Design is a popular field nowadays because it is inextricably linked to almost every aspect of our daily life. Outstanding design is crucial to the success of many industries, ranging from computer engineering, technological development, spatial arrangement, business administration, educational model, publication, communication to tourism. This is of particular importance in the era of globalization and within a competitive international market. Furthermore, the creative minds and solutions are cultivated through the trainings offered in art and design, and therefore artistic design play an important role in the advancement of a society. With a wide range of academic disciplines and innovative science research centres in University of Macau, it provides promising conditions for the development of an interdisciplinary research centre and the cultivation of a new generation of design talents. Furthermore, as a public comprehensive university in Macau that emphasizes both teaching and research, enhancing students’ literacy in arts and humanities is an integral part of our mission. In addition, art and design is significant to the development of cultural and creative industry, which has been considered as a key to realize an economic diversification in Macau. This approach also effectively follows the vision of the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area” and “One-Belt-One-Road” concept and policy by the Central Government.
Centre for Design aims at establishing a platform for high-quality international exchange and collaborations. Through interdisciplinary research and cultivating art and design talents, it endeavors to promote innovations in the field of artistic design in Macau. While technologies and design are inseparably associated, it is our hope that the synthesis of new technologies, new media, and new design could be utilized to diversify Macau’s economy, enhancing the development of the cultural and creative industry, and to ensure a sustainable competitive advantage for Macau towards a world-class tourism and leisure center.
Centre for Design collaborates with the UM faculties, universities, and research institutions locally, nationally, and globally to initiate multimedia and innovative art and design projects. Research outcomes will be showcased in the forms of, but not limited to, performances, exhibitions, design projects, presentations, research papers, and publications to elevate University of Macau’s reputation and academic status in the related fields.
Centre for Design collaborates with Department of Communication and Faculty of Education to cultivate talents in the areas of interdisciplinary innovations in art and design, new media, and art education through postgraduate and doctoral degree programmes. The research direction will be interdisciplinary, opened, and kept up with the progression and trends of the related fields, as well as to put the social needs and research interests of scholars and students into considerations.