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About the School

The School of Languages and Translation (ESLT) has a long and distinguished history. Its predecessor, formerly known as the School of Chinese Language, was established by approval of a Royal Decree in 1905. Later, still under Portuguese administration, 2 March 1992 witnessed the approval of Decree No. 48/92/M which officially established the School of Languages and Translation along with various other stipulations of the Articles of Association of the Macao Polytechnic Institute. On that same day, Decree No. 16/92/M was also passed, giving rise to the strategic merger of the School of Languages and Translation with the Training School of the Secretary for Chinese Affairs, which had been responsible for training translators in those early days.

Since its establishment, the School of Languages and Translation has carried on this long-standing tradition and now continues to devote itself to training high-caliber translators between Chinese and Portuguese, the two official languages stipulated by the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region.

Since Macao's return to China, the School of Languages and Translation has been committed to cultivating talents catering to the rising social demands of the Macao Special Administrative Region, and continues to expand its translation teaching domains. Following the long-established success of the Chinese-Portuguese Translation and Interpretation programme, the School launched the Chinese-English Translation and Interpretation programme in 2000 so as to better serve society in the age of internationalization.

At present, the School of Languages and Translation offers the following academic programmes at the bachelor's level:

  • Bachelor's degree programme in Chinese-Portuguese / Portuguese-Chinese Translation and Interpretation;
  • Bachelor's degree programme in Chinese-English Translation and Interpretation;
  • Bachelor's degree programme in International Chinese Language Education;
  • Bachelor's degree programme in Portuguese Language, which includes two major concentrations, namely, that of Teaching and of Portuguese Language and Culture.

The Chinese-Portuguese language education curriculum at the School of Languages and Translation includes a one-year exchange component in a second language environment, which means that students studying Chinese will study in Beijing for one year, while students studying Portuguese will study in Portugal for one year. Through this effective mode of teaching, all students can be expected to acquire excellent language and cultural skills in both the Chinese and Portuguese languages. At present, about 150 students are currently enrolled in ESLT’s bachelor's degree programmes of Chinese-Portuguese / Portuguese-Chinese translation and interpretation.

In 2019, the Master’s programme in Chinese-Portuguese Translation and Interpreting was launched, which was followed by the launch of the Doctoral degree programme in Portuguese Studies at the beginning of 2020. Remarkable achievements have been made in language and translation teaching, research and language training, and a comprehensive talent-nurturing system has been firmly established encompassing undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programmes.

The multilingual and multicultural environment of the School of Languages and Translation relies on our high-quality teaching staff, who are professionally trained bilingual teachers and native English and Portuguese teachers, all striving to ensure the outstanding quality of translation and interpretation teaching at MPI.

The bachelor's degree programme in Chinese-Portuguese / Portuguese-Chinese translation and interpretation at the School of Languages and Translation has successfully passed the academic accreditation reviews by an international authoritative agency, namely, the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES); while the Chinese-English translation and interpretation programme has passed the academic accreditation review by the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA). The bachelor's degree programme in International Chinese Language Education was first offered in the 2016 / 2017 academic year, and the Bachelor's degree programme in Portuguese Language was offered in the 2017 / 2018 academic year. After the completion of the students' first study cycle, these two programmes will also be subject to international academic accreditation.

Adopting a proactive strategy towards internationalization, the School of Languages and Translation has not only offered students ample opportunities of exchange and study abroad, but also offers joint master's and doctoral programmes with reputable universities in mainland China and Portugal, and has signed cooperative partnership agreements with higher education institutions in Australia, the United Kingdom and other Portuguese-speaking countries, such as Brazil and Cape Verde.

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