Cape Verdean President Pays a Visit
President of Cape Verde Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca visited campus for a meet and greet with President Dana Mohler-Faria and BSU’s Cape Verdean exchange students, before returning home following a one-week stay in the states.
During his visit, the Cape Verde president met with President Mohler-Faria in his office for an exchange of words and gifts. Discussions revolved around benefits of the strong relationship between Cape Verde and BSU, which has been thriving for years and has benefited both sides. In attendance at the meeting were a host of BSU administrators, as well as State Sen. Marc Pacheco, who also spoke with President Fonseca before bestowing him with a gift of framed photos of the Massachusetts Statehouse.
It was then off to the Dr. Edward W. Minnock Center for International Engagement for a reception, where the Cape Verdean president met about 20 very excited Cape Verdean exchange students, before delivering a talk.
"We are honored to have a guest here who has done tremendous things for the people and students of Cape Verde," said President Mohler-Faria in introducing the foreign dignitary.
In his talk, President Fonseca told the exchange students they need to excel at BSU, so they can return to Cape Verde with knowledge and experience to help their communities and nation flourish. “We have a chance to be a developed country and it depends on you,” he said.
BSU has been a major model for Cape Verdean education, recently helping the country create its own university. Last year, Cape Verdean exchange student Paulo Borges returned to his homeland and founded his own version of BSU's Academic Achievement Center near Amilcar Cabral High School in Assomada, where he taught English as a second language.
President Fonseca praised the partnership with BSU as being one of the longstanding and valuable connections formed between Cape Verde and the United States over the past century. “The relationship between BSU and Cape Verde is good, and the historical links [between Cape Verde and the United States] means this relationship will be even better,” he said.