Signature Research Cluster Project

The IAS has launched three Signature Research Clusters (SRCs). It will invite internal scholars who are successful researchers as principal investigators. They will conduct impactful and significant research related to the three SRCs through collaboration and teamwork across disciplines in arts, humanities and sciences. Each SRC is overseen by a vice rector, who is assisted by a steering committee appointed by him/her.

With the aid of the steering committee, the vice rector concerned will select and organize projects for the respective SRC. Professors can also recommend their research projects to the vice rector. The projects will be proposed by the vice rector to the academic committee for deliberation and approval before submission to the advisory committee for confirmation. Upon formal approval, the institute will announce the projects on its official website and also facilitate the subsequent execution and outcome reporting. Funding for the projects comes from various sources, internal or external. The IAS generally provides basic research subsidies for the projects. However, it may allocate more funding to strategic or forward-looking projects as appropriate.

Chinese culture in diverse cultural environment

To examine, from the perspective of humanities and social sciences, how Macao can evolve into a platform for cultural exchange that emphasizes Chinese culture while also embracing multiculturalism. The IAS will work closely with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Business Administration, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law,  the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Centre for Chinese History and Culture, the Confucius Institute and other units to create synergies.

Objectives:

  • To enrich the Chinese culture in Macao and make it more vibrant and creative;
  • To construct globally applicable Chinese narratives in a multi-cultural context; and
  • To develop UM into a Chinese culture powerhouse of the world outside mainland China.

New opportunities at the intersection of arts and sciences

The IAS explores the ethical, legal, societal, business and other issues arising from technological development. To this end, the institute will work closely with UM’s state key laboratories and relate its research to the newly established research focuses such as brain sciences, artificial intelligence and big data. Meanwhile, it will also collaborate with the Institute of Collaborative Innovation, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Business Administration, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law,  the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences and other units to create synergies.

Objectives:

  • To enrich the dialogue between humanities and technology;
  • To explore cutting-edge topics that integrate arts and sciences; and
  • To create synergies between arts and sciences.

Macao in a global perspective

To study the socio-cultural evolution of Macao and the key topics related to its social stability and economic development. This goal is to be achieved by constructing new narratives of the history of Macao that connect its past to its present. To this end, the institute will work closely with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Business Administration, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law,  the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Centre for Macau Studies to create synergies.

Objectives:

  • To provide research-based intellectual support for policy making in the areas of law, education, business, and culture in Macao;
  • To enhance the understanding of Macao in a comparative, inter-disciplinary and global perspective; and
  • To promote inter-disciplinary studies of Macao.