Materials science and engineering concerns the properties of materials and their integrated applications in various science and engineering fields. It is an interdisciplinary subject that studies the micro and macrostructure of materials, and the interactional relations of material manufacturing or processing crafts. With the development of science and technology, the materials industry has permeated into various areas of the national economy, national defense infrastructure, and social life. It is the foundation on top of which high and emerging technology industries grow, and therefore it plays a tremendous role in the development of the national economy. China is the largest body of emerging economies across the world, and as part of the Belt & Road initiative, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area takes the unique geographical advantages of the coastal cities to serve as a waypoint for emerging industries. Materials science is at an evolutionary stage and can benefit from the conditions provided by the Greater Bay Area innovation and technology hub to enter a globally competitive market. The national Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area made a special remark to elevate the supporting and guiding role of the Greater Bay Area in the national development of the economy, and in supporting Macao integration into the greater picture of national development to sustain its long-term prosperity and stability. In the wake of the great historic opportunities afforded by the construction of the Greater Bay Area city clusters, it is of greater historic significance and value for Macao to invest in science and technology innovations and advance the materials industry economy.
In alignment with the national development strategy of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, aspiring greater achievements, the University sought after accurate positioning, claimed the development opportunities afforded by the time, and inaugurated the Macao Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (MIMSE) in January 2021. The MIMSE aims to foster outstanding innovation-oriented top talents with international outlooks, independent thinking abilities, and inter-disciplinary advantages, including academic and applied talents with innovation abilities in scientific research and technologies, to provide M.U.S.T. with new impetuses for high-quality scientific research and continuous disciplinary innovations, to provide Macao’s materials science community with innovative driving forces, and to bring new vitality to the local economy.