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Macau University celebrates
Staff Reporter
update on Friday, February 25, 2011

The University of Macao (UM) is celebrating its 30th year, and various activities will be held later this year.

During the launch last weekend, guests were invited to each lay a brick on the top of a model foundation to signify the official start of the celebrations - and to celebrate the links between academia and the community. Noting that the new UM campus on Hengqin Island would be ready by end-2012, Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai-on pledged continued support for the university.

The UM was founded in 1981 as a private institution by the name of University of East Asia. It offers 100 bachelor's, master's and PhD programmes, with English being the main medium of instruction.Xinhua

Foreigners happy Down Under

A survey of 36,000 international students at Australian universities found most were happy with their experiences there.

Despite recent attacks on foreign students, the 2010 International Student Barometer - released by Universities Australia - showed almost all respondents said they felt safe on campus, but only 70 per cent felt safe on public transport. Seventy-four per cent said catering was disappointing, while there was low satisfaction about work opportunities, employability and career advice.Xinhua

Obama appeals to private sector

United States President Barack Obama says better education in maths and science is critical in stimulating innovation and jobs, and he wants the private sector to get involved in making it happen.

At a visit this week to Intel Corp outside of Portland, Oregon, Obama praised the company for making a 10-year, US$200 million commitment to promote maths and science education.

Obama's West Coast swing included a dinner with big names in California's Silicon Valley, such as Apple's Steve Jobs and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.AP

Cleaning up after royals

If you were not lucky enough to be one of the 1,900 people invited to Prince William's wedding in London, you could always get a job making coffee for the guests or washing up afterwards.

Queen Elizabeth has placed two job adverts on for a general assistant (coffee room) and a general assistant (wash-up).

Both pay about £14,000 (HK$176,715) a year and the posts are based at Buckingham Palace in London, although both appointees will have to travel to other royal homes.

If neither of those jobs grabs you, the queen is also looking for someone to earn up to £75,000 a year as head of royal travel, to ensure the royal family travels in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way.Reuters

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