Association of Portuguese Language Universities
Av. Santos Dumont
1050-203 Lisbon, Portugal
The Association of Portuguese Language Universities (AULP) is an international NGO that promotes cooperation and exchange of information between Universities and Higher Institutes. It consists of more than 130 members from eight Portuguese-speaking countries – Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Timor – and Macau (RAEM). Its mission is to facilitate communication between members in favor of the collective development of teaching and the Portuguese language in the world. The organization encourages research and the exchange of students and teachers and it proposes continuous reflection through the daily dissemination of news and the organization of conferences and events.
Founded on November 26, 1986, AULP promotes multilateral collaboration between universities in Portuguese-speaking countries and multiplies efforts in order to consolidate ties and promote joint actions among its members, so that the recognition of the importance and strength of this community of people who speak the Portuguese language and, above all, who carry out research and higher studies. One of the AULP's development priorities has been to strengthen the Association's relations with the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) of which it is an Advisory Observer, which has allowed it to intervene in some thematic areas and assume the function of scientific advice whenever the CPLP requests it.
The main challenges facing the AULP relate to the dynamization of the network of Portuguese-speaking universities in order to value different cultures, bring scientific dynamics closer together, multiply exchanges in the fields of teaching and scientific research, consolidate strategic partnerships and expand the role of the Portuguese language as a qualified animator of this community.