University of Macau

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University of Macau
Universidade de Macau
University of Macau.svg
Motto 仁義禮知信[1] (Classical Chinese)
Motto in English Humanity, integrity, propriety, wisdom and sincerity[2]
Established 28 March 1981 (1981-03-28)
(University of East Asia)
12 September 1991 (1991-09-12)
(University of Macau)
Type Private
(University of East Asia)
(University of Macau)
Chairman Daniel Tse
Chancellor Fernando Chui
Rector Wei Zhao
Vice Rector Simon Shun Man Ho
(Academic Affairs)
Rui Paulo da Silva Martins
Haydn Hai Dong Chen
(Student Affairs)
Alex Iat Long Lai
Academic staff 498[3]
Admin. staff 882[3]
Students 8,971[4]
Undergraduates 5,984[4]
Postgraduates 2,987[4]
Location Taipa, Macau
22°09′50″N 113°33′28″E / 22.163998°N 113.557783°E / 22.163998; 113.557783Coordinates: 22°09′50″N 113°33′28″E / 22.163998°N 113.557783°E / 22.163998; 113.557783
Campus Urban, 5.4141 hectares (54,141 m2)
Former names University of East Asia
Colours Blue, Red and Gold
Affiliations UMAP, IAU, IAUP, CRUP, AULP
University of Macau Logo.png

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 northern Taipa. It is organised into four residential colleges and seven academic faculties. The main medium of instruction is English, while certain courses are taught in Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese.

It also established its own computer network and Internet access in 1993 and 1994 respectively, introducing the first establishment of Internet in Macau.

The new campus on Hengqin formally opened in July 2013.


University of Macau Administrative Building

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 1988, the 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, 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% just before the Macau's handover.


The university has seven faculties in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences, as well as the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences and Honor College. They offer doctorate, master's and undergraduate programmes with more than 400 academic staff members involved in teaching and research.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities[edit]

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities consists of the Department of Chinese, the Department of English, the Department of Portuguese, the Centre for Japanese Studies and Philosophy and Religious Studies Programmes. The Faculty provides more than several courses on average every semester, including Chinese, English, Portuguese, Japanese, Philosophy, Religious Studies, etc. The Faculty also offers a variety of master’s and doctoral programmes.

Faculty of Business Administration[edit]

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 Department of Hospitality and Gaming Management.

Faculty of Education[edit]

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. 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.

Faculty of Health Sciences[edit]

The Faculty of Health Sciences is a newly established faculty which concentrates on the field of life sciences and medicine.

Faculty of Law[edit]

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[edit]

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 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, Software Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, E-Commerce, Mathematics.

There are many laboratories for teaching and research purposes in various science and engineering fields.

Faculty of Social Sciences[edit]

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 night view of the main campus in the University of Macau


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 500,000 volumes of monographs, 6,000 periodical titles, and 13,000 volumes of old Chinese editions.

Academic links[edit]

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 32 provinces and cities in China.

New campus[edit]

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 current border post. Construction has been completed and includes an underwater tunnel. Macau law will apply in the university campus and it will not be necessary to pass a formal border post.

As of 20 March 2014, more than 1000 students and staff live on the new campus, 2/3 of which are post graduates and 1/3 of which are mainland undergraduates. In 2013/2014 2nd semester, students can take class in new campus in center teaching building. Many students have reported there is fresh air and many trees at the new campus. For further details, please refer to


  1. ^ "Elements of the University Identity". U. of Macau. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Emblem & Motto". U. of Macau. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Facts & Figures - Staff". U. of Macau. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Facts & Figures - Student". U. of Macau. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 

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