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RIC, University of the Azores sign protocol of cooperation
Seated: Jorge Medeiros, president of Univ. of the Azores and Nancy Carriuolo, president of RIC; standing: Marie Fraley, interim director of IPLWS; Silvia Oliveira, asst. professor of Portuguese and IPLWS faculty liaison; João Pacheco, conselheiro das comunidades; Olga Juzyn, chair of the Dept. of Modern Languages; Luis Andrade, head of international relations at Univ. of Azores.
A protocol of cooperation and exchange was signed on February 22, 2012, between Rhode Island College and the University of the Azores in the presence of administrators, faculty and students of Portuguese Studies in RIC’s Alumni Lounge.
RIC President Carriuolo signed on behalf of Rhode Island College and Jorge Medeiros, rector (president), signed on behalf of the University of the Azores. The agreement is an initiative of the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies and the Department of Modern Languages at the college.
The Azores is an archipelago of nine islands in the mid-Atlantic and its government is an autonomous regional government that is part of the Republic of Portugal. The University of the Azores has three campuses: the main campus in the capital city of Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, a second campus devoted to the study of marine life on the island of Faial and the third campus devoted to biological and zoological studies on the island of Terceira.
Rhode Island College has enjoyed a working relationship with the University of the Azores since 2009 when it sponsored seven students to take part in the Curso de Verão (Summer Course). The students earned academic credit studying Portuguese language and literature and Azorean culture in an intensive study abroad summer course. Three students attended in 2010 and eight more students will attend this summer in 2012 at the Ponta Delgada campus accompanied by Silvia Oliveira, assistant professor of Portuguese.
In September 2010, the Institute hosted a forum on the Trans-Atlantic Relationship between the Azores and the States of Rhode Island attended by Luis Andrade, head of international relations and Carlos Amaral, professor of political science at the University of the Azores. At that time, plans for a future protocol were discussed with the college’s administration at a luncheon with the University’s representatives.
The protocol of cooperation formalizes this working relationship and ensures more opportunities for students and faculty in Portuguese Studies and other related areas.