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

I. Powers & Duties

According to the Regulations of the Organizational Structure of UM (effective on 08/11/2018), the Global Affairs Office shall have the following powers and duties:

  1. To assist UM in devising the strategic development direction of global affairs so as to enhance its competitiveness within the region;
  2. To foster the development, promotion and maintenance of the networks between UM and the academic institutes in other regions, and to conduct exchange visits;
  3. To initiate or coordinate various activities so as to enhance the global status of UM and uplift the academic and cultural atmosphere within the campus;
  4. To coordinate with different units and their resources in order to implement global exchange programmes and other cultural activities effectively.


II. Functions

GAO is responsible for the following functions in accordance with its powers and duties.

  1. Global Engagement
    1. Strategic Development – Support Vice Rector (Global Affairs) to analyze and define strategic plans and partners, including academic institutions, international associations, alliances, and other external entities, to realize the global strategy of UM.
    2. Networking – Establish connection with external academic or education-related entities to develop partnerships and collaborations with UM, and thus to execute the global strategic plans. Act as focal contact unit for academic or education-related entities that are interested in collaborating or developing partnership with UM.
    3. Academic Visit – Coordinate academic visits from academic or education-related entities for identifying potential cooperation. Conduct academic visits to UM’s partners and potential partners for propelling and fostering the global partnership.
    4. Engagement – Coordinate engagement affairs between UM and external academic or education-related entities. Manage the related agreements, including joint/dual degree programme, student/academic exchange, alliance, joint platform/center/laboratory establishment, etc.
  2. Campus Internationalization
    1. International student recruitment – Implement the strategy for international student recruitment and manage international student scholarship.
    2. Student/Staff exchange – Promote and nurture students with an international perspective through the participation of exchange programmes, cultural exchanges and study abroad programmes. Coordinate exchange programmes (including Semester Time Exchange Programme, Summer/Winter Programme, Student Researcher Programme, Cambridge Clare Hall Visiting Fellowship Programme, Erasmus Programme, Ten Thousand Talents Programme for student exchange, etc.), and administrate scholarships for outgoing exchange.
  3. Other External Affairs
    1. Delegation Visit – Support courtesy visits from the delegation of consulates-general, embassies and other official.