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Established on September 16, 1991, Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI) is a public institution of higher education with an emphasis on applied knowledge and skills. MPI’s motto is “knowledge, expertise and global vision”, and the Institute strives to achieve international standards in teaching and learning, building an e-campus, ensuring administrative compliance with the law and sound research management. Small in size and compact in structure, MPI adopts the strategy of “d… [+] ual emphasis on teaching and research”, with a commitment to remain “rooted in Macao and backed up by the motherland while facing the world and striving for excellence”. The present members of the Board of Management are Professor Lei Heong Iok, President, Professor Im Sio Kei, Vice President, and Dr Chan Wai Cheong, Secretary-General. Currently there are approximately 250 academic staff (70% of which possess a doctoral degree) and 55 professional trainers, together serving a population of approximately 3,000 fulltime students on degree programmes and 10,000 students on non-degree training courses. In MPI there are six Schools, namely, Languages and Translation, Business, Public Administration, Physical Education and Sports, Arts and Health Sciences, providing a broad range of bachelor degree programmes in areas such as Translation and Interpretation (Chinese-English / Chinese-Portuguese), International Chinese Language Education, Portuguese Language, E-commerce, Marketing, Accounting, Public Relations, Management, Gaming and Recreation Management, Public Administration, Social Work, Computing, Sino-Lusophone Trade Relations, Physical Education, Visual Arts, Music, Design, Nursing, Biomedical Technologies (Medical Laboratory and Pharmacy Technologies) and Science in Speech-Language Therapy. In recent years, in response to the SAR Government’s higher education policy of promoting academic accreditation, we have been committed to seeking accreditation to improve management and teaching quality. In February 2014, UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) announced on its website that MPI has received a Judgement of “confidence”, the highest rating given by the QAA. This is the first internationally recognised institutional review ever undertaken by a higher education institution in Macao. QAA has commended MPI’s academic standards, quality of learning opportunities, information about learning opportunities, and enhancement of learning quality, thus demonstrating that MPI meets international standards. With this important process MPI will continue to strive for excellence in accordance with its philosophy of high quality, student-centred education. Rooted in Macao while serving the society, MPI endeavours to grow into a continuously improving higher education institution of excellence in terms of management, teaching and research within a vibrant academic culture, with the aim of dedicating itself to the social, economic and cultural development of Macao. Vision The Macao Polytechnic Institute vision is to excel as an institution of higher learning distinguished by its open and transparent management, multidisciplinary approach to studies and high standard of scholarship in both teaching and applied research. It will build on its distinctive position as a quality institution with a strong commitment to serving the local community as well as wider areas of China. MPI aspires to join the league of leading tertiary institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region. Mission Statement Developing academic programmes which are relevant to Macao (local) and regional needs in a changing environment; Enhancing students’ development through enriched campus life and innovative learning programmes; Equipping students with proficient language and communication skills in Chinese, English and Portuguese (for some groups of students); Promoting effective teaching and learning both in and outside the classroom; Contributing to the Macao Government’s human resource policy of up-graduating its human capacity as well as its goal of building a prosperous society; Establishing a first-class institution of higher learning through continuous capacity building and strategic partnership with renowned universities around the world; Creating an open and harmonious environment for the free expression of academic views and functioning as a platform for first-class research and academic exchanges, especially projects of direct relevance to Macao; Encouraging students to work towards self-improvement, maturity and a willingness to serve; and Providing professional training tailored to the specific needs of the local community and thereby contributing to its sustainable development.
