Grooming young talent for the future

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Chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Zhang Dejiang expressed four wishes to young local people during yesterday’s meeting with the city’s tertiary education sector at the University of Macau (UMAC) on the last day of his visit to Macau.
Zhang encouraged young people in his first wish to aim high, indicating that young people should align their personal growth with the city’s prospects.
He also stressed the importance of having a patriotic mind as well as the determination to serve the city.
Secondly, the NPC Chairman hopes youngsters can be more exposed to national history, in particular the years following the inauguration of New China in 1949.
The third wish made by Zhang for the city’s young people is to become the successors and contributors to ‘One country, two system’.
He also urged the young generation to treasure the efforts made by their predecessors.
Zhang hopes young people can learn from Sun Yat-sen, the founding Father of the Republic of China, while lamenting the many difficulties China has had to overcome to achieve its current success, advocating that one should be proud to be part of the Chinese nation.
During yesterday’s forum, the chairman said that the central government takes great interest in the city’s education development as well as the growth of its young population.
He encouraged the MSAR to grasp available resources in order to consolidate and develop the city’s condition of good governance, peaceful community and prosperity.
“The important mission is to cultivate and reserve a large number of young people who possess virtue and knowledge to rule and make the city prosper,” he said.
Educators have important duties and responsibilities, as pointed out by Zhang, noting they do not merely spread knowledge but guide and direct students.
The NPC Chairman reiterated the success of ‘One country, two system’, and in comparing the city’s data over the years noted that local GDP has increased from MOP50.27 billion (US$6.27 billion) in 1999 to MOP358.2 billion in 2016.

Report and suggestions
Prior to the speech made by Chairman Zhang, six attendees representing the city’s education sector and students reported and made suggestions to the NPC Chairman.
The President of Macao Polytechnic Institute, Professor Lei Heong Iok, stressed the importance of strengthening the cultivation of young talent in order to improve local competitiveness.
The Principal of Keang Peng School, Lai Sai Kei, took the opportunity to express the importance of strengthening the education of Chinese history and culture so as to ensure the value of ‘love the country and Macau’ is successfully transmitted to future generations.
On the other hand, Professor U Seng Pan from UMAC discussed the stimulation of local scientific development to assist in diversifying the local economy.
Loi I Weng, a teacher from Hou Kong Middle School, perceived that self-cultivation of educators and teachers can improve the city’s education level, while students’ representative Darren Leong, President of the General Assembly of the UMAC Students Association, advocated that university students focus on their specialties, monitor society and grow while practising.
Joe Lei Sio Chou, President of the executive committee of the General Association of Chinese Students of Macao, suggested strengthening the exchange between students from Macau and Mainland China.