University of Macau
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|Universidade de Macau
|University of East Asia
Motto in English
|Humanity, integrity, propriety, wisdom and sincerity|
|Established||28 March 1981
(University of East Asia)
12 September 1991
(University of Macau)
(University of East Asia)
(University of Macau)
|Vice Rector||Lionel M. Ni
Rui Paulo da Silva Martins
Haydn H. D. Chen
Alex Lai Iat Long
|Location||Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau,
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|Campus||Suburb and Concession
109 hectares (1.09 km2)
|Colours||Blue, Red and Gold
|Affiliations||UMAP, IAU, IAUP, CRUP, AULP|
|University of Macau|
The University of Macau (abbreviation: UM, Portuguese: Universidade de Macau, Chinese: 澳門大學) is the only public comprehensive university located in Macau, being the leading tertiary institution of the city which has excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. Founded in 1981, it is the oldest higher educational institution in Macau, as well as the largest university in the city in terms of faculty size and programmes offered.
It was established as the University of East Asia, which was a private university followed British university structure and most students came from British Hong Kong. As the preparation of Macau's handover, it was renamed to University of Macau, acquired as a public university and reformed to Portuguese university structure by the government of Portuguese Macau.
The university's campus is located in Taipa. It is organised into seven academic faculties and eight residential colleges. The main medium of instruction is English, while certain courses are taught in Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese.
- 1 History
- 2 University Identity
- 3 Reputation and rankings
- 4 Academic organisations
- 4.1 Faculty of Arts and Humanities
- 4.2 Faculty of Business Administration
- 4.3 Faculty of Education
- 4.4 Faculty of Health Sciences
- 4.5 Faculty of Law
- 4.6 Faculty of Science and Technology
- 4.7 Faculty of Social Sciences
- 4.8 Honours College
- 4.9 Graduate School
- 4.10 Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences
- 4.11 Center for Macau Studies
- 4.12 Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management
- 5 Residential colleges
- 6 Campus
- 7 Academic links
- 8 Notable alumni
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
University of Macau's predecessor is the privately owned University of East Asia which was established in 1981. The university started with undergraduate programmes which followed the academic structure of British universities with three years of study. English was the main medium of instruction and the majority of the students were from Hong Kong. In 1984, the university graduated its first students and awarded the honorary doctorates for the first time.
In 1988, the Portuguese Macau government entrusted the Macau Foundation to acquire the university. The undergraduate programmes were expanded to four-year programmes which followed the academic structure of Portuguese universities in 1990, while English remained the main medium of instruction. In 1991, a new university charter was put in place, the university became a public university and was renamed as University of Macau. The student enrollment rose to about 3,000 and the percentage of local students rose to above 80% just before the Macau's handover. The first master's degree students graduated in 1995 and the first doctoral degree student graduated in 1997.
In 2009, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted a bill which approved the construction of the new campus of University of Macau on Hengqin, Zhuhai, Guangdong and authorized the Macau SAR government over the jurisdiction of the area. Later on, President Hu Jintao officiated the new campus groundbreaking ceremony. In July 2013, the new campus officially came under the jurisdiction of Macau SAR government. In November 2013, Vice Premier Wang Yang officiated the inauguration of the new campus. In August 2014, the university successfully completed the relocation to the new campus and the 2014/2015 academic year officially started.
However, several old campus buildings are still used for evening classes and promotional activities. The buildings maintained are the Library building, the Center for Macau Studies, the Center for Engineering Research and Testing and the Center for Continuing Education.
UM undertakes as its prime mission the advancement of scholarship and education in the realms of humanities, social sciences, business, law, natural sciences, engineering, health sciences, education and other areas.
- Providing higher education in accordance with the University Motto (Humanity, Integrity, Propriety, Wisdom and Sincerity).
- Promoting academic research and disseminating knowledge.
- Advancing culture, science and technology and promoting Macao's growth.
- Cultivating responsible citizens and leaders of high caliber who possess sound moral judgment and the ability of independent thinking necessary to meet the needs of development of Macao and the region.
✪ In Chinese: 澳 大 ✪ In English : UM ✪ In Portuguese: UM
Reputation and rankings
|QS (Global version)
QS (Asia version)
The university has seven faculties in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences.The university also administrates Honours College, Graduate School, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, Center for Macau Studies, Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management, English Language Centre and Centre for Continuing Education. They offer postgraduate and undergraduate programmes with more than 500 academic staff members involved in teaching and research.
