Established on September 16, 1991, Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI) is a public institution of higher education with an emphasis on applied knowledge and skills. MPI’s motto is “knowledge, expertise and global vision”, and the Institute strives to achieve international standards in teaching and learning, building an e-campus, ensuring administrative compliance with the law and sound research management. Small in size and compact in structure, MPI adopts the strategy of “dual emphasis on teaching and research”, with a commitment to remain “rooted in Macao and backed up by the motherland while facing the world and striving for excellence”. The present members of the Board of Management are Professor Lei Heong Iok, President, Professor Im Sio Kei, Vice President, and Dr Chan Wai Cheong, Secretary-General. Currently there are approximately 230 academic staff (65% of which possess a doctoral degree) and 50 professional trainers, together serving a population of approximately 3,000 fulltime students on degree programmes and 10,000 students on non-degree training courses.
In MPI there are six Schools, namely, Languages and Translation, Business, Public Administration, Physical Education and Sports, Arts and Health Sciences, providing a broad range of bachelor degree programmes in areas such as Translation and Interpretation (Chinese-English / Chinese-Portuguese), International Chinese Language Education, E-commerce, Marketing, Accounting, Public Relations, Management, Gaming and Recreation Management, Public Administration, Social Work, Computing, Sino-Lusophone Trade Relations, Physical Education, Visual Arts, Music, Design, Nursing, and Biomedical Technologies (Medical Laboratory and Pharmacy Technologies). In cooperation with several leading universities at home and abroad, MPI offers joint master degree programmes in areas such as Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Sports Social Science, Physical Education and Sports Coaching, Sports Science, Physical Education, Social Work, Specialty Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technology, Public Administration, Public Management (MPA), Government Management, Engineering, Interdisciplinary Arts and Translation and Conference Interpretation, as well as joint PhD programmes in Portuguese Language and Culture, Public Management and Education. These programmes are all practically oriented, emphasizing both the acquisition of knowledge and cultivation of skills. Since its establishment, MPI has produced tens of thousands of professionals who are now serving in a variety of industries, playing important roles in society by utilizing their professional knowledge and skills, and receiving positive feedback from their employers.
Apart from offering degree programmes, MPI is also devoted to its missions in research and training. Research specialisms are located in, amongst others, the Social, Economic and Public Policy Research Centre, the Centre of Sino-Western Cultural Studies, the “One Country, Two Systems” Research Centre, the Language and Culture Research Centre of Macao, the MPI-QMUL Information Systems Research Centre, the Portuguese Language Teaching and Research Centre, the Gaming Teaching and Research Centre as well as the Cultural and Creative Industries Teaching and Research Centre, Chinese-Portuguese-English Machine Translation Laboratory. Training courses are conducted primarily in the Centre of Continuing Education and Special Projects, the MPI-Bell Centre of English (which includes the only IELTS International English Training and Testing Centre and BULATS Business Language Testing Service in Macao) and the Seniors Academy.
MPI’s Schools and Centres aim to ensure that their research promotes high teaching standards, contributes to discussions on current social issues and facilitates the implementation of Government policy, through conducting a variety of activities such as initiating collaborative research projects, publishing academic periodicals, organizing international academic conferences and Macao-wide competitions in areas such as English Speaking and Information Technology, in cooperation with prestigious universities and institutions overseas and on the Mainland. MPI’s research output, notably with regard to its research papers published in journals and award-winning monographs, has witnessed annual increases.
In recent years, in response to the SAR Government’s higher education policy of promoting academic accreditation, we have been committed to seeking accreditation to improve management and teaching quality. In February 2014, UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) announced on its website that MPI has received a Judgement of “confidence”, the highest rating given by the QAA. This is the first internationally recognised institutional review ever undertaken by a higher education institution in Macao. QAA has commended MPI’s academic standards, quality of learning opportunities, information about learning opportunities, and enhancement of learning quality, thus demonstrating that MPI meets international standards.
With this important process MPI will continue to strive for excellence in accordance with its philosophy of high quality, student-centred education. Rooted in Macao while serving the society, MPI endeavours to grow into a continuously improving higher education institution of excellence in terms of management, teaching and research within a vibrant academic culture, with the aim of dedicating itself to the social, economic and cultural development of Macao.