Secretaria de Relações Institucionais da Presidência da República do Brasil visita a Sede da AULP

Secretaria de Relações Institucionais da Presidência da República do Brasil visita a Sede da AULP

Secretaria de Relações Institucionais da Presidência da República do Brasil visita a Sede da AULP

No âmbito da visita do Presidente da República Federativa do Brasil, Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, a Portugal, estiveram presentes na Sede da Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa (AULP), no dia 21 de abril, para analisar as perspetivas de colaboração entre a AULP e o Conselho de Desenvolvimento Econômico Social Sustentável da Secretaria de Relações Institucionais da Presidência da República do Brasil. A Drª Raimunda Monteiro e o Dr. Murilo Vieira Komniski ambos da Secretaria de Relações Institucionais da Presidência da República do Brasil, fizeram-se acompanhar da Drª Tatiana e juntou-se à reunião a Presidente da Associação de Empresas de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico Nacional e Inovação, Drª Rosilda Prates, na reunião em que a Secretária-Geral da AULP promoveu as iniciativas multilaterais da associação.


“One of the important priorities of the AULP is the internationalization of the community of higher education of Portuguese speakers in the higher education world.”

“One of the important priorities of the AULP is the internationalization of the community of higher education of Portuguese speakers in the higher education world.”

“One of the important priorities of the AULP is the internationalization of the community of higher education of Portuguese speakers in the higher education world.”


Cristina Montalvão Sarmento

General Secretary, AULP


Cristina Montalvão Sarmento serve the global higher education community as secretary-general of the Association of Portuguese-Speaking Universities (AULP) since 2006, currently representing the organization in workings groups and expert committees, with a strong belief in the importance of international cooperation and intercultural understanding. Her background education includes a Ph.D. in Political Science, political theory (2004), post-graduation in Philosophy (1999); post-graduation in Political Science (1994); II Cycle in Geostrategy and International Relations, Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales in France (1987), after a first Degree in Law (1986) – Faculty of Human Sciences of the Portuguese Catholic University, and a second one in History (1997) – Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon. At the moment she is an Associated Professor with a habilitation in Global Studies at Lisbon University, Portugal. Areas of interest are the politics of HE Internationalization and, Global Challenges and Trends in HE. She was elected as a full board Member of IAU in 2022, a global NGO with UNESCO Associate Status, on behalf of AULP.

“One of the important priorities of the AULP is the internationalization of the community of higher education of Portuguese speakers in the higher education world.”

TBY talks to Cristina Montalvão Sarmento, General Secretary of AULP (Association of Portuguese-speaking Universities), about the organisation’s mission, the post-pandemic reality, and collaboration among Portuguese-speaking academic institutions.

Active in nine countries with 133 members; what is AULP’s mission?

AULP is an international non-governmental organization for development, founded on November 26, 1986, that promotes cooperation and the exchange of best practices between universities in the Portuguese-speaking community. With more than 130 members from eight Portuguese-speaking countries—Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe—and Macao (RAEM), our mission is to ease communication between our associated members for the collective development of Higher Education of the Portuguese-Speaking community. We propose continuous reflection through the daily dissemination of scientific articles and the organization of conferences and events.

What are the top priorities of members?

One of the important priorities of the AULP is the internationalization of the community of higher education of Portuguese speakers in the higher education world. In addition to consolidated international cooperation, members benefit from the Association’s multicontinental dimension. Its presidency rotates every three years, it changes between continents, so priorities can be strategically shifted in line with different aspects of higher education frameworks. Currently, the Presidency of the Administration Board, belong to the University of Coimbra, in Portugal, Europe, after having belonged in the last term to Angola, Africa, and immediately before to Macau (RAEM), China, after Mozambique, Africa. The internationalization effort of the AULP is also materialized in the participation on the bord direction of the IAU (International Association of Universities – UNESCO) and the Vice-Presidency of the UCCLA (Union of the Capitals of Portuguese Speaking Countries). Among the listed activities carried out by AULP, which can be appreciated at, we highlight the AULP Mobility Program ( as a student mobility program inspired by the Erasmus+ Program. The AULP Mobility Program is the first academic mobility program that exclusively covers the exchange of students in any field of higher education between institutions from Portuguese-speaking countries and Macao (RAEM).

