Founded in 2000, Macau University of Science and Technology (M.U.S.T.)has rapidly developed into the largest multi-disciplinary university in Macau and is also ranked as the youngest university among the Top 50 Universities in the Greater China1. M.U.S.T.endeavors to educate students specialized in various fields, dedicated to provide students with excellence teaching and research,offering quality programs and pursues excellence. Hence, M.U.S.T.has reached new heights continuously in academic development. For seven consecutive years, M.U.S.T. is ranked among the Top 100 universities in the “Ranking of Top Universities in Greater China” jointly released by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai Ranking and ranked 28th in 2017. The University sits on Taipa with a campus size of 210,000m2. The beautiful surroundings and convenient transport render it an ideal place for students to pursue higher education and carry out research.
Mission and Vision
Upholding the motto of “Dedication to practical studies, Enhancement of knowledge, Ability and Quality”, M.U.S.T.adheres to its mission, “To promote cultural exchange, nurture intellectual growth, foster economic development and further societal progress”. To fulfill the needs of Macau and the rapid development of China,M.U.S.T. offers a range of programs by drawing on and incorporating into its work, the experiences of world-class higher education institutions, aiming to educate students not only master fundamental theories and are highly competitive in practice, but also are innovative, bilingual, educated and ethical, and adaptive to the needs of globalization of science and technology and economy. At the same time, M.U.S.T. supports its academics in conducting multi-disciplinary cutting-edge research, making efforts to leapfrog M.U.S.T. to join the family of Asia-Pacific renowned universities.
Faculties and Programs
Macau SAR government has authorized M.U.S.T.to award academic degrees at doctoral, master and bachelor levels; to cater to different interests from different people, M.U.S.T. offers approximately ten programs that are conducted mainly in English, with some conducted either in Chinese, Portuguese or Spanish. In addition to local students, M.U.S.T. attracts students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and rest of the world. Currently, there are approximately 11,000 students studying at the University, including approximately 3,200 master and doctoral students and 7,700 undergraduate students2.The faculties/departments at M.U.S.T. include the School of Business, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Information Technology, Faculty of Chinese Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University International College and the Department of General Education which provide a wide range of courses such as social sciences, science, law, management, business, medicine, pharmacy, art, communications and language. Moreover, The School of Continuing Studies provides learning opportunities for adult learners.
Currently, the employability and the opportunity to further studies of our graduates are highly satisfying. Number of graduates have received scholarships from world renowned universities and continue further studies abroad. While majority of our graduates is working forthe government and other well-known enterprises in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
Faculty members and Research Development
The key to excellent education and extraordinary research is to have a knowledgeable, professional experienced and internationalized faculty team. M.U.S.T. has hundreds chair professors, professors, visiting professors, associate professors and assistant professors.The majority of the academic and research staff have obtained PhD degrees and have worked or studied in world-renowned institutions and universities. In addition, M.U.S.T. has invited a group of world class specialists and experts to teach undergraduates and postgraduates. These specialists include academicians from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Engineering, Academia Sinica in Taiwan, United States National Academy of Sciences, Highly Cited scholars and other top scholars. These outstanding scholars are teaching our undergraduates and supervise postgraduates, imparting newest knowledge and disseminating latest research findings, which would widen the horizons of the students.
Academic freedom has always been the pursuit of the University. M.U.S.T. supports academic staff and researchers to develop diverse research projects, encouraging them to collaborate and produce new knowledge, new technology and new products so as to advance diversified academic development and to provide services for Macau’s development and development of the country. M.U.S.T.focus on places emphasis on development of characteristics and advantageous research areas, for example, quality and innovative drugs in Chinese medicine, data analysis of Chang’e satellite and lunar and planetary sciences, system engineering, smart city, architecture and city planning, human resources management and gaming tourism management, Macao society and culture, comparative studies of cross-regional laws in the cross-strait region, art design, Macau media studies, etc. M.U.S.T. encourages the faculty to publish high quality research outcomes. In recent years, our research publications at the Q1 zone of international SCI/SSCI academic journals have doubled, and the number of national and international patents granted has increased several times.
