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East Timor is one of the world's poorest nations. Education is important for East Timor because it is the lack of people with the expertise and technical skills to rebuild a country, virtually from scratch, that remains the most critical stumbling block for development.
East Timor is a poor nation in financial terms, but the poverty of the country's human resource is of far greater significance. For East Timor to become strong and self-reliant, a long-term commitment to enriching its human resources has to be made.
The Universitas Timor Timur (UNTIM) was a private university, the only university in East Timor. It was housed in a small complex of interlinked buildings opposite the Public Library in Dili: [read more]
In September 1999 when the Indonesian military and their militia rampaged through East Timor destroying vital infrastructure, the education system was a major target for destruction. This was known as the Scorched Earth Operation: [read more]
The Timorese student associations that had been formed on the UNTIM campus and within Indonesia (ETSCC, IMPETTU and RENETIL) became the mainstay of the pro-independence campaign for the ballot and continued to be active afterwards. They have become key organisations of Timorese civil society: [read more]
East Timor's new national university is seen as the country's hope for the future. Its existence is an amazing accomplishment: [read more]
A printable version of the history of the former University (UNTIM), the Polytechnic, the new University (UNTL), their libraries and student activities: [read more]
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