BRIEFS: UM to confer five honorary doctorates

The University of Macau (UM) will be conferring honorary doctorates on five individuals who the university believes have accomplished outstanding achievements and made significant contributions to social development and education. The conferral ceremony will take place on December 6 at 11 a.m. in UM’s University Hall. The five individuals chosen by UM this year include three Nobel Prize winners, namely Prof Robert C Merton, Prof Chen-Ning Franklin Yang, and Prof Mo Yan, as well as two distinguished individuals in the field of civil engineering, Prof Lee Chack Fan and Ir Siu Yin Wai.

Manson Fok wins Gusi Peace Prize

The Gusi Peach Prize Foundation based in the Philippines has recognized the contributions of a laureate from Macau this year, noting his efforts in medical and healthcare projects including the Sino-Luso International Medical Forums he launched in Macau in 2011.The laureate, Manson Fok, has served as the Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences at Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST). Based on his medical charitable work, his scientific research and his healthcare projects, Mr Fok was chosen as the sole representative of China in the field of Medicine, Healthcare, Enterprise and Humanitarianism. Acclaimed as “Asia’s Nobel Peace Prize,” the Gusi Prize was inaugurated in honor of Gemeniano Javier Gusi, a World War II guerrilla who fought against the Japanese’ invasion and later became a politician and human rights champion. The Gusi laureates will be given their awards in Manila on the Philippines’ “Gusi Peace Prize International Friendship Day” on November 26. Among these laureates are former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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