Rhode Island College renews protocol with Instituto Camões of Portugal
Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rhode Island College Renews Cooperation with Instituto Camões
Agreement outlines shared goals among Institute, Rhode Island College and Portuguese government agency
Providence, RI – Rhode Island College and its Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies (IPLWS) and the Instituto Camões of Portugal (IC) recently renewed their cooperation agreement with a virtual signing by Dr. João Ribeiro de Almeida, President of Instituto Camões, and Dr. Helen Tate, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs for the college.
Launched in 2006, the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies is a non-traditional academic center at Rhode Island College dedicated to the promotion and support of Portuguese Studies at the college, fostering connections between the college and the Lusophone communities in the region, and pursuing scholarly research and cultural projects related to the Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures. The agreement with Instituto Camões, a governmental agency that promotes Portuguese language and culture worldwide, was first signed in 2011 and last renewed by Filipa Menezes Cordeiro, Vice-Consul of Portugal in Providence in 2019.
The protocol of cooperation outlines the shared goals among the RIC Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies and the Instituto Camões, which is located in Lisbon. In exchange for RIC’s commitment to disseminate knowledge and promote the study and research of the Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures, Instituto Camões supports the college’s IPLWS and Portuguese program with a bibliographic collection of teaching materials, history and culture resources, audiovisual materials, access to scholarships, lectures, and a $5,000 annual stipend for program development.
Since 2016 the IPLWS has received $30,000 USD in support from Instituto Camões for community outreach programs such as the annual Lusophone Art Calendar engaging students in K-12 Portuguese classrooms throughout the state, organizing Portuguese teacher workshops, lectures and adult enrichment classes and events.
“The renewal of our relationship with the Instituto Camões is important not only for the college, but for the large Portuguese and Lusophone communities throughout this region,” says Silvia Oliveira, Associate Professor of Portuguese in the Modern Languages Department and Director of the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies. “This agreement contributes resources and support for the College and the IPLWS to continue our mission of providing high-quality, culturally relevant programming to ensure that Portuguese language and culture continue to thrive in Rhode Island and the New England region.”
Rhode Island College is a regional comprehensive public college that serves approximately 5,800 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students through its five schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Business, the Zvart Onanian School of Nursing and the School of Social Work. Established in 1854, we are Rhode Island’s first public institution of higher education. For more information, visit www.ric.edu
Established in 2006, the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies supports the Portuguese Studies academic program at Rhode Island College, bridges the connection between Rhode Island College and the Lusophone community, and pursues scholarly and cultural research in the areas of the Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures. For more information, visit www.ric.edu/iplws
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