What has been your experience with the mobility program and what must happen to increase the volume of students in the program?

With the AULP Mobility Program, we have managed to mobilize more than 250 students despite the various constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The AULP has annually received more than 2000 applications from students who want to participate in the program. Our experience tells us that there are currently three major barriers to student mobility. The first barrier is economic constraints, followed by problems with issuing visas (which often delay their issuance, which means that the student is unable to travel on time), and finally cultural issues. To mitigate these barriers, AULP is looking for partners who finance scholarships. In parallel, the AULP has been carrying out several online training courses and has started to provide technical assistance to the various PALOP-TL higher education institutions to promote programs and scholarships.

What mechanisms are in place to heighten the level of collaboration between members and the private sector?

AULP seeks to develop partnerships with organizations or companies that want to finance scholarships for students under our AULP Mobility Program. AULP currently has partnerships with the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) with travel grants; also, PROCULTURA grants resulting from a partnership with Camões I.P. and the CPLP within the scope of the project PROCULTURA PALOP-TL – Promotion of Employment in Income Generating Activities in the Cultural Sector in the PALOP and Timor-Leste, financed by the European Union, co-financed and managed by Camões, IP (Delegation Agreement FED/ 2019/405-279). Furthermore, AULP obtained the status of Portuguese Erasmus+ Office, having recently obtained funding for the attribution of scholarships to students and teachers from the PALOP-TL (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste) and from Portugal. AULP is currently drafting new applications to finance mobility in the areas of health (ProSaúde+) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (ProCTEM+). Partnerships between the AULP and the private sector, would be very important for higher education institutions in Portuguese-speaking countries in general, to train their students and technical staff that enable the development of these countries and the reduction of inequalities between countries according to the United Nations Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) until 2030.

How do you envision collaboration among Portuguese speaking academic institutions into the future? What is the development potential of the bloc?

With the implementation of the various international mobilities, it is expected to guarantee the recognition of students’ credits in mobility and the issuance of certificates of studies or supplements to diplomas to recognize the period of international mobility in a way to bring higher education systems closer. Additionally, AULP’s actions towards the network guarantee the follow-up of students to support their reintegration and give them the opportunity, in return, to build student networks, undertake or work in the labor market of their country as well as be ambassadors for the dissemination of AULP projects and values. Furthermore, professors participating in the mobilities will be recognized for their teaching activities abroad through the issuance of mobility certificates and follow-up is guaranteed for their continuous training, implementation of new study programs or joint research projects. The exchange of experiences and mobilities promoted by the AULP either through its Annual Meetings with all higher education institutions in its network or through the Mobility Program, improve the interpersonal skills of students and teachers, their capacity for resilience, verbal communication, conflict resolution, and, among other aspects, the ability to develop critical thinking. As a whole, aims to create active young people who participate in the world of work but also in creating more just, democratic, inclusive, multicultural, and independent societies. The joint participation of the institutions that are part of will accompany the academic excellence of the institutions themselves.

A Secretaria-Geral da AULP, Professora Cristina Montalvão Sarmento foi entrevistada pela Revista The Business Year

“The University of Coimbra adopts an approach of sustainable management of its activities and resources and of social responsibility in its actions.”

“The University of Coimbra adopts an approach of sustainable management of its activities and resources and of social responsibility in its actions.”

“The University of Coimbra adopts an approach of sustainable management of its activities and resources and of social responsibility in its actions.”


TBY talks to João Calvão da Silva, Vice-Chancellor at Universidade de Coimbra and President of the Board at AULP, about UNESCO recognition, sustainability, and international links.
Can you give us an overview of: the university’s academic focus, size, and identity?

