Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


The director of the Portuguese Institute of the Orient (IPOR) told Lusa that the number of Portuguese tutorials provided by the institution has almost doubled this year, largely due to ‘gold visas’ and Chinese investment in Lusophone countries.

With more than three months to the end of the year the number of hours of Portuguese language learning tutorials has almost doubled when compared to 2018, exceeding half a thousand hours, Joaquim Coelho Ramos said in an interview.


“Only in the first two months of this economic year, we exceeded the number of tutorials from last year,” according to IPOR, an institution that now commemorates its 30 years of existence in Macau and activity in Asia.


If in 2015 there were only 23 hours of tutorials, in 2018 there were 289, compared to 520 this year.


“When we ask in the application forms why, we notice that many of the interested parties are, for example, entrepreneurs who want to invest in Portugal or in a Portuguese-speaking country,” said the director, who has been in office since August 2018.


“They are investing in Portugal or in some way inserted in the dynamics of ‘gold visas’,” he added.


The ‘gold visa’ is a residence permit for investment activity in Portugal granted to foreigners outside the EU.


Distance learning classes via videoconferencing are becoming increasingly popular. “Those who are not available to attend a class, always at the same time and the same day, want something flexible, but that produces results,” he said.


This happens either from Hong Kong or from Shenzen (the Chinese city adjacent to the former British colony), where many students reside, or from Dubai if they are traveling:


“Just make an appointment with the teacher,” explained Joaquim Coelho Ramos.


IPOR has 27 full-time employees who, with the support of some collaborations, seek to ensure the priority vocation of promoting the teaching of the Portuguese language, with a complementary aspect focused on cultural action.


Founded on September 19, 1989 by the Orient Foundation and the Camões-Institute for Cooperation and Language, IPOR is active in Macau and in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Australia, Beijing and Chengdu (Mainland China) and New Delhi (India).