Addis Ababa University to Launch Portuguese Language Department


File photo shows students study at a library in the Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, March 28, 2017. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)
File photo shows students study at a library in the Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, March 28, 2017. (Xinhua/Michael Tewelde)

Addis Ababa University is to launch the Portuguese Language Department, the university announced via its official Facebook page.

Prof. Tasssew Wolde Hanna, AAU President, and Helena Malcata, Ambassador of Portugal to Ethiopia held a discussion on December 19 and signed an agreement to open the department.

In the previous time, the university has given different foreign languages including Arabic Language and Communication and Chinese Language.

Confucius Institute at Addis Ababa University is to open a short-term Chinese Language Program for beginners whereas a Turkish state institute started to teach Turkish in three universities in Ethiopia.

Turkish will be taught at Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University, Mekelle University, and Wollo University, as part of a Turcology project launched by Turkey’s Yunus Emre Institute.

The relation between Ethiopia and Portugal has scored over 500 years, beginning from the time when Queen Elleni of Ethiopia sent a diplomatic mission to Portugal headed by an Armenian descent called Mathewos, in 1514.

Established in 1950 with an initial name University College of Addis Ababa (UCAA), Addis Ababa University (AAU), is the oldest and the largest higher learning institution in Ethiopia.


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