Economic development in the world today tends to lie in the competition of soft power such as cultural creativity, while the creative economy has become the key of the game in the international market. Macao is situated in one of the new hot spots in the culture and economy of China and of the world, and it is a natural tendency to keep in line with the international trend. In response to the Central Government’s direction for adequate diversification of Macao’s economy, the Macao SAR government is committed to developing cultural and creative industries in recent years and devising new policies that aim at leading Macao’s economy to the path of diversified long-term sustainable development of regional economy. Apart from benefiting long-term economic development, cultural and creative industries contain cultural and artistic elements, which contribute to uplifting Macao residents’ humanistic quality, enhancing cultural and aesthetic life so as to bring Macao up to the level of a high-quality society of refined taste.
In view of this, the Macao Polytechnic Institute, being an institution that has a creative art school with most extensive experience in Macao, had obtained the Secretary’s approval and officially established the Cultural and Creative Industry Teaching and Research Centre on 1 March 2016. The Centre will facilitate personnel training and research in Macao’s cultural and creative industries to proceed and develop in a more holistic and effective way. The Centre will also, in the role of an academic institution, investigate the topic on cooperation across governmental sectors in support of the development of cultural and creative industries, in order to bring together the energies across the public sector, fine tune the direction, and enhance and exercise developmental impetus more effectively, jointly promoting Macao’s cultural creativity.
The Cultural and Creative Industry Teaching and Research Centre will be devoted in responding to the real need in mid- and long-term teaching and training for the development of cultural and creative industries in Macao and enhancing academic research and the research and development of the cultural and creative profession. We will offer more holistic, robust and effective strategies to the thriving of Macao’s cultural and creative industries and train more suitable and sufficient talents for Macao’s cultural and creative industries to benefit the residents.