Catholic Archbishop of Dili, Dom Virgílio do Carmo da Silva (Image/Tatoli)

DILI, 16 july 2021 (TATOLI) – Archdiocese of Dili, would establish Catholic University (UCT), in Dili, Timor-Leste.

“Based on the criteria for establishing an institution of higher education or the requirements for the establishment of a private university, it should be started with four faculties. So, we will start with the faculty of social science, education, and humanities. Next year, we will establish two more faculties, including faculty of health and agriculture,” Archbishop of Dili, Dom Virgilio do Carmo da Silva made the comments at MESSK hall, Dili, today.

Silva said Portuguese will be the primary language of instruction of the UCT’s teaching and learning process.

He affirmed that in terms of human resources, 50 well-educated individuals had been contributing to the establishment process of the university, saying all of them hold masters and Ph.D. degrees.

“UCT is a transformation from Catholic Religious Institute (ICR). on cctober, this year, UCT will officially begin its teaching and learning process, in which the current third-year students of ICR will be graduated under the UCT’s name,” Silva added.

Silva emphasized that the buildings that were previously used by the São José High School, are now becoming the UCT main campus: “The land and buildings belong to Archdiocese of Dili, thus I can say that in terms of buildings we are 80 percent ready.”

“We plan to start recruiting new students within this year, probably on october. But, it depends on the application process and the permission of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Culture (MESSK),” he explained.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafy Belo

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