DILI, 23 november 2023 (TATOLI) – The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, and Culture (MoHESC) will collaborate with higher education institutions in the Philippines to provide scholarships for young Timorese to be trained in various areas to contribute to the country’s development.
The Minister of Higher Education and Science, José Honório Jerónimo, said that establishing cooperation with advanced universities in the Philippines is important for the development of Timor-Leste’s human resources.
“We discussed a lot of stuff, one of which was cooperation with universities in the Philippines, as well as Malaysia, which has an advanced and qualified education system in the Southeast Asian region. The collaboration will focus on investing in human resources by awarding scholarships so that young Timorese can acquire skills to contribute to national development,” Minister Jerónimo told reporters after a meeting with Timor-Leste’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Marciano da Silva, in Dili.
He pointed out that, with Timor-Leste’s desire to become a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), it is necessary to cooperate with the organization’s member countries to support the investment of human resources in the areas of tourism, fisheries, and engineering.
Jerónimo said that the ambassador would identify the best higher education institutions in the Philippines so that, in the following years, the government can provide scholarships for young Timorese in specific fields to pursue their higher studies.
He added that providing scholarships to young Timorese in various specific areas will definitely contribute to the expansion of technical education, as a strategic way to grow the economy, through the creation of the Polytechnic Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Tourism Agencies and Guides in Lautem, the Polytechnic Institute of Engineering in Suai and the Academy of Fisheries and Maritime Studies in Manatuto.
When asked about the number of scholarships, Minister Jerónimo said that the process is still underway.
Journalist: Camilo de Sousa
Editor: Filomeno Martins