Macau Inter-University Institute moves to upgrade by 2011

Friday, September 12, 2008
Issue 464, Page 3
Word count: 581
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The new campus of the Macau Inter-University Institute (IIUM) will begin construction  in Ilha Verde within the next two months and with the estimated operation date being September 2010, said IIUM senior professor Ivo Carneiro de Sousa yesterday.

New licentiate and doctorate programs have been introduced in the 2008/2009 academic year at the IIUM and a press conference was held yesterday in the campus at Rua de Londres.

According to vice-rector for research and international relations, Professor Ivo Carneiro de Sousa, construction of the new IIUM campus with an estimated cost of 450 million is expected to commence in October or November this year for a period of 18 months to two years.

After the campus on a 1.5 hectare site starts to be operational hopefully for the academic year 2010/2011, Professor Carneiro told the Macau Daily Times that the current campus in the Nape area will then be used mainly for research purposes.

In addition, Professor Richard Whitfield, the pro-rector for organisational development, said the Ilha Verde campus will see the number of student intakes jump from their current 1,100 to about 2,400.

Of this, 800 places will be for senior secondary school programs, 1,200 for undergraduate courses and 400 for postgraduate courses.

In order to complement the IIUM’s principle academic strategy for 2007 to 2011, being to shift itself into a “research institute” or even to upgrade itself to become a university, the vice-rector said two licentiate and three PhD courses have been added to the IIUM program lists at present.

Moreover, a two-year Master’s degree in Social Psychology and a four-year licentiate degree in Media and Communications will be launched in the second semester beginning February 2009.

Professor Carneiro said 18 more teaching staff, which added up the total to 52, were recruited internationally to support the expansion.

He also told the MDTimes they were considering not to recruit professors without a PhD qualification after 2011.

The two four-year licentiate programs which have already begun this month are Philosophy and Global and Environmental Development.

The vice-rector said the Philosophy course focused on reinforcing students’ skills in conducting research and posing questions, with two special topics of political philosophy and business philosophy.

Meanwhile, the licentiate in Global and Environmental Development will look at research on international issues such as climate change and the energy crisis.

Following the proposal submitted by the IIUM’s manager, the Catholic Foundation for Higher Education, to amend the study plan of PhD programs, the SAR government in August approved the institute’s new doctorates offers in Global Studies, Psychology and Science, thus increasing the fields of PhD studies from six to nine.

All the new programs are as well sanctioned by the Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) and fully accredited in Macau, Professor Carneiro added.

According to Professor Whitfield, the licentiate degree of Media and Communications which will commence in February 2009 is a response to the strong growing regional demands for graduates with communications and media expertise.

The new campus in Ilha Verde will provide students with studio and performance space as well as internet TV and radio stations facilities, he added.

Apart from the new programs in this academic year, Professor Carneiro said the IIUM is at the same time preparing to open other courses in the area of life sciences such as nursing, medicine and biomedicine.

A licentiate degree in architecture is also in the preparation process, the vice-rector added.

For more information about the programs offered, call +853 87964400 or visit


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