Introduction

The Macao Young Scholars Program Proposal (hereinafter referred to as the “Proposal”) will offer “post-doctoral training” to outstanding Mainland doctoral degree holders, and train outstanding postdoctoral fellows so as to cultivate high-quality talents and facilitate the development in science, technology, economy and culture. The Program is proposed by The Association for Promotion of Science and Technology of Macau (hereinafter referred to as the “Association”, managed and implemented by the China National Postdoctoral Council under the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (hereinafter referred to as “Postdoctoral Council”), and our Association will assist in the recommendation and application work of Macao Scholars.

Constructing an innovative country is not only our national development strategy but also the key to enhance our comprehensive national power. We thus should focus on the training of researchers and innovators, strive to cultivate world-class scientists and leaders in the field of science and technology, and enhance our capability of independent innovation.

Macao is a special administrative region with special geographical location and historical factors in China. It has frequent exchanges with the international community and has huge potential for development and progress. Macao has also carried out the mission of building a "world leisure tourism center and a Portuguese-speaking country business platform" for the country. The continuous upgrading and development of Macao will inevitably require the construction and efforts of highly educated talents. At the same time, it also puts forward new historical requirements for Macao's talent pool. The Macao SAR Government and all sectors of the community attach great importance to investment in higher education. In the past 19 years, remarkable progress has been made in terms of high-quality staffing, important research equipment, research results, and talent training. Macao universities have made remarkable achievements in certain areas of scientific research and technological innovation, reaching domestic leading and internationally renowned standards, and some academic research fields are active at the international frontier. Among various internationally accepted university rankings, the rankings of Macao's representative Macau universities and Macau University of Science and Technology have significantly increased in the past few years. At present, the Ministry of Science and Technology has set up the State Key Laboratory of Microelectronics and the State Key Laboratory of Chinese Medicine Quality Research at the University of Australia and the University of Science and Technology of Australia. The other two are actively preparing for the State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Science and the State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart Cities.

To facilitate the continuous development of Macao society, and to make further progress of education and research, it is necessary to introduce high-level postdoctoral fellows working in the technology and research innovation field. We will definitely advance the human, economic, social and technological development if we strive to combine the talent and research resources of two places and conduct exchange among postdoctoral fellows from the Mainland and Macao. The exchange program will be not only beneficial for the cultivation of high-quality innovative talents with global visions for Mainland, but also will facilitate the further development of Macao’s technology innovation.  Macao Young Scholar Program will be an ideal channel for the exchange of talents from Mainland and Macao. By building a critical mass of professionals with “Chinese hearts and deep love for Macao”, Macao will successfully integrate its development into the trend of national development and strive to contribute to academic knowledge that fuels the revival of the Chinese economy.