Macao University to expand Portuguese program

By Wang Chuyang
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One of the leading Portuguese language schools in the country is looking to expand its language program and help other universities in the country with theirs, as China seeks to deepen its relations with Portuguese-speaking countries.

Macao Polytechnic Institute has played a crucial role in training Chinese-Portuguese translators, with a history of more than 100 years. Its language courses have been widely recognized as some of the strongest in the country. MPI was also designated a Portuguese learning school by the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban), and it trained all Confucius Institute teachers working in Portuguese-speaking countries.

"Our language courses have their own distinguishing features, and the school uses a different teaching style," said Principal Lei Heong Iok. "We also have high-level faculty and staff."

After offering only undergraduate courses in Portuguese, MPI now has plans for a graduate program in the language. Lei said new special features will spur future development of the school and expand its competitive edge, while still maintaining its identity.

At the same time, MPI will help develop Portuguese language education in universities in the mainland and foster more international academic exchange. The school will begin research projects with universities such as Beijing Foreign Studies University, Peking University and Shanghai International Studies University and help them set up Portuguese courses. It also will pursue collaboration through teacher exchanges with universities in Portuguese-speaking countries.

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