The Macau Polytechnic Institute plans to launch a scholarship program next year to attract more students from Portuguese-speaking countries, within the scope of future masters and doctorate degrees from the institution.
This new program plans to extend the cost subsidies to postgraduate students, since the Polytechnic (IPM) already has scholarships for undergraduate students, explained the president of the institution, Marcus Im Sio Kei.
“In the near future, we hope to receive more students from Portuguese-speaking countries. We have a plan to offer scholarships to these students,” he told reporters in the margins of a conference that discussed the new challenges and opportunities in the area of the translation, using artificial intelligence.
Currently, the IPM has about 200 students from Portuguese-speaking countries, a number that may grow with the launch of this new regime, which provides for a deduction of up to 20% of the overall cost of tuition fees.
Portuguese language, computing and public administration are the areas of the three future doctoral programs, still subject to Macao Government approval, said Marcus Im Sio Kei. The institution expects them to be launched by the end of the year.
In addition, four masters courses, in areas ranging from nursing to visual arts, will be launched within the same timeframe, he added.
“Throughout the division, including new masters and doctoral programs, we plan to receive 300 more students” from Macao and various regions, Im Sio Kei said.
Last month, the government had already approved the study plan for two new master’s degrees, including a master’s degree in Chinese-Portuguese translation and interpretation.
The master’s degree will have two areas of specialization, translation and interpretation, and two years duration, according to the order of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Alexis Tam.
In the 2018/2019 school year, the number of Portuguese students in the IPM is around 500, according to data made available at the end of last year.