Legalized gaming industry in Macao can be traced back to as early as the first half of 19th century. In more than 150 years of its development, Macao's gaming industry has played a significant role in domestic economy and is a major contributor of public revenue. As the only Chinese city with legalized casino gaming, Macao S.A.R has been being positioned distinctly as an international centre for gaming-led tourism and as a hub for international conferences and exhibitions.
To cope with the spread of new and expanded casino industries in Asia, Macao has to strengthen its competitive advantage by introducing two more gaming concessionaire. This move essentially helped to stimulate competition and speed up the market efficiency. In line with the liberalization of the gaming industry, Macao economic development enters a new era. With this comes increasing demand for a lot of professional practitioners in casino industry and gaming regulation. As Macao's leading higher education institution, the University of Macao continues to fulfill her commitment by satisfying the educational demands of Macao's society. As such, the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Macao decided to offer a Bachelor's Degree Program in Gaming Management in September 2003 (which is now named as the Bachelor of Science Degree in International Integrated Resort Management Programme).
The objectives of this program are:
To be the premier provider of gaming management education in Asia;
To offer professional and management training opportunities to business students seeking career opportunities in the casino industry and related fields such as gaming regulation;
To provide a basis for business, technical and ethical knowledge in gaming management;
To provide well-trained executives for the management of contemporary multi-faceted casino industry and enhance the industry's level of professionalism.
Since 2003, around 20 to 30 top students from the faculty were admitted into this program each year. Out of the 28 students of the first batch who graduated in June 2006, 26 joined the casino industry in Macao. Their professional performance was highly regarded by the industry and admired by their colleagues. Among the other 2 students who did not join the casino industry, one chose to join the public sector and another one decided to purse a graduate degree.
In congruence with the rapidly-changing competitive environment in global casino industry, the faculty is currently reviewing the curriculum of its Gaming Management program. This revision will not only ensure the marketability of our graduates but also enable them to meet the ever-increasing demands of the industry in Macao and across Asia.