The genesis of the university dates from 1981 when its predecessor, the private University of East Asia (UEA), was co-founded by Mr Wong King Keung, Mr Edward Woo Pak Hay, and Mr Peter Eng Yuk Lun, on a plot of land leased by the local government to Ricci Island West.
Prof Hsueh Shou Sheng was appointed the founding rector of UEA. The university motto was ‘Humanity, Integrity, Propriety, Wisdom, and Sincerity’.
The UM campus covers an area of 820,000m2 and more than 60 buildings. Faculty students and Macau residents can enter and exit the campus through an underwater tunnel.
The campus is divided into four parts – east, south, west and north. The library, Central Teaching Building, facilities and Student Activity Centre are in the east. The Postgraduate Houses and Staff Quarters are in the south. The residential colleges are in the west, while the research buildings, Administration Building, sports facilities and University Hall are in the north.