he took up a pro-vice-chancellorship at the University of Liverpool, holding the executive president position at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.

In 2009, Professor Song returned to China and was appointed assistant president of Tsinghua University and director of the Chinese National Office of the Recruitment Program of Global Experts. From 2012 to 2017, he served as executive vice president of Zhejiang University, and the founding dean of its International Campus.

Professor Song actively promotes internationalisation, institutional cooperation and facilitates the recruitment of top young talent. He serves as the vice president of the Chinese Society of Educational Development Strategy (CSEDS) and the chair of the International Education Committee, where he focuses on promoting and formulating education development strategies, and education planning, in addition to conducting research and giving advice on major policy-making.

Professor Song enjoys an international reputation in areas such as energy, information and control engineering. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) in 2004, and an IEEE fellow in 2007.

He is a fellow of the International Euro-Asia Academy of Sciences, IET Fellow, vice president of the Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering (CSEE), vice president of the Chinese Electrotechnical Society, and an expert on the World Bank Energy Program for Romania Power, and for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) aided project for Chinese Power Industry Reform.