The University of Macau was founded as a private enterprise in 1981, and was initially known as the University of East Asia. It was then purchased by the local administration and formed as a public university under its current name.
The bulk of the university is focused on a single main campus, opened in 2014. This campus provides a large number of facilities for both faculty and visitors, with a significant amount of accommodation being available for students, recreational and social facilities, along with academic facilities. As well as this, the campus is connected via an underwater tunnel to the rest of Macau proper, allowing students to easily make use of the very well-known cultural and social resources present within the city itself.
The university also operates an enormous seven-story library within the city, with huge literary significance.
Academically, the university offers a wide range of courses across seven faculties, and has traditionally offered significant opportunities for international students to study. Courses are generally offered in English, and extensive opportunities for foreign language education are available. Research also forms a core part of the University of Macau’s academic philosophy, especially with respect to electronics and manufacturing, although research is still very much pursued across the academic spectrum.
Despite its relatively recent founding, the University of Macau can certainly boast of a few notable alumni, including architect Patrick Lau, businessman and CEO Francisco De Souza, and activist Jason Chao.