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.
The founding purpose of the Centre is “to pursue research on Macau society from the standpoint of Macau itself, for serving the development of Macau.” Since it’s establishment, the Rector of the University would serve as the Director for the Centre, as a practice to emphasize the importance of the Centre. Mr. Wong Han Keung was appointed as the vice-director from 1988 to 2001. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Ieong Wan Chong was appointed as acting-director to the Centre. The Dean of FSS, Prof. Hao Yufan served as the acting director from 2008 to June 2017. Since July 2017, Agnes Iok Fong Lam, Associate Professor of FSS, was appointed as the acting director of CMS, and appointed as Director of CMS since August 2018.
In retrospect to the past 30 years, CMS actively launched research projects and initiated intellectual dialogues to meet the needs of Macau at the frontier of the era. At a different time, CMS would commit itself to various thematic scholarly discussions to serve Macau. Like in the 1980s and 1990’s, CMS linked the local and regional scholars to research on the issues that Macau might encounter before and after the Handover in 1999. In the first decade of the 21st century, CMS had a particular focus on the issues regarding the implementation of the “One country and Two System” and later, the preservation of Macau Heritage. In the past decade, a new theme named “Macaology” that promoting Macau historical studies was the dominant theme of research. All of these works have significant contributions to the Macau society and the scholarly community