Introduction Founded in 2000, Macau University of Science and Technology (M.U.S.T.) has grown steady-fast with vigour. As the largest multi-disciplinary university in Macau, M.U.S.T. is ranked as the youngest among the Top 100 Universities in the cross-strait region. Adopting the policy of according equal importance to teaching and research, pursuing excellence, so as to cultivate talent in diverse fields, M.U.S.T. encourages its staff to conduct cutting-edge research to… [+] new heights and international excellence. M.U.S.T. is situated on a land area of 210,000 square metres located in Taipa, Macau, the beautiful surroundings and convenient transport render it an ideal place for students to pursue academic education and engage in research. Mission and Vision Upholding the motto of “dedication to practical studies, and 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’s society and the rapid development of China, M.U.S.T. offers many and diverse quality educational programs by drawing on, and incorporating into its work, the experiences of world-class higher education institutions, aiming to cultivate talents that 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 and cutting-edge research, making efforts to leapfrog M.U.S.T. to join the family of renowned universities in the Asia-Pacific region. Faculties and Programs M.U.S.T. is authorized by the Macau SAR government 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 in Chinese, Portuguese or Spanish. In addition to local students, M.U.S.T. attracts students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other parts of the world. Currently, there are over ten thousand students studying at the University, including approximately 2,000 postgraduate students and 7,500 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, University International College and the Department of General Education, covering a wide range of fields such as social sciences, science, law, management, business, medicine, pharmacy, art, communication, and language. M.U.S.T. also owns the School of Continuing Studies, providing learning opportunities for working students. Currently, our graduates perform outstandingly in terms of taking up employment and seeking further studies; many graduates have won scholarships from worldly renowned universities to help them pursue further studies; many more graduates gain employment in government or well-known enterprises of China, Hong Kong and Macau. Teaching Staff and Academic and Research Development A Key to development of excellent education and quality talent is to have knowledgeable, professional and experienced international staffs. M.U.S.T. has several hundred chair professors, professors, visiting professors, associate professors and assistant professors; the majority of the staff have obtained PhD degrees and have once worked or studied in worldly renowned institutions and universities. In addition to its own faculty members, M.U.S.T. has invited a group of renowned specialists and experts to teach its undergraduates and postgraduates; these professors include academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, academicians of Academia Sinica in Taiwan, academicians of the American Medical Academy, Highly Cited scholars and other top scholars. These outstanding scholars teach undergraduates and supervise postgraduates, imparting newest knowledge and disseminating latest research findings, exposing the students to international visions and multiple cultures. Academic freedom has always been the pursuit of this 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 national development. M.U.S.T. especially places emphasis on development of characteristics and advantageous research areas, for example, quality research in Chinese medicine, data analysis of Chang’e satellite and space science, human resources management and gaming tourism management, Macau’s cultural and social research, arbitration & dispute resolution research, comparative studies of cross-regional laws in the cross-strait region, Macau media studies, and so on. 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 applications for national and international patents is several times increasing. After over a decade’s development, the University now owns a number of prominent institutes and research centers, including the Institution for Sustainable Development, the Space Science Institute, the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, the State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Macau Institute of Systems Engineering, Macau Institute of Translational Medicine, Macau Research Center for International Standard of Chinese Medicines, Research Centre on Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Macau Media Research Center. In 2014/2015, the University newly installed Macau Academy for Environmental Studies, Macau Research Center for Finance Innovation Research, and Macau Academy of Cinematic Arts. These institutes and laboratories not only provide practical training opportunities for outstanding research talents, but also make great contributions for studies on the sustainable development of Macau’s society. In the 2013/2014 academic year, M.U.S.T. established Macau Institute of Systems Engineering, Macau Institute of Translational Medicine, the Research Center for International Standard of Chinese Medicines, the Research Center on Arbitration & Dispute Resolution and the Macau Media Studies Centre. These institutes and centers have both teaching and research functions and provide a research platform for Macau’s continuous development in the future. Campus Life and Facilities With regard to teaching facilities, M.U.S.T. not only owns a beautiful campus, but also has several modern teaching buildings, well-established laboratories, and rich collections in the library. M.U.S.T. advocates a tolerant, harmonious, professional and caring campus ethos to cultivate students with all-round development of their character. M.U.S.T. sets up the Mentor scheme to assist the freshmen in coping with problems in their new 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 and multi-functional rooms that is open for students to use for free all year round. The Art Troupe offers students with a stage to show their artistic talent; it has also become a M.U.S.T. brand-name in art and culture. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Planning helps students identify 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. The Student Affairs Office organizes visits, trips and community activities for students, and also encourages students to participate actively in various professional competitions locally and abroad. Based on students’ interests, the Student Affairs Office coordinates many kinds of training courses and provides them with guidance and counseling services as required. There are convenience stores, bank centers, student restaurant, teaching restaurant, coffee corner, computer stores, physical development center, an Olympic-standard track and field stadium and gymnasium, indoor stadium and tennis courts facilities, providing conveniences for students to exercise and satisfy all their living needs. The University Hospital that is located in the campus provides 24-hour support services and handles the emergencies for students and staff. The Hospital has advanced equipment, and in addition to a local professional medical team, it also has a specialist team made up with experts from national, foreign, Hong Kong and other places. Additionally, M.U.S.T. is equipped with 24-hour security patrol in the campus and dormitory to protect the orderly campus environment. The 5th student campus dormitory building has been put into use, providing better conditions for teachers and students in work, study, and living; the new teaching block is also now under construction. The new teaching block has several teaching kitchens, many classrooms and offices; such hardware facilities will help M.U.S.T. further improve its campus environment. Academic Exchange and International Cooperation Internationalization has been an important momentum for 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 with M.U.S.T.’s goal of internationalization. At present, M.U.S.T. has established many types of cooperation partnerships with approximately one hundred institutions in Europe, America and Australia, mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, in terms of educational programs, academic research, personnel training, student exchanges and other areas. It is also 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 for students to pursue further overseas studies or overseas employment in many forms, including by recommending students to overseas graduate programs. Looking ahead, M.U.S.T. will continue to attach equal fundamental importance to teaching and research, attract talents from all fields, hold tight to the key of “quality” and “innovation”, fully exert its role of being a non-profit private university, improve its development of excellent education and outstanding research, serve the community, and fulfill its mission and educational purposes.