After years development, M.U.S.T. now owns a number of prominent institutes and research centers, including the Institution for Sustainable Development, the Space Science Institute, the Partner Laboratory of the Key Laboratory of Lunar and Deep Space Exploration, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, the State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Macau Institute of Systems Engineering, Macau Research Center for International Standard of Chinese Medicines, Research Centre on Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution, Macau Media Research Center, Macau Environmental Research Institute, Macau Financial Innovation Research Center, and Macau Academy of Cinematic Arts. In 2016, the University has established Smart City Institute and Macau’s first Nobel Prize Winner Laboratory “Biophysical Laboratory for Chinese Medicine”. These institutes and laboratories perform the functions of teaching and research simultaneously, not only providing practical training opportunities for outstanding research talents but also making great contributions to the studies on the sustainable development of Macau and the adequate diversification of Macau’s economy.
Campus Life and Facilities
For campus facilities,M.U.S.T.has a beautiful campus, and several modern teaching buildings, well-established laboratories and rich collections in the library. M.U.S.T. advocates a harmonious, professional and caring campus which educates students with all-round development of their character. M.U.S.T. has set up the Mentor scheme to assist students in coping with problems in their studies and life. By holding many forms of student society activities, M.U.S.T. encourages students to actively participate in extra-curricular activities so as to develop their organizational skills, improve their social and cognitive abilities and broaden their knowledge spans.M.U.S.T. provides a diversity of facilities for students to engage in different kinds of colorful extra-curricular activities, for example, the establishment of a student center with multiple piano rooms, rehearsal rooms, multi-functional rooms, and other rooms that are open for students to use for free all year round. The Art Troupe offers students a stage to show their artistic talent. The Art Troupe has also become brand in art and culture of the University. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Planning helps students finding their personal strengths and expertise to excavate their own potential, establish a healthy, upright core value system in terms of career development, and enhance their competitiveness as well as planning and preparation to enter the labor market or entrepreneurship. The Student Affairs Office organizes visits, field trips and community activities for students. The University also encourages students to participate actively in various professional competitions locally and abroad. Based on students’ interests, the Student Affairs Office coordinates all kinds of training to students and provides them with guidance and counseling services.
There are convenience stores, bank centers, student restaurant, teaching restaurant, coffee corner, computer store, physical development center, an Olympic-standard track and field stadium and gymnasium, indoor stadium and tennis court facilities in the campus, providing conveniences for students to exercise and satisfy all their living needs. The University Hospital is located in the campus providing 24-hour support and handles emergencies for students and staff. The hospital is equipped with advanced equipment, in addition to a local professional medical team,there is also a specialist team of well-known specialists from Mainland China, Hong Kong and other countries.Moreover, the University is equipped with 24-hour security patrol in the campus and dormitories to protect the orderly campus environment.
The University owns five dormitory providing better work, study, and living environment for teachers and students. The newly built Block O teaching complex has been put in use. This new building has provided large number of classrooms, staff offices and teaching facilities. These facilities will enhance the teaching environment in the University.
Academic Exchange and International Cooperation
Internationalization has been an important momentum of M.U.S.T.’s development. It is also an important direction for M.U.S.T.’s future development. In terms of academic administration, M.U.S.T. integrates the experience of world-renowned universities with specific Macau-related local, social and cultural characteristics, and has established its own administrative principles and culture, management structure and system, administrative mechanisms and procedures that fit well withM.U.S.T.’s goal of becoming an internationalized university that’s equipped with internationally advanced world-level management. At present,M.U.S.T. has established many types of cooperation partnerships with more than one hundred institutions in Europe, America and Australia, mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, in educational programs, academic research, personnel training, student exchanges and other areas. It is also a member of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) and the International Association of Universities (IAU). M.U.S.T. supports students to engage in overseas exchange programs and provides long-term, mid-term, short-term funding for outstanding students to study abroad. It also gives support to students to pursue further overseas studies or overseas employment in various ways, including through recommendations etc.
In the future,M.U.S.T. will continue endeavors to teaching and research, attract talents from all fields, hold tight to the two key elements: “quality” and “innovation”, to give full play to the advantage of a non-profit private university. M.U.S.T. will continue to improve through excellence education and outstanding research, serving the society and fulfill its mission.
1 “Ranking of Top Universities in Greater China” released by the Center for World-class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai Ranking.
2 Statistics based on the number of students in September, 2017.