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UM Faculty of Law to launch master’s

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The University of Macau’s Faculty of Law plans to create a master’s degree in local law practice “with emphasis on Portuguese and Chinese languages,” the new dean revealed yesterday.
John Mo Shijian, who was appointed as dean last December, said, quoted by Rádio Macau, that the master’s would be mostly aimed at local students who have completed a Chinese-language law bachelor’s degree.
Mo’s appointment was criticised because the mainland scholar has no prior connection to the local legal system. But yesterday the expert stressed that he “was not hired to teach Macau law”.
He said his role would mainly be “to improve aspects of the faculty’s internationalisation”. The faculty needs to enhance academic ties with neighbouring countries and regions and play a greater role internationally,” Mo said, according to a statement released upon his appointment.
The scholar admitted that he has been studying the Macau law and added it was “an opportunity” to learn something new. He added that his background in mainland Chinese Law and Common Law was no major obstacle for his work.
Mo spoke to media on the sidelines of the first day of the international forum on ‘University Management: Key to Competitiveness’.

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