Subject: LUSA: Portuguese universities ready to bolster Dili's education programs

04 Jun 02 13:13 East Timor: Portuguese universities ready to bolster Dili's education programs

Portuguese universities are ready and willing to increase their cooperation with East Timor, simply awaiting Lisbon´s blessing and financing, the executive-director of the Foundation of Portuguese Universities said Monday.

"As far as the Timorese are concerned we could double the number of courses and students" in Dili, Monica Pimentel told Lusa.

Portuguese professors currently offer courses in economics, agronomy, electrical engineering, computer sciences, and Portuguese language teaching at the University of East Timor.

In a parallel aid program, 233 Timorese students are studying at Portuguese universities and another 44 will get scholarships in September, Pimentel said.

Education is a priority area of cooperation for Portugal´s aid programs in East Timor.

SAS/PJA -Lusa-

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