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140 universities lecturers sit for Portuguese language test for masters and doctoral scholarships

140 universities lecturers sit for Portuguese language test for masters and doctoral scholarships

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DILI, 15 december 2021 (TATOLI) – Around 140 lecturers of private universities sit for Portuguese language tests to compete for 56 places of the scholarship offered by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Culture (MoHSC) for masters and doctoral courses in Portugal.

A trainer at the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Culture, Susana Mendonça, said that the ministry would provide 56 vacancies for the lecturers of the private universities to apply for the master’s and doctoral scholarships to study in Portugal.

“Due to the Covid-19 situation, they will be going to study in Portugal. Portugal offers the necessary conditions to the 56 scholarship recipients. Today, 140 candidates attended the test for these scholarships,” Mendonca told reporters, in Dili.

Mendonça informed that the scholarships are given only for the lecturers of the private higher education institutions, such as the University of Dili (UNDIL), Unpaz University (UNPAZ), Oriental University of Timor-Leste (UNITAL), and the Institutes of Business (IOB), and the Dili Institute of Technology (DIT).

“Those candidates who are going to pass this test will attend a Portuguese Language course between February and July, next year. Probably, they will be leaving for Portugal in August or September 2021,” she added.

Lúcio Barros, the current UNPAZ lecturer expressed his content with the provision of the scholarship to study in Portuguese Speaking Countries CPLP.

“The constitution has already defined Tetum and Portuguese as our official languages. I’m a Timorese and an academician, so I need to improve the quality of teaching at my university, especially in the use of the Portuguese language”, he concluded.

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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