University of Macau

Macao

=88th

150 Under 50 Rankings 2016

351-400th

World University Rankings 2017

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The University of Macau (UM) is the only public comprehensive university in Macao and is regarded as the best university in the city.

Founded in 1981 as the private University of East Asia, it was officially renamed University of Macau in 1991.

Despite its short history, the university has made significant progress in recent years, ranking highly among young universities in Asia. 

In 2014, the university relocated to its current campus, which is physically located on Hengqin Island, Guangdong province, and is under the jurisdiction of the Macao Special Administrative Region.

Blessed with a state-of-the-art new campus, the university established Asia’s largest and most complete collegiate system comprised of ten colleges. With distinguished scholars at the helm, the colleges serve as close-knit residential and learning communities dedicated to helping students achieve their full potential through well-designed programmes, events, and activities.

Currently, the university offers more than 130 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and other programmes, to more than 10000 students, through its Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, and Honours College. English is the main medium of instruction, with some programmes taught in Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese.  

Striving to achieve excellence in both teaching and research, the university is now ranked among the top ten in some areas, such as microelectronics and traditional Chinese medicine. In 2010, the university received approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology for establishing two state key laboratories, in microelectronics, and Chinese medicine, respectively.

The university has the fine tradition of conferring honorary degrees to distinguished individuals. Among the honorary degree recipients are former president of the United States George W Bush, and Nobel laureates Prof Chen-Ning Franklin Yang, Prof Joseph Stiglitz, Prof Mario Capecchi, Prof Mo Yan, and Prof Robert Merton. 

The university offers more than 130 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programmes, through its Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, and Honours College.

Some of these programmes are internationally recognised/accredited. Some are ranked among the top in the region or even in the world, such as microelectronics and traditional Chinese medicine. UM is also the sole provider of some unique programmes in the region, such as the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Gaming Management Programme.

English is the main medium of instruction, with some programmes taught in Chinese, Portuguese, and Japanese. 

The university has Asia’s largest and most complete collegiate system comprised of ten colleges. With internationally recruited distinguished scholars at the helm, the colleges serve as close-knit residential and learning communities dedicated to helping students achieve their full potential through well-designed programmes, events, and activities.

These colleges also facilitate the implementation of the unique ‘4-in-1’ model of education, which consists of discipline-specific education, general education, research and internship education, and community and peer education, designed to help students achieve well-rounded development.

The institution has established collaborative agreements with more than 160 higher education institutions in over 35 countries and regions. Students at UM can choose from 60 universities around the world for exchange programmes to broaden their horizons. It also offers a plethora of scholarships and academic prizes to attract and reward the best students.

The various student organisations, university teams, and events organised by the faculties and residential colleges, combine to make the students’ life on campus a fulfilling and exciting experience. 

To ensure that education of the best possible quality is delivered to the students, the university has established a Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, which organises 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.

UM graduates face a world of career opportunities. They are highly sought-after by employers in various industries and renowned universities for postgraduate studies. 

UM boasts a strong faculty team comprised of over 560 scholars recruited from around the world, around 20 of whom hold the position of chair professor or distinguished professor.

The university’s faculty members are grouped under seven faculties, one institute, and one Honours College. They are the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Business Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, and Honours College.

UM’s Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement organises 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.

Striving for research excellence, the university has progressed quickly in recent years. In 2010, the university received approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology for establishing two state key laboratories, in microelectronics, and Chinese medicine, respectively. At the 61st International Solid-State Circuits Conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which is considered the ‘Chip Olympics’, UM was ranked among the top ten universities that had presented the most papers at the conference. In some areas, such as traditional Chinese medicine, and the Internet of Things, UM already ranks among the top in the Greater China region in terms of papers published at major international conferences and in prestigious journals. The number of research papers by UM members published in prestigious journals increased from 127 in 2008 to 961 in 2015.

Internal funding from the university’s Research Committee and various external sources of funding, as well as the state-of-the-art new campus, combine to create ideal conditions for faculty members to carry out quality teaching and innovative research.

Career opportunities available at UM https://isw.umac.mo/recruitment/showJobDepartmentInternal.do

Key Statistics:
  • 8,981
    Students
  • 14.6
    Student:Staff Ratio
  • 33%
    International Students
  • 58 : 42
    Female:Male Ratio

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