The venerable University
of Macau (UM) continues to heavily invest energy, funds, and other
resources into developing information technology and applying it
to various campus activities such as teaching, academic research,
and daily administrative operations.
In 1993, UM assembled the first local fiber and
structural network system, and pioneered the large-scale organizational
use of e-mail in Macao.
In 1994, UM established both the first Internet
connections in Macao, and the Macao Internet Network Information
Center (MONIC). Since its inception, MONIC has had exclusive local
authority to register local users under the domain name root [.mo]
in Macao. MONIC also acts as an information service center for local
institutions such as the government, public organizations, and bodies
of higher education.
In 1998, UM introduced the first local Asynchronous
Transfer Mode (ATM) system, one that continues to be amongst the
fastest network systems in Macao. UM also established the first
e-campus in Macao, and began implementation of an on-line education
the beginning of 2000, our Net-Port Service was launched. This enabled
both students and staff-members to connect to the UM campus network
using their personal laptop computer at any time.
In September 2000, the "Mobile Campus"
concept was launched. A UM smart card replaced traditional student
cards and staff cards. A wireless network access point service was
made available. This enabled users anywhere on campus to connect
to the UM Campus network using their personal laptop computer.
In 2001, the UM campus became the largest wireless
network region in Macao.
students are not only free to use campus computer laboratories around
the clock ("24/7"), they can also access the network from
off- campus locations using the 180 dial-up lines provided by UM.
In order to enable as many students as possible to enjoy the Mobile
Campus experience, students can even borrow laptop computers from
UM loaded with a wireless network card, or just borrow a wireless
network card from UM for their laptop computer. Now UM smart cards
can also function as an "e-purse" enabling students to
make payments on campus for "In-house" services. Additionally,
the efficiency of administrative procedures has been enhanced through
the application of a paperless electronic workflow system.
UM will continue investing heavily to develop its
information technology and to maintain its position as the leader
in the application of information technology in Macao. During the
next two years, in addition to continuously upgrading both software
and hardware, some practical new projects are planned, including:
- Implementation of a Knowledge Management System;
- Setting up an Information System Disaster
- Enhancing the facilities, support, and promotion
of online education in UM;
- Setting up a more sophisticated campus network;
- Developing more functions for the UM smart
- Developing more paperless electronic workflow