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Macao Higher Education Overview

Macao only started to develop modern tertiary education some 30 years ago. Since there were only a few tertiary education institutions in the early days, the range of programmes and disciplines offered by these institutions were relatively limited. However, as the number of institutions increased, and society demanded different types of expertise, the types of programmes have diversified.

Macao has 10 tertiary educational institutions. Four of them are public and six are private. During the 2016/2017 academic year, there were 2,265 teaching staff and 32,750 registered students in these institutions, with 267 programmes in operation including doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degree programmes, higher diplomas, postgraduate certificates and diploma programmes. In addition, 19 overseas institutions were granted approval in 2016 to offer 34 tertiary educational programmes.