University of Macau
|University of Macau|
|Universidade de Macau
|Motto||仁義禮知信 (Classical Chinese)|
|Motto in English||Humanity, integrity, propriety, wisdom and sincerity|
|Established||28 March 1981|
|Vice Rector||Simon Shun Man Ho
Rui Paulo da Silva Martins
Haydn Hai Dong Chen
Alex Iat Long Lai
|Campus||Urban, 5.4141 hectares (54,141 m2)|
|Former names||University of East Asia (1981-1991)|
|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) has its origins in St. Paul´s College, founded in the 16th century by the Society of Jesus, and its modern reestablishment happened in 1981. It was the first and currently the largest university in Macau, a former Portuguese colony. Before it was renamed in 1991, it was formerly known as the University of East Asia (Portuguese: Universidade da Ásia Oriental, Chinese: 東亞大學). The university offers Doctoral, Master's and Bachelor's degree programs. English is the main medium of instruction, although certain programs are taught in Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese.
The university's campus on Taipa Island has expanded dramatically in recent years as a result of the region's rapid economic development and Macau's 1999 return to China. This expansion has allowed Macau to develop local talent as it evolves beyond its colonial past. Student enrollment rose from several hundred students in the 1980s to over eight thousand today. Over the same period, the percentage of local Macanese students has soared from 39% to 80%. A new campus on Hengqin Island is presently being built.
University of Macau's predecessor is the privately owned University of East Asia which was established in 1981. The university started with several undergraduate programs 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 1988, the Macau government entrusted the Macau Foundation to acquire the university. The three-year undergraduate programs were expanded to four-year programs, while English remained the main medium of instruction. In 1991, a new university charter was put in place and the university became a public university and was renamed as University of Macau. The student enrollment rose to about three thousands and the percentage of Macau students rose to above 80%. Major construction began in 2003, that includes a new academic building, a student center, four hostel buildings for housing students and staff, a scientific research center building, as well as the Chinese Medicine Center.
The university has five faculties in the fields of Business Administration, Social Sciences and Humanities, Science and Technology, Law, and Education, as well as the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences. They offer doctorate, master's, undergraduate, and Bacharelato (higher diploma) programs with more than 400 academic staff members involved in teaching and research.
Faculty of Business Administration 
The Faculty of Business Administration is the largest faculty in the university enrolling about one-third of the undergraduate. The medium of instruction for courses offered in the faculty is English. Currently it offers nine different undergraduate programs through its three departments: Department of Accounting and Information Management, Department of Finance and Business Economics, and Department of Management and Marketing. In addition, the Faculty of Business Administration also offers a two-year MBA program as well as eight doctorate programs.
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities 
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities consists of the Department of Chinese, the Department of Communication, the Department of Economics, the Department of English, the Department of Government and Public Administration, the Department of Portuguese, the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sociology. The Faculty provides more than 500 courses on average every semester, including Economics, Statistics, Econometrics, Political Science, Public Administration, Contemporary China Studies, Sociology, Chinese, Portuguese, English, Communications, Journalism and Public Communication, Psychology, Japanese, Historical and Cultural Relations between the East and the West, etc. The Faculty also offers a variety of master’s and doctoral programmes.
Every year, the Faculty arranges internships in local companies and government departments. More than 12 exchange programmes have been established with universities in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Portugal and the USA.
Faculty of Science and Technology 
The Faculty of Science and Technology was founded in 1989. Currently, a solid undergraduate four-year degree in the following departments has been developed: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Department of Electromechanical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science 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, leading to the Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, E-Commerce, Mathematics.
At present, there are 33 laboratories for teaching and research purposes in various science and engineering fields.
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 PhD 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 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 Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, Physical Education and Sports Studies, etc. An internship system is well established for students to have academic and educational exchanges with other education institutes and universities and to deepen their understanding on contemporary international education.
The library 
The University of Macau Library is the largest library in Macau. It is a five-storey building that has a working space area of 15,000 m² and a seating capacity of approximately 700. The print collection includes 480,000 volumes of monographs, 4,000 periodical titles, and 12,000 volumes of old Chinese editions.
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 Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific and the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific. The university's student exchange programmes currently bring over 100 students every year from Europe, Japan, Philippines, New Zealand and the United States. Starting in 2001, the university has been recruiting students in 14 provinces and cities in China.
New Campus 
On 27 June 2009 it was officially announced by the Government of Macau that the University of Macau will build its new campus on 1km² in Hengqin island, in a stretch directly facing the Cotai area, south of the current border post. Construction of the campus will take 3 years and will include an underwater tunnel. Macau law will apply in the University campus and it will not be necessary to pass a formal border post.
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