Mr. Pengqin Chen (Calvin) a Ph.D. student and Ms. Yue She (Amélia) a Masters’ student from the Institute for Research on Portuguese-speaking
Countries, carried out for the very first time, a research trip to Timor-Leste, under the cooperation agreement between City University of Macau
and the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e (UNTL).
This research trip took place from 5 to 13 of December 2018, and the two students had a chance to conduct field interviews, participate in
several meetings, collect statistical data, and visit places of historical importance. Among the most significant contacts established are: the
TradeInvest Timor-Leste, the Association of Business Women of Timor-Leste, the President of Chinese Business Association of Timor-Leste, the
Director of Bilateral Aﬀairs from Ministry of Foreign Aﬀairs and Cooperation, several United Nations agencies operating in Timor-Leste, Mr. Carlos
Soares entrepreneur and former Advisor to the Ministry of Petroleum of Timor-Leste, a representative of Longping Yuan HighTech corporation, the
National Archive and Museum of History, the office of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries, the Embassy of Portugal, and the Economic
Counsellor at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.
With a financial grant of GAES, the UNTL logistical and academic support, the coordination arrangements facilitated by the CityU (GEO) in
close coordination with Dr. Danilo Afonso-Henriques (Forum Macau), and the welcoming relationship the UNTL Rector’s office, this research trip
stands as a token of good collaboration between different institutions, and a very positive initiative contributing to excellence of academic
During these coming days, the students will draft their academic report, share their experience with classmates, and engage in an interview
with a Macau newspaper, to encourage more students to research in the Portuguese-speaking Countries.
Congratulations to our students and to all personnel that contributed to this research trip.