With more than 25000 students, the University of Coimbra – founded in 1290 – is one of the Portuguese universities that most foreigners attract under Erasmus+ Program and a reference in the Portuguese-speaking world. In these countries (more than 250 million inhabitants), UC is considered the Alma Mater of Portuguese language, a role which contributed to being listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site (2013). Our intense cooperation with these countries gives access to networks that can provide significant opportunities for European research and education engagement. Besides having about 20% of foreign students every year, UC is also an important tourism destination, with half a million tourists every year, contributing to expertise in sharing of academic heritage buildings to a wider audience and in the preservation and sustainability of these heavily used spaces.

It is 10 years since the UNESCO world heritage recognition. What is the special link of the university with the history of Portugal and Coimbra?

One of the Oldest Universities in Europe and the Only University in Portugal Until 1911. The university reformation dating back to King John III and the consequent and definite transference to Coimbra promoted the development of an educational pole able to host the significant flux of students and to promote the continuous award of academic diplomas. The University that occupies a Royal Palace, i.e., the oldest nucleus of the University of Coimbra is located in the set of the Schools Courtyard, and it essentially corresponds to the ancient royal address of the country, the former Royal Palace of Coimbra. Its continuous use, for five centuries prior to the settlement of the University, with a continuous consolidation and constructive evolution, make of it a singular and outstanding building in the European context of university architecture. The University of the consolidation, dissemination, and expansion of the Portuguese language, as the only Portuguese university, Coimbra has become, throughout the centuries, an important cultural pole. The educated linguistic norm of this city had a strong influence over its students, who would later influence the people from other geographical areas. The university is also important for it was the place where many of the important names of the national literature studied. The role of the University in the formation of the Portuguese state – The University of Coimbra, responsible for the education of the main Portuguese managing elite, was one of the main and most energizing institutions to take part in the ideological formation of the Portuguese State throughout the centuries. Considered the “political thermometer” of the country, the university accompanied the political and social convulsions of the country, balancing from support manifestations of support of the ruling regimes to its opposition.

Most sustainable university in Portugal. What campaigns and university practices form the backbone of the university’s sustainability strategy?

The University of Coimbra adopts an approach of sustainable management of its activities and resources and of social responsibility in its actions. Sustainability and Social Responsibility represent cross-cutting attitudes, behaviors and actions in the UC which fit and are always present in its activity. Nevertheless, two dimensions are made autonomous, which, due to their relevance and their emergence in the current context, determine a firm commitment to the sustainable development and human rights: Environment & Climate Action – Developing an environmental sustainability strategy that enables the University of Coimbra to be the first Portuguese university to achieve carbon neutrality and make academic community aware of the impact of behavior change on the fight against climate change – and Citizenship, Equality & Inclusiveness – Promoting active, enlightened, socially responsible and inclusive citizenship, by preserving the right to have rights, respecting dignity, equality and the right to difference, so that everyone can reach their potential, in a collective formulation of common goals and challenges.

To what do you attribute the strength of Portugal as a destination for higher education?

Portugal is a country that offers security and quality of life, with an excellent geographical location and a mild temperature throughout the year. Portugal has a friendly population that likes to welcome and receive. Coimbra is a historical city, situated in the center of the country, with a very peculiar experience in which academic and city life are very closely connected, making the experience of studying here something unique and unforgettable for those who study here.

Which facts and figures demonstrate the university’s international reach?

In terms of internationalization the data speak for themselves, we have strongly recovered from the pandemic. In 2022, we had a total of 893 outgoing mobilities and 1684 incoming mobilities. To this data, we must add the students under the International Student Statute, in a total of 862 students, many of whom are Brazilian.

What is the strategy to heighten links with Portuguese-language universities around the world?

