Wynn continues to support the University of Macau across research, teaching and academic development
Macau, August 10, 2021 – Extending one of the company's most significant corporate social responsibility initiatives, Wynn Resorts (Macau) S.A. has announced a donation of MOP 80 million to the University of Macau Development Foundation (UMDF). The contribution will support the ongoing development of the University of Macau and its Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management.
A cheque donation ceremony took place at Wynn Palace on August 9. Ms. Linda Chen, President and Executive Director of Wynn Resorts (Macau) S.A. and Vice Chairman and Executive Director of Wynn Macau, Limited, and Mr. Ian Michael Coughlan, President and Executive Director of Wynn Macau, Limited presented the cheque on behalf of Wynn, which was received by Dr. Lam Kam Seng Peter, University Council Chair / Chair of the Trustees Committee of UMDF, and Prof. Yonghua Song, UM Rector / Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of UMDF. The event was also graced by the presence of Prof. Jean Jinghan Chen, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau; Prof. Rob Law, Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management, University of Macau / UMDF Chair Professor of Smart Tourism; Ms. Cindy Yuk Yee Lam, Director of the Alumni and Development Office, University of Macau; Prof. Angus C. Chu, Distinguished Professor, Head of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau; Ms. Katharine Liu, Senior Vice President of Communications of Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace; Ms. Jasmine Cheong, Assistant Vice President of Community and Government Relations of Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace; and Mr. Jason Ni, Assistant Vice President of Research, Planning and Strategy of Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace.
The Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management of the University of Macau highlights interdisciplinary cooperation, with its aim being to promote interdisciplinary research that has significant implications for the socio-economic development of Macau and the Greater Bay Area. It achieves effective research results by integrating comprehensive professional knowledge from different colleges and faculties, with the research focusing on three main areas, namely financial innovation, smart tourism and Asia-focused economics. At the beginning of this year, the Academy hosted the "Smart Tourism Symposium 2021 – Macau Smart City Initiative: Opportunities and Challenges for the Tourism Industry", which invited representatives from the government, industry and academic sectors to discuss the current issues and opportunities facing Macau's tourism industry. Ms. Linda Chen, Vice Chairman and Executive Director of Wynn Macau, Limited, was invited to participate in the discussion and share her experience. She also gave a speech titled "Using Smart City Technology to Boost Macau's Development as a World Centre for Tourism and Leisure" to discuss potential approaches for Macau's tourism industry, particularly on offering inspiration to the development strategy of Macau's tourism industry in the post-pandemic era.
Over the years, Wynn has been committed to supporting the development of the University of Macau through the UMDF, including the academic and research initiatives of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management, and collaboration with the Faculty of Business Administration, the Faculty of Science and Technology, and the State Key Laboratory of the Internet of Things for Smart City in carrying out interdisciplinary cooperation, as well as actively providing academic and technical support to the economic development of the Greater Bay Area.