In alignment with the RISE (Relevance, Impact, Significance and Excellence) development strategy of the university, the University of Macau (UM) has re-positioned its Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management (APAEM) in 2020. In support of interdisciplinary research, APAEM has appointed Prof. Rob Law as its Deputy Director.

Prof. Rob Law is University of Macau Development Foundation (UMDF) Chair Professor of Smart Tourism. He is also Honorary Professor of several other reputable universities. Prior to joining the University of Macau in July 2021, Prof. Law has worked in industry organizations and academic institutes. Prof. Law is an active researcher. He has received 80+ research related awards and accolades (e.g. recognized as the most prolific tourism/hospitality researcher in the world over two decades from 2000 to 2019 – International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 2021), as well as millions of USD external and internal research grants. In addition, Prof. Law has edited four books and published hundreds of research articles in first-tier academic journals. His publications have received 45,600+ citations, with h-index/i 10-index = 97/440 (http://scholar.google.com.hk/, accessed on July 1, 2021). In addition, Prof. Law serves different roles for 200+ research journals, and is a chair/committee member of more than 180 international conferences.

Prof. Michael Hui, Vice Rector (Academic Affairs) and Interim Director of APAEM, comments, ‘I am delighted to welcome Prof. Law to UM. He has distinguished himself with outstanding research achievements and leadership experience. We look forward to a successful journey ahead.’

With Prof. Law’s new role in UM and APAEM, he expresses, ‘University researchers, together with other stakeholders of the tourism and finance industries will be working together to make Macao one of the key cities in smart tourism and financial innovation. I am excited to be a part of the team, and look forward to seeing the great results. I would believe I can provide leadership to even more success but a person cannot do much. As such, utmost commitment and cooperation are needed to produce great outcomes and achievements. I very much look forward to the rich and rewarding years ahead.’

The APAEM aims to promote interdisciplinary research that has significant implications for the socio-economic development of Macao and the Greater Bay Area. For more information, please visit the APAEM’s official website at https://apaem.um.edu.mo/.