University of Macau
|University of Macau|
|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
|Campus||Suburb and Concession
109 hectares (1.09 km2)
|Colours||Blue, Red and Gold
|Affiliations||UMAP, IAU, IAUP, CRUP, AULP|
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 eight residential colleges and seven academic faculties. The main medium of instruction is English, while certain courses are taught in Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese.
- 1 History
- 2 Emblem and symbol
- 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 Student life
- 8 Academic links
- 9 Notable people
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 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. Wei Zhao is the current rector of the University.
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 Macau 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 Island in 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. On 20 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 on 25 August, the 2014/2015 academic year officially started.
However, the 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. Other buildings have been divided among other tertiary institutions in Macau, with City University receiving the most number of buildings.
Emblem and symbol
The emblem of the University of Macau features a five-towered crest encircled by golden rings and the name of the university in Chinese and Portuguese.
The key on the book is the key to knowledge, and the waves represent the university in its inland setting in the South China Sea. The bridge links together Eastern and Western cultures.
On the ribbon is a Chinese motto listing the five virtues of an ideal scholar: humanity, integrity, propriety, wisdom and sincerity.
The colours are red for hope, blue for the joy of well-being, and gold for the advancement of humanity.
Reputation and rankings
|QS (World version)
QS (Asian 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, as well as Honor 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 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. FAH is headed by Hong Gang Jin.
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. 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
The Faculty of Health Sciences is a newly established faculty which concentrates on the field of life sciences and medicine. 1
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, E-Commerce, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Applied Physics and Materials Engineering.
There are many 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.
Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences
Center for Macau Studies
Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management
Chao Kuang Piu College
|Chao Kuang Piu College|
|Master||Chuan Sheng Liu|
Cheng Yu Tung College
|Cheng Yu Tung College|
Choi Kai Yau College
|Choi Kai Yau College|
Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College
|Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College|
Lui Che Woo College
|Lui Che Woo College|
|Master||Chung Laung Liu|
Moon Chun Memorial College
|Moon Chun Memorial College|
Shiu Pong College
|Shiu Pong College|
Stanley Ho East Asia College
|Stanley Ho East Asia College|
|Master||Vai Pun Iu|
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 500,000 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 Government of China 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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