The Centre for Macau Studies (CMS) is a University level research centre that is created to research on Macau. On 1st of June in 1987, the then-Rector Paul Ta-Kuang Lin founded CMS and named it as the Institute of Macau Studies. It was a unique academic unit directly operate under the University Management Board (UMB) at that time. In 1988, the Macau Foundation acquired the university and renamed it as the University of Macau (previously named as University of East Asia). CMS was renamed as “Centre for Macau Studies” since then.
To sum up, CMS aims to take five years to achieve its new position and becomes the leading Centre of interdisciplinary research on Macao and the Greater China region. We plan to take 2018 to 2019 as a transition period that will focus more on the reorganization of the Centre while maintaining our traditional functions and launching new initiatives. In the year 2020, we will have a major evaluation of our new mode of operation and new position. We take 2021 and 2022 as our major development period.
We plan to achieve our aims through the development of distinctive research approach and implementing all of our newly defined functions. And in 2022, the Centre will be identified as an important policy think-tank for Macau while being a leading Centre for interdisciplinary research on Macau and the Greater China region. And CMS will be able to function to achieve social impact, academic excellence and also contribute to creating knowledge about Macau.