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Camões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I. P.



The Instituto Camões was initially created with the objective of promoting the Portuguese language and culture abroad. Since 2012, has assumed the responsibilities of proposing and implementing the Portuguese Cooperation for Development policy instead of The Portuguese Development Support Institute - IPAD, body previously responsible for these functions.


It is the responsibility of Camões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua coordinate the cooperation activities undertaken by other public entities involved in the implementation of that policy, but also keep the previous functions to propose and implement the policy of teaching and spreading the portuguese language and culture abroad, ensuring the presence of Portuguese citizens in foreign universities, and manage the network of teaching the portuguese language at primary and secondary.


The Camões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, known as Camões, is a public institution integrated in the indirect administration of the portuguese State, endowed with administrative and financial autonomy and its own assets, pursuing assignments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under supervision and guardianship of the respective minister.


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