History & Heritage Public Lecture | Macau's First Modern University - Exploring the Early History of the University of East Asia



The Public Lecture will take place on Thursday, October 30, from 7PM – 8PM, at Rui Cunha Foundation.

About the Talk:

The University of East Asia, Macau’s first modern university and the ancestor of three current Macau tertiary institutions (the University of Macau, City University of Macau, and Macao Polytechnic University), began operations in 1981. Due to changes of ownership, name, and location, its own early records are somewhat patchy, especially those relating to its first ten years or so of operations. From the time it came into existence, the university was effectively a joint venture that brought together the interests of Hong Kong-based Chinese businessmen, who wished to meet the unsatisfied demand for higher education in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, and eventually China; Macau’s Portuguese-run government, which perceived the university as part of plans for Macau’s modernization and development; and the Macau community. Portuguese and other sources, many only recently available for research, provide new and enlightening insights into Portuguese involvement with and hopes for the early university; the decision by the Macau government to take over the university’s Macau-based operations in 1988; and the long-term impact of this split upon higher education in Macau.

About the Speaker:

Priscilla Roberts is a British-born historian, educated at King’s College, Cambridge, from which she holds BA and PhD degrees in History. Throughout her academic career she has researched aspects of international transitions of power and the role of elites, as private individuals and through institutions, in the making of foreign policy in the US, Britain, and the British dominions. She spent many years teaching at the University of Hong Kong, and has held many grants and fellowships from bodies in Hong Kong, the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and Macau. Since moving to Macau, she has also developed a strong interest in the territory’s history, especially in terms of its global significance.

She has produced 32 single-authored, edited, and co-edited books, and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her latest book is Voices of World War I: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2023).


Date: Thursday, 30 November 2023 
Time: 19:00 – 20:00
Location: Rui Cunha Foundation, Av. da Praia Grande, Nº749-R/C, Macau
Language: English

Organised by: Research Laboratory for Cultural Sustainability, Department of History and Heritage Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Saint Joseph Macao

Moderated by: Prof. Denis Zuev

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*This is a free event and open to the general public