UOG Students Learn Mandarin in Macau


Guam – Fifteen University of Guam students are studying Mandarin at the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) June 18 to July 12, 2013 during a four-week Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture Summer Experience program organized by the two institutions.

Students are staying at the MUST dorms and are studying Mandarin as well as learning about Chinese culture, food, and exercising by practicing Tai Chi.

The experience is amazing,” said UOG student Shane Ogo. “We have close interaction with Chinese people and I am progressing on learning the language. Overall I am having a fantastic journey here at MUST.” 

[ UOG students and UOG professor Dr. Curtis Rigsby are pictured with the big G in front of the façade of St. Paul’s Church, a symbol of Macau’s Portuguese history. Pictured from left first row: Naoko Rigsby, Dr. Curtis Rigsby, Alex Marie Rojales, Elisa Balbuena, Imelda Laroco, Janessa Marquette, and Natalia Chargualaf; from left second row: Justin Brown, Tatiana Perez, Megan Merfalen, Julie Lu, Nick Martinez, Johnny Abrazado, Eric Rabago, and Daniel Peck. Not pictured: Shane Ogo and Gregorio Borja.]

Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and is a jet ferry ride from Hong Kong. A city of 578,000, Macau is one of the most densely populated areas in the world with a land mass of 29.7 square kilometers compared to Guam’s 540 square kilometers.

“Macau is not only a place to learn Mandarin, but also an awesome international experience all together!” added UOG student Nick Martinez.

The program was organized by UOG’s Professional and International Programs Office with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students as there are extreme differences between Guam and Macau in terms of population, green space, food, energy, transportation, and the environment,” said Cathleen Moore-Linn, Professional and International Programs director. “In addition to learning Mandarin they will no doubt reflect on the importance of Guam’s environment and open spaces to our quality of life.”

The UOG Professional and International Programs Office plans to organize a similar program in Korea next summer in conjunction with Chonbuk National University to study Korean language and culture. These programs are only available to UOG students. 

[UOG students,  teachers and tutors pictured at the Macau University of Science and Technology.]