The Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (IAS) is an academic unit established under the University of Macau (UM) towards the end of 2019. The institute is committed to building a university-level research platform which breaks the ‘boundaries’ between faculties. It also aims to serve the university by training globally competitive inter-disciplinary research teams in humanities and social sciences, and devising strategic plans for synergic development of academic resources. On the one hand, the IAS advances the university’s research in related fields, trains young talent, and promotes collaboration between humanities and technology. On the other hand, it also shoulders the responsibility of giving back to the community. The IAS aspires to serve as a comprehensive local think-tank for cross-disciplinary research, and to develop theories and empirical studies for various policies and fields of Macao. These efforts are made towards ensuring the sustainable development of Macao and its participation in the development of and integration into the Greater Bay Area.
The IAS plans to hold a series of academic activities, such as Culture@UM talks, Culture@UM community forums, and regular cross-disciplinary dialogues over lunch. In its early stage, the institute will also build research teams in order to launch three Signature Research Clusters with the designated themes of Chinese culture in diverse cultural environment, new opportunities at the intersection of humanities and sciences, and Macao in a global perspective. The institute will initiate these three Signature Research Clusters on its own initiative and invite internal scholars with research achievements to be principal investigators to carry out sub-projects centred around the themes. Through this kind of cross-disciplinary effort, synergy and collaboration between arts and sciences, the institute hopes to achieve academic breakthroughs with far-reaching impacts.