- Lead in investigating and inventing human centered information and communication technologies addressing some of the priorities central to the United Nations such as: sustainability, development, governance, and peace and security.
- Impact policymakers, within the UN system and beyond, through actionable knowledge and thought-leadership.
- Nurture the next generation of inter-disciplinary computing, information and social scientists; and engineers in developing countries.
- Embrace the enormous dynamism of the city of Macau and Pearl River Delta region while still working globally.
What are your main areas of research?
UNU-CS is a research start-up with a dynamic and entrepreneurial attitude. All areas of information and communication technologies and international development are open for consideration. Potential research ideas are evaluated based on an assessment of: importance (is this a high-impact area with global import and UN relevance), fit (can UNU-CS realistically make a difference in this area), people (do we have or can we hire world-class passionate research staff in this area).
During our start-up phase we are launching three research labs each with their own (cross-cutting) focus.
Who is on your international Advisory Board?
Dr. Edward Cutrell (USA), Chair
Manager, Technology for Emerging Markets Group, Microsoft Research India
Dr. Omobola Johnson (Nigeria)
Honorary Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI)
Prof. Deepak Kapur (India)
Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering, University of New Mexico
Prof. Tze Yun Leong (Malaysia)
Professor of Information Systems, School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University
Prof. Tim Unwin (UK)
Professor of Geography Emeritus, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr. Zhang Xu (China)
Director, Center of Science and Technology Studies, The Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China
Prof. Wei Zhao (China)
Rector and Chair Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Macau
Just where (and why) is it in Macau?
UNU-CS is situated on the Macau peninsula in Casa Silva Mendes. Built in 1905, this neoclassical mansion once belonged to Manuel de Sliva Mendes, a renowned writer and art collector. In 1999 the original building interiors were renovated along with the creation of two modern additions. The interiors are currently undergoing additional renovations creating a world-class research facility within an early 20th century stately mansion.
While Macau is well known for its dynamic gaming industry, UNU-CS is situated in the heart of the Portuguese and Chinese inspired city center and located within the dynamic Pearl River Delta region with easy linkages to Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
The United Nations University began its presence in Macau in 1992 with the establishment of the International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST) created thanks to generous support from the government of the Peoples Republic of China, Portugal, and the Special Administrative Region of Macau. Growing out of this foundation, UNU-CS is an energetic and innovative new initiative of the United Nations University in Macau.