University of Macau
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The University of Macau (UM, UMac or UMacau, Portuguese: Universidade de Macau, Chinese: 澳門大學) is the public research university of Macau and the leading tertiary institution serving the city. The university is physically located on territory leased by the Macau government on Hengqin Island, Zhuhai, Guangdong, Mainland China, where it moved in 2014, after more than thirty years of growth. The University of Macau is moving towards its goal of becoming a world class institution of higher learning, and has risen from its first QS World University Rankings ranking from #701 in 2014 after it moved into its new campus to #501 in 2016. UM is now #443 in QS 2019. It is the only university in Macau which has an international world university ranking.
Universidade de Macau
Emblem of the University of Macau
|Latin: Universitas Macaonensis|
|University of East Asia|
Motto in English
|Humanity, integrity, propriety, wisdom and sincerity|
(University of East Asia)
(University of Macau)
|Established||28 March 1981|
(University of East Asia)
12 September 1991
(University of Macau)
|Chancellor||Chief Executive of Macau (Fernando Chui)|
|Vice Rector||Rui Paulo da Silva Martins|
SO Kee Long, Billy
Avenida da Universidade, Hengqin Island, Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
(Address is stated as Taipa, Macau, China)
The territory is inaccessible from Mainland China
|Campus||Suburb and Concession|
109 hectares (1.09 km2)
|Language||Majority in English|
|Colours||Blue, Red and Gold |
|Affiliations||UMAP, IAU, IAUP, CRUP, AULP|
|University of Macau|
|Portuguese||Universidade de Macau|
The University of Macau was established in 1981 as the University of East Asia. After moving to the new campus in 2014, UM started to change into a research university, and its Liberal arts education launched a new ‘4-in-1’ model of instruction. It is the first research university in Macau. According to the record of ISI Web of Science（WOS）, in 2016 UM published 1,200 high-quality papers, compared to 127 in 2008, and UM has ranked among the top ten universities that presented the most papers at the 61st International Solid-State Circuits Conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The Chinese central government established three state key laboratories, namely "State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI","State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City" and the "State Key Laboratory for Quality Research in Chinese Medicine" in the University of Macau. 
Although UM is a very young university, it has an significant standing in the Greater China and Portuguese areas. The university ranks #2 when comparing territorial entities where Portuguese is an official language's universities,  ranked #3 when comparing the universities in Taiwan according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and ranked #17 when comparing all of the universities in mainland China according to QS World University Rankings.
Every year, the University of Macau confers honorary professorships and doctorates upon distinguished individuals, which have included former United States president George Herbert Walker Bush, James Mirrlees, Robert C. Merton, Mo Yan, Chen-Ning Yang, some Nobel laureates winners, fifth chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara Henry T. Yang and Chinese Buddhist monk Hsing Yun, to enhance the university's international visibility.
The main medium of instruction is English, while certain courses are taught in Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese. The university's first campus was located in Taipa Hill. In August 2014, the university relocated to its new campus in Hengqin Island, Guangdong, but continues to operate under Macau SAR jurisdiction.
In 2017, the University of Macau became the first and only university to receive the "Medalha de Mérito Educativo" education award from the Government of Macau, to commend its excellent performance in education to Macau society.
Founded in 1981 as the University of East Asia, 18 years before the transfer of Macau from Portugal to China, the University of Macau is the Special Administrative Region's (SAR) first modern university and the largest university in terms of faculty size and programmes offered. Its predecessor, the University of East Asia (UEA) was a private university founded by a group of University of Hong Kong alumni and most students were from Hong Kong, then under British rule. Prior to the transfer of sovereignty, it was acquired by the Portuguese administration and reformed as a public university following Portuguese university structure. UEA was then renamed University of Macau by Decree-Law 50/91/M in 1991. It is now the only public comprehensive university in Macau, organised into seven academic faculties and ten residential colleges.
University level education in Macau goes back to the establishment of Saint Paul's College, in the 16th century. However, the University of Macau's predecessor was the privately owned University of East Asia 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. The students who came from Hong Kong came from wealthy families and had not been admitted to other universities; the school initially was known for educating such students. In 1984, the first students graduated and were awarded 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, after a new university charter was put in place, the university became a public university and was renamed the 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 2004, the American Corner was established in the library at the University of Macau, although on the new campus there is no longer one. Instead the University of Macau has established a Russian Research Centre and a Portuguese Corner in the campus library.
In 2009, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted a bill which approved the construction of the new campus of the University of Macau on Hengqin, Zhuhai, Guangdong and gave the Macau SAR government jurisdiction over the area. Later on, President Hu Jintao officiated the new campus groundbreaking ceremony. In July 2013, the new campus 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 completed the relocation to the new campus and the 2014/2015 academic year started.
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 Macau's growth.
- Cultivating responsible citizens and leaders of high caliber who possess the sound moral judgment and independent thinking ability necessary to meet the needs of the development of Macau and the region.
In Chinese: 澳 大 In English : UM In Portuguese: UM
Academic Staff AssociationEdit
The Academic Staff Association of the University of Macau (in Portuguese: Associação dos Professores da Universidade de Macau, in Chinese: 澳門大學教師協會) is an association composed of full-time academic staff members of the University of Macau. The association has a presidium of the general assembly, an executive committee and a supervisory committee.
