Mission of Residential College System
The University of Macau (UM) implements a Residential College (RC) system modelled upon the successful experience of world-class universities, including the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in order to provide a multifaceted education to the students. Ten residential colleges (RCs) have became operational on the new campus since the 2014/2015 academic year, namely:
- Chao Kuang Piu College
- Cheng Yu Tung College
- Cheong Kun Lun College
- Choi Kai Yau College
- Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College
- Lui Che Woo College
- Ma Man Kei and Lo Pak Sam College
- Moon Chun Memorial College
- Shiu Pong College
- Stanley Ho East Asia College
A perfect complement to the faculty-based system, the RC system is a vehicle for carrying out whole-person education and for helping undergraduates achieve well-rounded development and become future leaders of society. Through a curriculum-based approach, the ten RCs offer experiential collegiate learning to help students acquire soft skills beyond their chosen fields of study and grow into well-rounded graduates who are knowledgeable, academically accomplished, self-reflective, compassionate, socially responsible, with good interpersonal skills, wide interests, and the ability to rise up to challenges and pursue lifelong learning in a pluralist environment.
Emphasizing the importance of personal growth of undergraduates as an integral part of their holistic cultivation, the Residential College (RC) System of the University of Macau (UM) offers students another dimension to education alongside their majors. The purpose of RC learning is to develop students’‘soft’skills through experiential learning outside the classroom. Drawing from successful experience of world-class universities, UM created two pilot RCs in 2010. Now with ten RCs fully running and their activities formalized into their curriculum, students can enjoy the benefit of experiential collegiate learning under such a setting. A set of generic competency indices and an evaluation system have been put in place to make sure that students have met the pre-set requirements of the community and peer education before students graduate.