The University of Coimbra is considered the Alma Mater of Portuguese-speaking universities and in this awareness, we are proud to chair the board of AULP in this three-year term. We highlight, as an example, the activity of Sino-Lusophone Academy of the University of Coimbra (ASL-UC), a special project of the Rectory dedicated to strengthening its ties with the Portuguese-speaking world and with the People’s Republic of China institutions. The Sino-Lusophone Academy has the mission of promoting, in the University of Coimbra, the development of relevant knowledge concerning the relations between China, Portugal and the Portuguese Speaking Countries, with a primary focus on Law, but open to all fields of knowledge, and transferring that knowledge to the parties interested in the strengthening and consolidation of those relations. It was formally established at the of the year 2018 and officially inaugurated in June 2019. Since then, within its scope, two China Studies’ Centers were established (with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Beijing Foreign Studies Universities), that have organized several international meetings, short online courses, and seminars. Most notably, the Sino-Lusophone Academy has been putting great emphasis in the development of the links with the Portuguese-speaking Countries, not only through the co-organization of conferences, but also having organized several custom-made courses at the request of public institutions, like the Attorney General’s Office of Angola and Mozambique, the National Electoral Commission of Mozambique and for Magistrates and Senior Officials of public institutions of East-Timor (PFMO project).

O Presidente da AULP, Professor João Nuno Calvão da Silva foi entrevistado pela Revista The Business Year 

Prémio Fernão Mendes Pinto (Edição 2023)

Prémio Fernão Mendes Pinto (Edição 2023)

Prémio Fernão Mendes Pinto (Edição 2023)

queque de…Jeanine Emanuela Marques Henriques da Silveira

Português no ensino superior da China: os estudantes chineses de mobilidade de crédito em Portugal e o ensino para a interação cultural.Manuel Duarte João Pires


Este prémio, atribuído anualmente pela AULP, tem como objetivo galardoar uma dissertação de mestrado ou de doutoramento que contribua para a aproximação das Comunidades de Língua Portuguesa, explicitando relações entre comunidades de, pelo menos, dois países.

O valor do Prémio Fernão Mendes Pinto é de 8.000€ (oito mil euros) a atribuir numa parceria conjunta entre a AULP e a CPLP ao autor premiado e cuja publicação digital será da responsabilidade do Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, IP .


Os trabalhos serão agrupados nas seguintes secções:

–  Letras e Artes;

– Ciências Exatas;

– Ciências da Saúde e da Vida;

– Ciências Sociais e Humanas.

Só se poderão candidatar ao PFMP 2023 as instituições membros da AULP que tenham as quotas em dia.


O vencedor do PFMP 2023 foi Manuel Duarte João Pires, que defendeu a dissertação de Doutoramento: “Português no ensino superior da China: os estudantes chineses de mobilidade de crédito em Portugal e o ensino para a interação cultural.”, na Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.

Dada a excelência da qualidade dos trabalhos enviados nesta edição, o Conselho de Administração da AULP decidiu atribuir duas menções honrosas.

Menções honrosas

Jeanine Emanuela Marques Henriques da Silveira, de nacionalidade Angolana, que defendeu a dissertação de doutoramento “Subsídios para o estudo da toponímia angolana: A formação dos adjectivos pátrios e gentílicos“ na Universidade de Évora, Portugal.

Renata Tironi de Camargo, que defendeu a dissertação de doutoramento “Língua portuguesa no ensino em Timor-Leste: representações sociais dos formadores e formandos“ na Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brasil.


