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University of Macau could become a benchmark for teaching Portuguese in Asia – new principal – Atualidade



University of Macau could become a benchmark for teaching Portuguese in Asia - new principal - Atualidade

João Veloso told Lusa that UM “can position itself very well as a reference institution for teaching and research on topics related to language and culture in Portuguese” on the Asian continent.

The scholar recalled that the 36th Summer Portuguese Course at UM, held in July, attracted “hundreds of students, mainly from Asia, namely Vietnam, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Thailand”, despite the fact that it was held in full “online”.

In April this year, Macau lifted border restrictions on university students and foreign educators such as Portuguese teachers.

Those arriving from overseas or Hong Kong are still required to undergo a seven-day hotel quarantine, followed by three days of “medical self-monitoring” that can be done at home.

Veloso acknowledged that the restrictions “make it very difficult, for example, to bring graduate students from other countries.”

“What we are currently missing is applications from students from other places,” the academician said, stressing that the department did not feel a decrease in the number of local students.

Veloso stated that “the department has all the conditions for accepting students living in countries that are two to three hours’ flight from China” as an alternative to courses in Portugal or Brazil.

“Now we don’t have many students with such a profile,” complained the Portuguese.

“There is some optimism,” Veloso said about a possible relaxation of restrictions on the entry of foreigners without resident status “next year.”

But for now, the restrictions “narrow the selection” of new professors a bit, he acknowledged.

The department recently lost two professors, including former director Dora Nuñez Gago, and has mostly received “applications from people who are already in Macau,” he admitted.

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However, Veloso stressed that the restrictions do not interfere with “online meetings, joint research projects, joint publications” with other institutions, initiatives that are already planned.

The scientist recalled that there are several universities in the territory “where Portuguese is taught and research is carried out”, and said that the city should “take advantage of this network that there are so many people and so many institutions interested in the Portuguese language.”

Veloso’s appointment as director of the Portuguese department of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities was announced on Monday, although the academician took office on July 1.

Since 2018, Veloso has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Porto, taking on the role of promoting the Portuguese language and pedagogical innovation.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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