Save Portuguese at Utrecht University

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Peter Nijssen
10 years ago
Because I don't want the Portuguese Institute to close their doors.

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José van Houcke
10 years ago
I think it's important to keep open the only BA program in Portoguese Language and Culture in the Netherlands not only for reasons such as the growing importance of the Brasilian economy, but pure and simpel as a sign of civilization.

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Erica Acosta Plak
10 years ago
I'm a Brazilian citizen, I do think the language reflects our culture and sheds light upon how a people "look at the world". I have a half-Dutch child and I hope he learns Portuguese and if he wants to graduate I hope he can still go to Utrecht University.

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JAN KLEYMANS
10 years ago
Portuguese is an important language, for both cultural and economic reasons, Angola and Brazil are rising economies!!! It is JUST STUPID to throw away the key to a market of 250 million people and a very important culture in world history (voyages of discovery etc.)

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Petra de Man-Neele
10 years ago
Portuguese is an important language. We need well-educated Portuguese speakers, translators and interpreters in the Netherlands.

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Ellie van Saane
10 years ago
Proficiency in foreign languages is crucial for mutual understanding and peace

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Dorie Birkenhaeger
10 years ago
All of my reasons are summed up perfectly in the adjoining texts.

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Phyllis Peres
10 years ago
The Utrecht Portuguese Program is a an internationally known center of research and learning. Its symposia and conferences have influenced a generation of scholars of Portuguese-Brazilian-African literatures and cultures. I am shocked to learn that this program is in jeopardy and cannot begin to calculate the loss to the world of Portuguese Studies and to future students and scholars. Closing the program is short-sighted and adds to the irony of globalization without cross-cultural communication.

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Theo Bakker
10 years ago
Most Dutch leading people constantly urge us Dutch to think more globally. Unfortunately most of them seem to think that a knowledge of English is more than enough. Even the knowledge of our direct neighbouring languages (German and French) is neglected. We are living in a rich country, so why is it impossible to mantain long established language studies like Portuguese, not the least language in the world. An example of typical Dutch provincial short term thinking.

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Roelfien van der Veen
10 years ago
because I can't inagine a life without the translations of Portuguese poetry.