University of Macau

301–350 th
World University Rankings 2020
=52 nd
Young University Rankings 2019
42 nd
Asia University Rankings 2019
Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau, Macao

Founded in 1981, the University of Macau (UM) was the predecessor of the private University of East Asia, which was officially renamed University of Macau in 1991 as a public university. Through 37 years of development, UM has become a leading and the only public comprehensive university in Macao.

Currently, UM ranks:

  • 351-400th in the world
  • 5th globally for International Outlook
  • 47th in Asia

UM relocated to the new campus equipped with a unique residential college system:

  • Relocated to a new campus in 2014 with an area of 1.09km2
  • Asia’s largest and most complete collegiate system with ten residential colleges
  • Managed by distinguished scholars

UM is dedicated to teaching by offering more than 130 programmes to more than 10,000 students. Some of our programmes are internationally recognized:

  • The top 1% in ESI (Essential Sciences Indicators) rankings in five subjects, namely Clinical Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Computer Science, and Social Sciences, General
  • 46th in Hospitality and Leisure Management
  • 151-175th in Engineering & Technology
  • 151-200th in Linguistics
  • 176-200th in Computer Science
  • 201-250th in Education
  • 251-300th in Life Sciences
  • 251-300th in Law
  • 301-400th in Social Sciences
  • 301-400th in Business and Economics

UM strives to deliver research excellence with support from the central government, Macao community and our faculty
Three state-key laboratories in one campus

Looking ahead, UM will constantly improve, optimize, enhance, and innovate, in order to become an outstanding university rooted in Macao, integrated into the Greater Bay Area, and geared towards the whole country and the world; an outstanding university that makes a contribution to Macao, China, and humanity.

UM is committed to producing versatile and creative graduates with a global outlook. UM currently offers over 130 bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degree programmes to more than 10,000 students, with English as the main teaching instruction medium:


UM emphasizes students’ whole person development through implementing the ‘4-in-1’ model of education and Residential College system:

  • Combination of discipline-specific education, general education, research and internship education, and community and peer education
  • A collegiate system with ten residential colleges, which is the largest and most complete collegiate system in Asia
  • Various student organizations, teams, and events organized by the residential colleges to make the students’ life on campus a fulfilling experience


UM offers valuable learning and career opportunities to students:

  • Programmes of exchange in more than 200 higher education institutions in over 34 countries and regions
  • Lots of scholarships and postgraduate studentships to attract and reward excellent students
  • Graduates sought-after by employers in various industries and renowned universities for postgraduate studies. In 2017, 91.3 per cent of UM graduates with a bachelor’s degree either found a job or were accepted for further studies (with those in the latter category accounting for 14.9 per cent). Of those who successfully found a job, 90 per cent did so within three months of graduation
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International Faculty

UM boasts a strong faculty team comprised of over 600 scholars recruited from more than 13 countries around the world. Many of the faculty members have earned prestigious titles such as fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, member of the Portuguese Academy of Sciences, fellow of the American Society for Metals, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, fellow of the American Physical Society, fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, fellow of the American Educational Research Association, president of the IEEE’s Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, and Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professor (Ministry of Education).

Faculty Support

The university has established a Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, which organizes workshops and training courses on a regular basis so that faculty members can share teaching experience, learn from one another, and improve their teaching pedagogies.

Internal funding from the university’s research committee has been set up to enable faculty members to obtain necessary financial support to conduct their research. UM faculty members can also obtain external funding from local and national entities in support of their research activities.

Staff Benefits

To help settle into Macao, UM provides on campus accommodation to eligible faculty members. In addition, faculty members and their eligible family members shall enjoy medical benefits as provided by appointed medical institutions.

The cost of living in Macao is relatively lower compared to other prominent cities in Asia such as Hong Kong and Singapore. Moreover, all residents and non-residents working in Macao enjoy much lower tax rates than in other economically developed Asian countries. The local income tax rate is on a progressive scale and the current maximum rate is 12% but is effectively around 5% - 7% after various discretionary exemptions.

  • Please visit here for more information about working at UM and Macao.
  • Career opportunities at UM are open for application until the positions are filled.

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Key statistics

  • 14.4
    No. of students per staff
  • 37%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 57 : 43
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 9,340
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2020 World University Rankings