Reputation and rankingsEdit
UM was ranked 88th by Times Higher Education 150 Under 50 Rankings 2016 in 2016, and ranked 67th and 60th in 2017 and 2018 respectively; 351-400th in World University Rankings 2019 by Times Higher Education  2019, QS Top 50 under 50 ranked UM as #51-60, at the same time 2019 QS World University Rankings ranked UM as #443.
UM is also ranked in various specific academic subjects. Of UM's subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, Linguistics ranked #201-250, and Arts and Humanities ranked #401-450. In 2018 Times Higher Education, Engineering & technology ranked #151-175, Computer science ranked #176-200, Life sciences ranked #251-300, and Social sciences ranked #301-400. 
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 Honors College, Graduate School, the Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, the Center for Macau Studies, the Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management, the English Language Centre, and the 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 HumanitiesEdit
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH) comprises the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, the Department of English, the Department of Portuguese, the Centre for Japanese Studies, the English Language Centre, the English Writing and Communication Centre, and it 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. 
The Department of Portuguese Studies used to be the Institute of Portuguese Studies but was downgraded during the 1999 handover due to the anticipation that interest would decline. In 2001 UM began offering a bachelor's degree programme for Portuguese students. Enrollment grew from nine students in 2001 to about 240 students in 2011. In 2011 the Portuguese department had eight part-time employees and 30 permanent employees, with about three quarters of the permanent ones having PhDs. Michael Taylor of the South China Morning Post wrote that year that the downgrading of the Portuguese department was perceived as a mistake in retrospect.
Faculty of Business AdministrationEdit
 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: the Department of Accounting and Information Management, the Department of Finance and Business Economics, the Department of Management and Marketing, and the International Integrated Resort Management Program.
Faculty of EducationEdit
 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 SciencesEdit
The Faculty of Health Sciences is a newly established faculty which concentrates on the fields of life sciences and medicine.
Faculty of LawEdit
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 generally 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.
Classes in law are taught in Portuguese since Macau's legal code is in Portuguese.
Faculty of Science and TechnologyEdit
The Faculty of Science and Technology was founded in 1989. Four-year undergraduate degree programmes in the following departments have been developed: the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Computer and Information Science, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of Electromechanical Engineering, the Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering, and the Department of Mathematics. Increasing numbers of students have been accepted in big firms worldwide, adding to the rising recognition of the University of Macau.
Graduate degree programmes in the faculty have been developed since 1993, in the fields of Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Information Engineering, E-Commerce, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, and Mathematics.
There are various kinds of enriched laboratories for teaching and research purposes in various science and engineering fields.
Faculty of Social SciencesEdit
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 a number of courses 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. They also have a Russian Centre.
The Honors College of University of Macau is the first Honors College established in Macao.
Professor Wei Ge is the interim Dean of the Graduate School.
Institute of Chinese Medical SciencesEdit
The Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences (ICMS) was established as the first research-oriented institute in Macau in 2002.
ICMS offers the PhD degree programme in Biomedical Sciences, and Master of Science degree programmes in Chinese Medicinal Science and Medicinal Administration, respectively.
Institute of Applied Physics and Materials EngineeringEdit
IAPME offers PhD programme in applied physics and materials engineering.
Center for Macau StudiesEdit
Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and ManagementEdit
Stanley Ho East Asia CollegeEdit
|Motto||Vigorous in deed, gentle in manner|
|Master||Vai Pun Iu|
Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee CollegeEdit
Moon Chun Memorial CollegeEdit
Moon Chun Memorial College serves food in the College Hall and on occasion has High Table Dinners with distinguished guests. It offers Music Studios and has a yearly "Talent Show."
Shiu Pong CollegeEdit
|Motto||You are the light of the world|
Cheng Yu Tung CollegeEdit
|Motto||We pursue noble aspiration, the love of humanity, and cultural refinement|
They have many exchange programs, one of which is with Beijing.
Chao Kuang Piu CollegeEdit
|Motto||Integrity and Truth|
|Master||Chuan Sheng Liu|
Choi Kai Yau CollegeEdit
|Motto||Dare to Think;Care to Act|
Lui Che Woo CollegeEdit
|Master||Chung Laung Liu|
Cheong Kun Lun CollegeEdit
Ma Man Kei and Lo Pak Sam CollegeEdit
|Master||De Bao Xu|
Wu Yee Sun LibraryEdit
The University of Macau Wu Yee Sun Library is the largest library in Macau. It is a seven-story 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.
Due to the shortage of space in Macau, 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 of Zhuhai, 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 to have free access to the university campus.
The university has been relocated to the new campus as of August 2014. It is very big and has many trees. The students and staff held the first-flag raising ceremony for a public university in order to show their patriotism for their country. The wall of the new campus is patrolled by People's Armed Police to prevent the smuggling into Macau.
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.
In 1997 the university established its first European studies programme, the Master of European Studies, in conjunction with the Instituto de estudos europeus de Macau (IEEM), and as of 2011 it also offers the Master in European Union Law, International Law and Comparative Law.
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