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Technical Visit

2014MIECF Technical Visit
Free of Charge


29/3/2014 Saturday


10:00-11:00 (English / Mandarin tour guide) & 11:00-12:00 (Mandarin tour guide)


Cotai Ecological Zones OR New Campus of the University of Macau

Assembly Point:

Information Counter at Expo Hall Foyer

Assembly Time:

First Tour:09:15 / Second Tour:10:15


40pax/ tour (Limited Capacity, First-come-first-served)

Enrollment Method:

Please sign up with Admission Pass or Exhibitor Pass at the time and venue as follow:
26/3 14:00-18:00 Secretariat Hall A Foyer
27/3 11:00-18:30 & 28/3 09:00-18:00 Official Travel Agent Counter in Expo Hall A

Cotai Ecological Zones
The Cotai Ecological Zones are located next to the Cotai Landfill Zone, with an extension of 55 hectares. These include an semi-enclosed area, Ecological Zone I, near the Lotus Bridge, with an area of 15 hectares, and an open area, Ecological Zone II, on the riverside, with an area of 40 hectares. At the east and north sides of the Ecological Zone I, four bird watching platforms were installed. This zone has aquatic shrubs, reeds, trees and mud, and it is connected, through culverts, to the Shizimen’s water course, the frontier to the Hengqin Island, next to. Inside Ecological Zone II, there are three artificial islands where you can find four local mangrove’s species: Acanthus ilicifolius, Kandelia obovata, Avicennia marina and Aegiceras corniculatum.
The Cotai Ecological Zones were established in 2004, and have been managed by a consulting form since then. It is also a research location; where data on benthos, plants, birds, water quality and environment conditions is continuous collected. The setting of this location, with its biological richness and food availability, leads dozens of permanent and migratory birds to choose it as a resting and feeding site. The Cotai Ecological Zones’ species richness consists of 309 plants, 35 fishes, 59 zoobenthos and 305 insects. The feeding richness attracted about 162 species of birds to the ecological zone, including some endangered species, such as the black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor) and the common buzzard (Buteo buteo). During the 2013 winter migration season, 60 black-faced spoonbills have been spotted living in the Cotai Ecological Zones.
The site also aims for environmental and biodiversity educational purposes, and, in 2013, received more than 1700 visitors to observe the birds and walk through the educational lane. In the coming future, new enrichment and upgrade of the educational facilities will turn the Cotai Ecological Zones into one of the top environmental and ecological education sites in Macao.

Cotai Ecological Zones

Bird hide

Natural Educational Lane

Black-faced spoonbills (Platalea minor) and Little egrets (Egretta garzetta) in the Cotai Ecological Zones

New Campus of the University of Macau
The University of Macau (UM) is a leading public comprehensive university in Macao. On 27 June 2009, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China adopted a bill that approved the construction of UM’s new campus on Hengqin Island, Guangdong province, and authorised Macao SAR to exercise jurisdiction over the new campus. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on 20 December 2009. Then Chinese president Hu Jintao officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony in the company of Macao SAR Chief Executive Chui Sai On. The inauguration ceremony for the new campus was held on 5 November 2013, ushering in a new era in higher education development in Macao.
There will be approximately eight faculties on the new campus, namely Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Faculty of Design. These faculties will offer a greater variety of programmes to provide more choices for local secondary school graduates, thereby nurturing professionals in various fields to contribute to economic diversification of Macao. A residential college system, which is adopted by many world-class universities around the world, will be implemented on the new campus to provide a multifaceted education to the students. Between 8 and 12 residential colleges will be established in the future.
There is an open scientific research base on the new campus, which will house UM’s two state key laboratories in Chinese medicine and microelectronics. The research base will mainly focus on medical sciences, information and electronics, and energy and environment, and is expected to facilitate technology transfer and incubation of innovative industries. The research base will not only help enhance joint research efforts between UM and other universities in Macao, the Pearl River Delta region and China, but will also create opportunities for Macao-Guangdong collaboration and economic diversification of Macao.
The new campus is a modern, efficient and environmentally friendly campus with advanced facilities and much larger green space. Renewable energy will be used whenever possible for resource conservation. Sufficient areas will be reserved for sustainable development.


Residential College

UM Landmark Building – Library

Central Teaching Building

Scientific Research Base