Let Our Students Achieve Balanced Development
An Interview with LCWC Master Prof Yip Ming Chuen
Text：Ella Cheong, Senior UM Reporter Sally Liang │ Photo：Jack Ho, Editorial Board
A rainbow is beautiful because of its richness in color. The Lui Che Woo College (LCWC), with its emphasis on balanced development, hopes to turn out students just like rainbows, shining with diverse talents, skills, and interests. Prof Yip Ming Chuen, master of the college, says, ‘What distinguishes us from the other RCs is that we don’t just focus on one single area; we want our students to discover their strengths and interests and achieve balanced development in different areas.’
Prof Yip Ming Chuen, College Master
Encouraging Students to Discover Themselves
An expert on mechanics of materials, Prof Yip has more than 30 years of experience in teaching and research, including 27 years at Taiwan’s Tsing Hua University as its senior vice president of operations and dean of student affairs. Prof Yip has repeatedly stressed that we live in an era where leadership skills are essential, and he hopes students will become socially responsible leaders who, instead of single-mindedly pursuing material possession, pursue the question of what they can do to contribute to the sustainable development of humanity. He says, ‘I often encourage my students to learn more about themselves, to find the meaning for their lives through interacting with the community and serving others. That’s why we try to create as many opportunities as possible for them to do that. For instance, we would organize volunteer teaching programmes, community service programmes, and cultural exchange programmes.’
I want the LCWC to be a place where students find and chase their dreams through experiential learning
Cultivating an Attitude of Serving Others
The LCWC attaches great importance to cultivating an attitude of serving others in the students. To this end, the college has organized a series of serving learning programmes, both in and outside of Macao. Through these programmes, students from the LCWC have made a difference, however small, in various parts of the world. For instance, they helped build a bio-toilet in a rural area in Vietnam.
They also helped build a dam and a Chiang Rai, a city in the north of Thailand, as well as provided volunteer teaching and organized extracurricular activities for children from the local schools. They conducted long-distance volunteer teaching and summer holiday volunteer teaching in Liangshan, Sichuan province. They assisted with the conservation of Fujian Tulou and the construction of a rural residential college. They even travelled all the way to Kenya, Africa, to participate in a community service programme. As the college master likes to say, ‘Every student should cultivate an attitude of serving others.’
A Big Caring Family
Prof Yip has had many shared memories with college members, but the most unforgettable one was that of Typhoon Hato in 2017. He recalls how everyone in the college supported each other during and after the typhoon, and how the students initiated a street cleanup campaign to help local residents. For the students, though, among their most cherished memories of this father-like college master is perhaps his culinary skills.
His signature dish, known as the ‘College Master’s Fried Rice’, is very popular with the students. He sometimes invites students to his house where he serves them this signature dish and seafood porridge as late night snacks. Prof Yip hopes to make the college feel like a big caring family where college members can freely learn, explore, discover themselves, care about each other, and grow together. ‘We support our students in their studies and we care about them in their daily lives,’ he says. ‘We encourage them to come to us if they have any problems. I also want the RC to be a place where students find and chase their dreams through experiential learning.’