Tuesday, March 27, 2012
That's according to an article here in Portuguese. This is one of those articles that seems to be full of information, and while it has a great deal of numbers they are quite unsatisfying, leaving the reader wondering exactly what China's plan is. I don't doubt that China wants to see a lot more Sino-Luso cooperation and learning of each other's languages, but the article is quite lacking. In point form, here is what it says:
-- The Chinese vice-minister of Education (Hao Ping) wants to see the University of Lisboa double its Portuguese classes in China over the next few years
-- He wants to see a platform with the University of Beijing and Polytechnical University of Macau to deepen the study of Portuguese in China, and to increase the teaching of Chinese in Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries like Angola.
-- At the moment there are 15 universities in China giving these courses and the vice-minister expressed interest to double this in the next few years
--The University of Lisboa has had a Confucius Institute since 2008 and 12 signed protocols with Chinese universities and Macau since 2007