Human Resource Planning in the Public Service: Case of Macau





The Faculty of Business and Law of USJ hosted a public lecture on Human Resource Planning in Public Services by Mr. Sou Chio Fai, for students of government studies and public administration in Macao.

Mr. Sou Chio Fai, Former Director of the Macau Youth and Education Bureau, Higher Education Bureau and Secretary General of Talent Development Commission of Macau SAR gave a public lecture at the University of Saint Joseph on March 15th 2021. The Faculty of Business and Law of the university of Sant Joseph hosted the event to stimulate a discussion on the Human Resource Planning in Public Services amongst students of government studies and public administration in Macao. This is a topic of particular importance after recent announcements to expedite public administration reform and nurture and develop talent within the ranks of the public service by the Chief Executive of Macau SAR, Mr. Ho Iat Seng during his policy address for 2021.

According to Mr. Sou, Macao’s human resources were greatly enhanced with the establishment of the educational sector with the setting up of primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions in Macao by the government. The cultural and structural influence of the Portuguese administration can be characterised by expansion and localisation which commenced in the 1980’s and continued onwards after the transition period after 1999. The establishment of specialised tertiary educational institutions specialising in areas of Law, Public administration, Education and Tourism were set up to meet the demands of the growing public administration needs of the ever growing population of Macao before and after 1999. These strategic enhancements were measures taken to plan for the demands in the growing sectors within the public administration and other supporting sectors. Therefore, human resource planning is, in essence, to ensuring an adequate level of quality human resource to meet the challenges brought about by the demands of residents of Macau and goals set out by our Chief Executive. These challenges include the reduction in quality human resources in the public sector due to an ageing population and questions of regional integration of Macao society and the Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macao Greater Bay Area.

The event was well participated with students from the University of Saint Joseph Masters in Government Studies Programme, Post Graduate Diploma of Education Programme and Public Administration Programme of the Macao Polytechnic Institute. University of Saint Joseph is committed to providing a platform for discussion and addressing relevant and up-to-date issues for learning across disciplines.

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