The Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies (PPICVS) is a dynamic hub of activity, knowledge, and opportunity serving the converging needs of Bridgewater State University, the Republic of Cabo Verde, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the global Cabo Verdean Diaspora.
The Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies is tangible evidence of the most innovative and sustainable relationship between a nation and an academic institution anywhere in the world. Continuing to strengthen this mutually beneficial bond between Bridgewater State University and Cabo Verde is a key priority for our university.
This Institute serves as a springboard of activity and knowledge for all things Cape Verdean. It’s a learning center where leaders are born. It’s a focal point, offering Cape Verdeans – and students of all ethnicities – the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of Cabo Verde and how cultural differences and life experiences enrich our world.
It is the hub where you, too, will make meaningful connections and change lives.
Angelo Barbosa, Director, Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies
Bridgewater State University and Cabo Verde's Enduring Friendship
Cape Verdean Alumni share their thoughts
“I was 25 years old when I came to Bridgewater. [While studying for my master’s] I got a job at the Pedro Pires Institute for Cape Verdean Studies. And I learned more about Cape Verdean culture in my few months there than my entire life in Cabo Verde." Read Erico's Profile
Strengthening the Diaspora is key. Encouraging members of the diaspora to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by BSU. Involving them in finding solutions to issues that challenge their homeland – health care, government policies, education. Promoting the English language, building their skills, sharing their knowledge.
Take a deep dive into Cabo Verde’s rich tradition of music, carnivals, fiestas, food, fashion, and storytelling.
Donzilia Soares knew from a very early age she wanted to teach – not only as a fulfilling profession for herself, but also to give back to her country.
Paulo Borges defied all odds. The poverty he experienced as a child motivated him to rise above it and rise above it, he did.
Erico Fortes knew from an early age that electronics was his future. Not that he knew how. He just knew.