Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) is a private institution which was founded in 2000 and was the first new higher education institution in the formerly Portuguese peninsular enclave following its return to China the year before. It is located on a 21-hectare site next to the airport and the Cotai strip gambling district.
Under the motto "Dedication to practical studies. Enhancement of Knowledge. Ability and Quality", MUST proclaims a mission to "promote cultural exchange, nurture intellectual growth, foster economic growth and further societal progress".
There were approximately 11,000 students in 2018 and it is the largest multi-disciplinary university in Macau. It has benefitted from the Macau Science and Technology Fund, which devotes $28m annually to developing alternatives to current dependence on gambling.
MUST was among the advocates in 2012 of the law change raising the minimum gambling age from 18 to 21, but is also a co-sponsor of skills competitions for employees in tourism and leisure, including gaming, catering and hotels.
Among the alternatives proposed is Chinese medicine, for which MUST has hosted China’s national State Key Lab since 2010. It has also had a school of pharmacy since 2016, runs the University Hospital and has created a Medical Academy which will offer Macau’s first ever six-year medical degrees.
The MUST management has set the creation of an industrial park as a priority, which due to the shortage of land in Macau, the most heavily-populated district in the world, would be somewhere on the Chinese mainland. Recent campus novelties include six robotic security guards developed by local company Singou.