Through the years of development, UM has become a leading university in Macao, with remarkable progresses in teaching, research, and community service. In recent years, it has set a goal of becoming a research-focused university with first-class achievements. UM’s research prowess is reflected in the number of research papers authored by staff and students which are published in international journals. The quantity of published papers has increased from about 77 in 2007 to over 1,400 in 2017, more than 18 times increase over the past nine years. In particular, the output from UM’s first two state key labs is most impressive. After seven years, the State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI and State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine have won plaudits from both national and international experts, cementing UM’s academic standing in integrated circuits and Chinese medicine, as well as in the incubation of talented researchers. In 2018, UM established the third state key labs, namely State Key Laboratory of Internet of Things for Smart City, to promote smart city development in Macao and Greater Bay Area.
The university’s long years of robust effort have paid off, having chalked up a considerable amount of high-quality research with a sound theoretical footing. In recent years, UM has embarked on close collaborations with industry. In doing so, it has experimented with different models of cooperation in order to push the products downstream, turning them into valuable social assets. UM has gradually come of age and has emerged from the shadow of purely academic journals.