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH) comprises the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, the Department of English and the Department of Portuguese, the Centre for Japanese Studies, the English Language Centre and it also hosts programmes in Translation Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies, French, Spanish, German and Korean.
The Faculty has various facilities devoted to student development, including Language Labs where students practice simultaneous translation and machine-aided translation or perfect their skills in Portuguese, Spanish, German, Japanese or French. A black box theatre hosts various drama productions within the Faculty. 
Faculty of Business Administration
 The Faculty of Business Administration is the largest faculty in the university. The medium of instruction for courses offered in the faculty is English. It offers several business programmes through its four departments: Department of Accounting and Information Management, Department of Finance and Business Economics, Department of Management and Marketing, and Hospitality and Gaming Management Program.
Faculty of Education
 The Faculty of Education offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes. The Faculty provides degree programmes of Secondary Education in Chinese, English and Mathematics, Primary Education and Pre-Primary Education, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, School Counselling, Curriculum and Instruction, Physical Education and Sports Studies, etc.
Faculty of Health Sciences
The Faculty of Health Sciences is a newly established faculty which concentrates on the fields of life sciences and medicine.
Faculty of Law
The Faculty of Law offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and postgraduate certificate programmes in the Chinese, Portuguese and English languages. The bachelor’s programmes is to prepare jurists who are familiar with Macau SAR legal system; the master’s and doctoral Programmes purport to educate knowledgeable and qualified legal professional jurists who are competent to conduct theoretical research and teaching in Macau Law, Comparative Law, European Law, International Law and International Business Law. The teaching system of the Faculty basically follows the Roman-German regime with strict standards in teaching style, student recruitment and examination. The faculty members consist of legal experts from Macau, Mainland China, Portugal, Austria, Italy, Brazil, Belgium, India and other countries.
Faculty of Science and Technology
The Faculty of Science and Technology was founded in 1989. A solid undergraduate four-year degree in the following departments has been developed: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Electromechanical Engineering, Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering and Department of Mathematics. More and more students have been accepted in big firms world-wide, adding to the rising recognition of the University of Macau in recent years. Graduate degrees in the Faculty has been developed since 1993, in the field of Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Information Engineering, E-Commerce, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Applied Physics and Materials Engineering.
There are various kinds of enriched laboratories for teaching and research purposes in various science and engineering fields.
Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social Sciences consists of the Department of Communication, the Department of Economics, the Department of Government and Public Administration, the Department of History, the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sociology. The Faculty provides more than several courses on average every semester, including Economics, Statistics, Econometrics, Political Science, Public Administration, Contemporary China Studies, Sociology, Communications, Journalism and Public Communication, Psychology, Historical and Cultural Relations between the East and the West, etc. The Faculty also offers a variety of master’s and doctoral programmes.
The Honours College of University of Macau is the first Honours College established in Macao.
Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences
The Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences (ICMS) was established as the first research-oriented institute in Macau in 2002.
ICMS currently offers the PhD degree programme in Biomedical Sciences, and Master of Science degree programmes in Chinese Medicinal Science and Medicinal Administration, respectively.
Center for Macau Studies
Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management
Stanley Ho East Asia College
|Master||Vai Pun Iu|
Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College
Moon Chun Memorial College
Shiu Pong College
Cheng Yu Tung College
Chao Kuang Piu College
|Master||Chuan Sheng Liu|
Choi Kai Yau College
Lui Che Woo College
|Master||Chung Laung Liu|
Wu Yee Sun Library
The University of Macau Wu Yee Sun Library is the largest library in Macau. It is a 7 storeys building that has a floor area of 32,000 square metres and a seating capacity of approximately 3,000. The print collection includes 600,000 volumes of monographs, 6,000 periodical titles, and 13,000 volumes of old Chinese editions.
On 27 June 2009 it was announced by the Government of Macau that the University of Macau will build its new campus in Hengqin island, in a stretch directly facing the Cotai area, south of the border post. The Central People's Government authorised the Government of Macau to have jurisdiction over the isolated university campus and the legal system of Macau is applied in it. An underwater tunnel connecting the university campus to Macau is also included, in order for everyone in Macau can have free access to the university campus.
The university has been relocated to the new campus in August 2014.
Since 1991, the university has established academic links and collaborations with more than 100 institutions around the world. It is a member of the International Association of Universities, the International Association of University Presidents, the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific and the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific. The university's student exchange programmes bring over 300 students every year. The university is allowed to recruit students in 31 provinces and cities in China.
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