University of Macau

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University of Macau
Universidade de Macau
University of Macau.svg
Former names
University of East Asia
Motto 仁義禮知信[1] (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)
Chancellor Fernando Chui
Rector Wei Zhao
Vice Rector Lionel M. Ni
(Academic Affairs)
Rui Paulo da Silva Martins
Haydn H. D. Chen
(Student Affairs)
Alex Lai Iat Long
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 9,312[4]
Undergraduates 6,122[4]
Postgraduates 3,190[4]
Location Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau,

22°07′48″N 113°32′45″E / 22.13004°N 113.54579°E / 22.13004; 113.54579Coordinates: 22°07′48″N 113°32′45″E / 22.13004°N 113.54579°E / 22.13004; 113.54579
Campus Suburb and Concession
109 hectares (1.09 km2)
Colours Blue, Red and Gold
Affiliations UMAP, IAU, IAUP, CRUP, AULP
University of Macau Logo.png
The University of Macau
University of Macau
Traditional Chinese 澳門大學
Simplified Chinese 澳门大学

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.

The university has been relocated to the new campus since August 2014 at Hengqin, Zhuhai, Guangdong but continues to operate under Macau SAR jurisdiction.



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.


Old campus of the University of Macau

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.


Wu Yee Sun Library in new campus of the University of Macau

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.[5]

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.[6]

UM Mission[edit]

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.


University Identity[edit]


University Abbreviation[edit]

✪ In Chinese: 澳 大 ✪ In English : UM ✪ In Portuguese: UM

University Emblem[edit]

The emblem of the University of Macau (UM) features a five-towered crest encircled by golden rings and the name of the university in Chinese and Portuguese.


The logo of the UM consists of two parts: the emblem and the university’s name in Chinese (澳門大學), Portuguese (Universidade de Macau) and English (University of Macau) with assigned colours.

Reputation and rankings[edit]

University rankings
Times[9] 276-300
QS[10] 701+
Times[9] 40
QS (Global version)[11]
QS (Asia version)[12]

Moreover, UM is ranked 39th by Times 100 under 50 universities in 2015.[13]

Academic organisations[edit]

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[edit]

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. [14]

Faculty of Business Administration[edit]

[15] 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[edit]

[16] 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[edit]

The Faculty of Health Sciences is a newly established faculty which concentrates on the fields 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, 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[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.

Honours College[edit]

The Honours College of University of Macau is the first Honours College established in Macao.

Graduate School[edit]

Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences[edit]

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[edit]

Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management[edit]

Residential colleges[edit]

Stanley Ho East Asia College[edit]

Stanley Ho East Asia College
Established 2010
Master Vai Pun Iu

Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College[edit]

Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College
Established 2010
Master George Watt

Moon Chun Memorial College[edit]

Moon Chun Memorial College
Established 2013
Master Kevin Thompson

Shiu Pong College[edit]

Shiu Pong College
Established 2013
Master Kenneth Leung

Cheng Yu Tung College[edit]

Cheng Yu Tung College
Established 2013
Master Ling Chung

Chao Kuang Piu College[edit]

Chao Kuang Piu College
Established 2014
Master Chuan Sheng Liu

Choi Kai Yau College[edit]

Main article: Choi Kai Yau College
Choi Kai Yau College
Established 2014
Master David Pong

Lui Che Woo College[edit]

Lui Che Woo College
Established 2014
Master Chung Laung Liu


Wu Yee Sun Library[edit]

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.

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 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.

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 31 provinces and cities in China.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Francisco D'Souza

See also[edit]


  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 "Quick Facts - Staff". University of Macau. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Quick Facts - Student". University of Macau. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "University of Macau - History". Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "UM old campus to be used for evening classes". MACAU DAILY TIMES. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "University of Macau - Vision Mission". Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "University of Macau - Elements of the University Identity". Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "World University Rankings 2015-2016". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2015/16". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2015/16 (extracting Asian universities)". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ "QS University Rankings: Asia 2015". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 Rankings 2015". 
  14. ^ "About the Faculty of Arts and Humanities". Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Faculty of Business Administration - University of Macau – About FBA". Faculty of Business Administration - University of Macau. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  16. ^ author. "Faculty of Education -University of Macau". Retrieved 25 July 2015. 

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