The City University of Macau and the Macau Documentation and Information Society (MDIS) have jointly established the first Memory of the World (MOW) Knowledge Centre which opened at the City University of Macau on 21 November 2016. A special exhibition on Memory of the World inscriptions was curated for the occasion.
The Centre was proposed by Professor Lothar Jordan, Vice-Chair of the Memory of the World International Advisory Committee, on behalf of the Sub-Committee on Education and Research (SCEaR) of the Memory of the World Programme. Dr. Helen H.K. Ieong, the Director of MDIS, lead the initiative, supported by Professor S.G. Zhang, the Rector of the City University of Macau. There was wide support for the initiative including from MOWCAP (Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific), UNESCO, Macau scholars, etc.
The main mission of the Centre is to support the MoW programme in the field of education and research, to spread MoW Studies in Macau, and to provide a solid ground for exploring synergies with the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage (WCH) and Intangible Heritage (ICH) programmes.
The Vice-Chairs of the MoW International Advisory Committee (IAC), Prof. Lothar Jordan and Prof. Papa Momar Diop, other members of the IAC and chairs of its sub-committees and Macau government officers, archivists, librarians, historical researchers, scholars, and students were at the Opening Ceremony and the Forum which followed the opening. The Forum had the title: “Access to knowledge via access to archives and documents”.
The visitors were also hosted at Tong Name School where they met students who talked about what they had been learning about UNESCO and the Memory of the World Programme. The visitors were very impressed by the posters that had been prepared by the students on Memory of the World international inscriptions.