|Portuguese president visits BFSU to promote education exchange (People's Daily Online/ Wang Xin)|
Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva visited Beijing Foreign Studies University and witnessed the launch of Sino-Portugal Culture Cooperation Association last Friday.
The association was established by Beijing Foreign Studies University and University of Lisbon, with the aims to promote the teaching resources and experiences of the Chinese and Portuguese languages in each other’s countries, as well as to foster talents that are proficient in both languages.
The value of learning Portuguese
During the visit, President Cavaco Silva delivered a speech; he introduced Portugal’s history, culture, economy and value of learning Portuguese to Portuguese-learning Chinese students.
“Portuguese is the official language of nearly 250 million people in eight countries on four continents. Portuguese is one of the idioms with greater worldwide expansion. It is also the most spoken language in the southern hemisphere and one of the most used on the Internet and, above all, in the social networks. Simultaneously, it is an official language in several international organizations, including the European Union, the African Union and the Iberian American Community,” he said. “I am pleased to see the interest in the Portuguese language rises in China and the knowledge guaranteed high level of employment.”
Cavaco Silva believes the promotion of Portuguese education in China will enhance the bilateral cooperation in culture and economic trades, and create more cooperative opportunities between China and Portuguese-speaking countries. He also hopes to launch a direct air route between China and Portugal to further the friendship and understanding between people of the two countries.
Portuguese study in China
“More close cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries has a higher demand on Portuguese-speaking talents in China, and Portuguese study in China is developing fast, but it is also facing many problems and challenges,” said Peng Long, the Chancellor of Beijing Foreign Studies University where Portuguese and other language are taught. “Sino-Portugal Culture Cooperation Association is timely. The university will make contribution to promoting language education, culture exchange for two countries.”
During his visits in BFSU, Cavaco Silva answered questions from Chinese students who study Portuguese, which focus on building their career development. He was surprised by these students’ learning efficiency and encouraged them to travel in Portugal; moreover, Cavaco Silva applauded the university’s teaching quality and said BFSU has played a dynamic role in the dissemination of Portuguese in China.