Prémio Fernão Mendes Pinto (Edição 2023)

RILP – IV Série, nº44 (2023)

RILP – IV Série, nº44 (2023)



Comunicação e Política: Imagens e Discursos

Uma comunidade de vários discursos, com várias imagens de si própria, assumidamente multicultural, pluralista e contemporânea. Não nos separamos, portanto, do domínio do político, nem nos envolvemos na turbulência mais recente que as imagens de poder e os seus discursos políticos convocam. É no português como língua de ciência, e por uma comunicação de ciência aberta, que fornecemos ao leitor os contributos aqui presentes: 1) sobre os meios de comunicação e imagem aplicados ao turismo e seus destinos; 2) uma reflexão sobre o pós-estruturalismo no cinema e nas relações internacionais; 3) novamente, e ainda, as lições da pandemia e os seus impactos sobre os movimentos sociais; 4) a relevância da comunicação epistolar e as formas de tratamento entre figuras políticas; 5) sobre as dimensões do discurso na competição política e na oposição; 6) as potencialidades da cultura e das identidades com o turismo; 7) a sustentabilidade ecológica e territorial aplicada aos povos indígenas.

Editores científicos desta publicação:

Patrícia Oliveira – Universidade da Beira Interior, Observatório Político (OP/ISCSP – Universidade de Lisboa)

Carlos Batista – Universidade de Brasília, Brasil (Instituto de Ciência Política – IPOL)


Fundador: Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa (AULP)

Presidente: João Nuno Calvão da Silva

Diretor: Cristina Montalvão Sarmento (Secretária-Geral da AULP)

Editores científicos e organizadores: Patrícia Oliveira e Carlos Batista

Coordenação editorial: Cristina Montalvão Sarmento e Ariane Parente Paiva

Conselho de acompanhamento científico: José Arlindo Barreto (Universidade de Cabo Verde, Cabo Verde); Leda
Florinda Hugo (Universidade Lúrio, Moçambique); Sandra Almeida  (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil); Rui Martins (Universidade de Macau, RAEM-China); Narciso Matos (Universidade Politécnica de Moçambique, Moçambique); Orlando Rodrigues (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal); Albano Ferreira (Universidade Katyavala Bwila, Angola); Antônio Meirelles (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil); João Martins (Universidade Nacional de Timor Lorosa’e, Timor-Leste); Agostinho Rita (Instituto Universitário de Contabilidade e Administração e Informática, São Tomé e Príncipe); Samba Camará (Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisa, Guiné-Bissau); Fábio Josué Santos (Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia, Brasil).

  1. Revisão científica: Paulo Seixas (Universidade de Lisboa – Portugal,, Juarez de Souza (Universidade de Brasília – Brasil,, Wellington Almeida (Universidade de Brasília – Brasil,, Paulo Afonso Francisco de Carvalho (Universidade de Brasília – Brasil,, Helena Virgínia Topa Valentim (Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Portugal,, Bruno Bernardes (Observatório Político – Portugal,, Samuel Paiva Pires (ISCSP-ULisboa,, Jorge Botelho (Universidade Lusófona – Portugal,, Carlos Batista (Universidade de Brasília,, William Wives (Universidade de Brasília – Brasil,, Verônica Ferreira (Universidade de Coimbra – Portugal,, Clécia Ferreira (Observatório Político – Portugal,, Marcelo Medeiros (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco – Brasil,, Celso Prudente (Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso – Brasil,, Bumba Castro (Universidade Agostinho Neto – Angola,, Marilde Loiola (Universidade de Brasília – Brasil,, Maria João Cabrita (Observatório Político – Portugal,, Mônica Marina Pires Lobo Jacinto (Universidade Agostinho Neto – Angola,, Silvino Évora (Universidade de Cabo Verde-UCV,, Max Stabile (Universidade de Brasília – Brasil,, Suzano Costa (Observatório Político – Portugal,, Celestino Joanguete (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane – Moçambique e Universidade Federal de Santa Maria – Brasil,, João Miguel (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane – Moçambique,, Pio Penna (Universidade de Brasília – Brasil,

Capa/contracapa: EurpressLab

Conceção gráfica: EuropressLab

Tiragem: 200 exemplares

Depósito Legal: 28038/89

ISSN: 2182-4452

Distribuição gratuita aos membros associados

Número de registo na ERC: 123241

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Editor: Associação das Universidades de Língua Portuguesa (AULP)


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