Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL)


UNTL logoA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MDF and Timor-Leste’s national university has been signed. The MoU will deliver a series of seminars from private-sector partners for students in economics, agriculture and other faculties. The MoU will offer students placements in local businesses. The MoU follows global best practice that says contextualising education is critical for better learning outcomes.

Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) is Timor-Leste’s national university, however local context is often absent from the curriculum. There are very few academic texts in the national language, Tetum, or texts that use local examples. Portuguese and Bahasa language materials are more common but not all students have a proficiency in both languages and the examples used are mostly from other countries.

With its extensive knowledge and connections to the private sector in Timor-Leste, MDF sought to address this critical gap. In April, MDF signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the national university, UNTL. The MoU will give students the opportunity to learn directly from local business owners through a series of seminars delivered by MDF’s partners running medium and large-sized businesses. The students will learn, in Tetum, about the opportunities and challenges business owners face in doing business in Timor-Leste. The MoU also gives students the opportunity to develop their skills through work placements with MDF partners.

Blog post English: Bringing the private sector into the classroom in Timor-Leste
Blog post Tetum: Lori setór privadu bá-iha sala-de-aula laran iha Timor-Leste