The University of Dhaka (DU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Portuguese institution Camoes – Instituto da CooperaOao e da L-ngua of Portugal to establish academic links between the two institutions as well as to promote and disseminate the language and Portuguese culture in Bangladesh.
DU Mamtaz Treasurer Uddin Ahmed and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese institution, Ambassador Joao Ribeiro de Almeida, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of their respective parties during a virtual ceremony held simultaneously at both institutions on Tuesday, BSS reports citing a DU press release.
This cooperation protocol will focus on the promotion of the teaching of the Portuguese language and the dissemination of the Portuguese language and culture in Bangladesh.
Within the framework of the signed protocol, the Modern Language Institute of the University of Dhaka and Camoes, the Instituto da CooperaOao e da L-ngua of Portugal will collaborate in the introduction of Portuguese language courses and studies at the University of Dhaka, to the allocation of scholarships to professors and students of the Portuguese language, to the promotion of cultural and scientific activities, etc.
“The two institutions will work closely together for the development and dissemination of the Portuguese language and culture in Bangladesh,” said Camoes IP Chairman, Ambassador Joao Ribeiro de Almeida.
Mentioning this as a start, he added that his institution was ready to explore areas of cooperation within this framework.
UD Treasurer, Professor Dr. Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed said, “By signing this MoU, the Portuguese language course will be introduced at IML in cooperation with the Camoes Institute. Both the institution will benefit from the proper application of the protocol, he estimated.
Referring to the historical connection between the countries, Ambassador Tarik Ahsan said the language has been an important heritage between the peoples of Bangladesh and Portugal since the late 16th century. The two counties should leverage this area to push bilateral relations to a new high, he added.
The embassy would be ready to extend its cooperation in the future also in the implementation of the agreement, he added.
Head of Programming, Training and Certification Camoes Institute Rui Vicente de Azevedo, First Secretary Bangladesh Embassy Abdullah Al Razi, Director Institute of Modern Languages (IML) Prof Dr ABM Razaul Karim Faquire and Deputy Secretary of Bangladesh Foreign Ministry Ashiq Billah was also present on the occasion.