Adopting a problem-oriented approach, UM devotes its resources to research areas that reflect the university’s strengths. At the same time, it actively establishes world-class research platforms to promote interdisciplinary research, especially collaboration between liberal arts fields and science fields, in order to gain a leadership status and an international reputation in these fields. UM also encourages entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer in order to enhance the social impact of its research. UMTEC Limited and Zhuhai UM Science & Technology Research Institute vigorously support industry-academia collaboration and actively promote commercialisation of research results and cultivation of new industries.
UM provides full support to the three state key laboratories (the State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI, the State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, and the State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City), three new key research areas (precision medicine for cancer treatment, advanced materials, and regional oceanography ), three interdisciplinary fields (artificial intelligence, cognitive and brain science, and data science), and three research platforms for humanities and social sciences (Centre for Macau Studies, Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management, and Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (in preparation)). UM encourages interdisciplinary collaboration, especially the integration of humanities and social sciences on the one hand, and modern technology on the other.
According to statistics from the Web of Science, the number of high-quality academic papers published by UM scholars increased from a little over 140 in 2009 to more than 1,500 in 2018, with citation frequency exceeding 24,000. Chip research is a key research area at UM. The chip research team focuses on developing analogue and mixed signal integrated circuits and systems as well as an advanced R&D platform. The team has received a second prize of the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award. At the 2019 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, UM was ranked second in the world along with two other institutes in terms of the number of papers accepted at the conference, next only to Intel. Chinese medicine is a signature research area at UM. The Chinese medicine research team is committed to the study of Chinese medicine quality and international standards (standardisation, effectiveness, safety, stability and traceability). The team has received a second prize of the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award. The innovative products developed by the team have won international invention gold awards and more than 40 special science and technology awards in Macao.