Introduction

Established in 2009, the Global Affairs Office (GAO) was originally a part of the functions at the Rector’s Office. GAO is committed to enhance the internationalization of the University by establishing a strategic international network and partnership for the University. The international network of University of Macau covers most regions of the world. GAO offers advice and guidance to faculties, departments, and other internal units of the University in establishing international partnerships, students and staff exchanges, joint academic and research collaborations, and agreement signing both at the faculty level and to University level. As a member of several important regional and international university associations and consortia (IAU, IAUP, CRUP, AULP, IAESTE A.s.b.l. and Eurasia Pacific Uninet), the University of Macau participates actively in board meetings, annual conferences, and higher education summit and forums organized by these international bodies.

Roles and Functions

GAO is charged with the following roles and functions:

  • Assist Rector and Vice Rectors in identifying and establishing collaboration with strategic academic partners for the University
  • Assist Rector and Vice Rectors in conceptualizing, planning, and executing specific international activity to pursue the aim and objective of the internationalization of the University
  • Act as interface with international associations, affiliations, non-local universities, and external organizations in maintaining relations and collaborations with the University
  • Act as the first point of contact for enquiries from individuals and institutions at overseas and China (Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan) that are interested in academic collaboration
  • Act as focal contact unit for external organizations and academic institutions, official foreign representatives, consulates-general and embassies in conducting courtesy visits or joint activities at the University
  • Act as hosting office of international programmes, fellowship, and visitorship administered at university level
  • Coordinate outgoing official visits and international and regional working trips for senior management members at university level
  • Act as advisory unit of academic agreements signed at university level and maintain archive of these agreements in an accessible database format
  • Promote mobility of staff and students
  • Provide source and support of international opportunities
  • Operate Students Exchange Programme and Outgoing Exchange Scholarship