The Fundação Oriente is a Portuguese private foundation, created on 18 March 1988 and is a non-profit-making private law organisation with established legal status.
The Foundation aims at pursuing activities of a cultural, educational, artistic, scientific, social and philanthropic nature, namely in Portugal and Macao that shall aim to develop and continue the historical and cultural ties linking Portugal and the Orient, specifically China.
The People’s Republic of China as well as India, East Timor, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Malaysia are the countries where the Foundation has been more active. In the Americas, particularly in Brazil, Canada and the United States, and also in Australia, the Foundation is particularly active among the communities of Macanese emigrants who have settled in those countries.
The Foundation is geographically active from Europe to Asia, the main areas of activity being culture, education and science and philanthropy.
The Foundation is a founder member of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), Brussels. In Portugal, the Fundação Oriente led the process to create the Portuguese Foundation Centre (CPF).
The Foundation is headquartered in Lisbon and has delegations in Macao, India and East-Timor, as well as, a museum, Museu do Oriente, in Lisbon (http://www.museudooriente.pt/?lang=en).