The Department of Chinese Language and Literature (the Chinese Department in short) is one of the first disciplines established at the University of Macau. Chinese Studies has long assumed an important position in the four-decade long development of the University. In recent years, the concerted support from the university has greatly strengthened the Chinese Department in its core teaching faculty and in advances made in the Chinese discipline. Such institutional support has contributed to substantial headway in teaching, research, and contribution to the discipline to the extent that a sound momentum has been achieved featuring a well-established discipline, strong teaching faculty, comprehensive pedagogical framework, and a rigorous and open academic atmosphere.
In recent years, the Department has strengthened its cultural construction and spiritual cultivation. “Seeking the truth, refraining from vulgarity, and appreciating goodness” becomes the cultural character of the Department. “Being a knowledgeable young man and an erudite gentleman” is the spiritual temperament of the Department faculty members and students. The Department puts these as the goals in running the Department, conducting research, and educating students.
The Department maintains a balance between Chinese literature and linguistics, having established an outstanding academic reputation in both fields. The programmes include courses in linguistics, literature, and cultural studies. The goal is to foster students with an open and inquisitive mind that helps them better adapt and contribute to a rapidly changing world.