Brazilian Ambassador visits Humanities

27 Jun 2014 - 16:30

Pictured L-R: Prof. Sakhela Buhlungu; A/Prof. Yasin Dutton; Ambassador Débora Barenmboim and Cíntia Bender Lima

A new Memorandum of Understanding between the School of Languages and Literatures and the Federative Republic of Brazil is set to broaden the Portuguese language offerings at the University of Cape Town. Ambassador Débora Barenmboim (Consul General of Brazil, Cape Town) visited the Faculty on 17 June 2014 to sign the agreement.

According to Associate Professor Yasin Dutton (Head of the School of Languages and Literatures), undergraduate courses in Portuguese have been offered at the University of Cape Town (UCT) for some time. However, the new agreement will enable an extension of the existing academic offerings to benefit additional local and international students. “For some time now, we have been trying to establish an agreement with the Federative Republic of Brazil to further Portuguese at UCT and we are now pleased to announce that an agreement has been concluded whereby Brazil will provide a lecturer in Portuguese from January 2015” he said A/Professor Dutton. The Ambassador was accompanied by Cíntia Bender Lima when they met with Professor Sakhela Buhlungu (Dean of the Faculty of Humanities) and Associate Professor Yasin Dutton on campus.

The agreement will also enable the School to bolster its current offerings in Portuguese by adding a third-year level course, which will then lead to a major in Portuguese and/or Portuguese Studies in the very near future. “This is a very exciting development for the School and we are extremely grateful to the Brazilians for enabling this process to happen so quickly and so smoothly. I have no doubt that this academic support will increase the possibility for international cooperation and cultural understanding and awareness”, said A/Professor. Dutton. 

The School of Languages and Literatures is an academic department located within the Faculty of Humanities at UCT.