A very warm welcome to Moon Chun Memorial College, I am delighted to extend an invitation to visit our website and to explore something of the character of MCM and the degree to which its alliances and points of insertion with the other RCs strengthen the totality and quality of the University’s provision. It does this through six co-related imperatives: Quality and Distinctiveness, Élan and Flair, and Identity and Brand.
But first some background. I guess in some ways I am considered to be atypical for a musician and educator in a world composed of typologised professions, where careers are etymologised and where people become specialised and experts. That is not my account. My career history has been spent as a leader. I have served as Director (Vice Chancellor) of three progressive colleges; Birmingham Conservatoire, Dartington College – liberal arts college – and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Recently, I have been Chairman of one of the Royal Academies, of a top theatre company, and a board director of an arts university.
I am someone who, especially in recent years, has found himself working across the arts, not simply performing arts but across visual and applied arts, and across national boundaries. I am very interested in the creativeness we each carry within us, and how it can be applied in similar and dissimilar ways. I look to be a catalyst in enabling other artists’ work to be more expressive, communicative or approachable. When others are running before the wind, propelled by what they see, hear, experience, touch and feel, I am beside them to facilitate putting together a concert, an exhibition programme series, producing a film, radio programme, or the writing of a book. It is in this way that I think I can add something important to our evolving model of Colleges which is quite distinct to UM and Macau itself.
As Master, I will lead the College in engaging with the University’s international agenda, with the wider world, and with the College’s alumni and stakeholders. I look forward to building the alliances and points of insertion with the other Colleges in order to strengthen the totality and quality of the University’s provision through implementing our six co-related imperatives: Quality and Distinctiveness, Élan and Flair, and Identity and Brand.
Now is the opportunity for The University of Macau to become a concentration of world-class education, science and culture. The implemention of the University’s “4-in-1” approach to whole-person education, cross-disciplinary perspectives and international connectivity is a fundamental step in our students’ participation in the cultural and creative growth of Macau. Lives and intellects are broadened when students spend time outside of the curriculum. Such students often have an edge when it comes to competing in the workplace. More importantly, they have the tools with which to lead more balanced and fulfilling lives.