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Based on data from the Ministry of Education, some 1,222 lecturers teaching in private and public universities in Timor-Leste only have a Bachelor's degree.

Based on data from the Ministry of Education, some 1,222 lecturers teaching in private and public universities in Timor-Leste only have a Bachelor's degree.

The head of University Dili Institute of Technology (DIT), Dr Manuel Vong said to achieve higher quality of lecturing and increase education in general, universities must invest in lecturers with a Master’s degree or with a doctorate.
Dr Vong added that the curriculum also needs to be adequate and stronger policy is needed to encourage better teaching and learning, scientific investigation and community work without political interference.
“With only a bachelor's degree (a lecturer) should not be teaching undergraduate students. We have to invest in this area,” he said.
He urged the government to invest in preparing master and doctorate graduates in the main fields of study so that by 2030, Timor has experts in the humanities, science and technology fields.
He said DIT has 157 lecturers with master's degree and doctorates in the main subject areas including civil engineering, mechanics, petroleum, business management, finance, tourism, and computer sciences.
He added that some only have bachelors' degree and lecture in linguistics; Portuguese and English but DIT has already sent some lecturers to continue their master's degrees in linguistics overseas.
He added DIT also limits the number of new students, registering only 700 new students annually due to student capacity limitations.
The National Secretary Timor–Leste Coalition for Education (TLCE), Jose de Jesus said the education background is one of the factors affecting the quality of education in the country.
"Lecturers with a Bachelor's degree should not be teaching undergraduate students but this happens in particular in private universities," he said.
Besides, he said another factor that contributes to the quality of education is the lack of a library and books which lowers students’ motivation to study.

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