DILI, 29 march 2022 (TATOLI) – The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Culture (MESCC) will hold a seminar to learn about the decree-law that establishes the standard curriculum of national higher education.
This new curriculum regulates the binary system, higher education degrees and diplomas, the conditions for their attribution, the respective credit systems, the academic calendar, the system of evaluation of the curricular units and the conclusion of the study programmes.
The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Culture, Longuinhos dos Santos, said that this law aims to standardize the national curriculum for public and private education.
The official also highlighted the importance of this decree-law to ensure that the institutions’ training offers are in line with the requirements of the global market.
“I guarantee that graduates will have the opportunity to acquire minimal knowledge and skills. This decree-law also facilitates the entrepreneurial spirit for students. This is a benefit of the binary system to regulate higher education”, he said, at the Universidade Oriental de Timor Lorosa’e, in Becora, Dili.
Longuinhos dos Santos mentioned, by way of example, the creation of the curricular unit “Introduction to Management”, of three credits, for all Faculties of Economics. Therefore, all higher education institutions should implement it.
The Rector of the National University of Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL), João Martins, also praised the MESCC’s initiative in preparing this national curriculum.
“It is very important that the country has a national standard to regulate all higher education courses. If any university wants to open a new course, it must fulfill the minimum requirements of the national curriculum and submit the proposal to the MESCC”, he said.
This decree-law also intends to regulate and develop the diplomas and degrees that the binary education system can offer to higher education students and also guarantee a transfer system between them.
It is recalled that this decree-law was approved by the Government on november 24, 2021.
Journalist: Isaura Lemos de Deus
Translator: José Belarmino De Sá
Editor: Maria Auxiliadora/Rafy Belo