The role of multilingualism in shaping the future of higher education is considered of utmost importance in Circle U.: it is one of the two focus points of the Circle U. Think and Do Tank. Knowing more than one language stimulates a globally-oriented education. The Circle U. alliance and its Think and Do Tank, as outlined in the White Paper Shaping the Future of Higher Education in a Changing World, will raise awareness of multilingualism as a resource for a sustainable approach to education that involves cooperation, active, intercultural and interdisciplinary learning, critical thinking and social inclusion.
The kick-off event of the Multilingualism Week will be the Intercultural LAB, a three-day workshop on intercultural skills conceived as complementary training for the Circle U. students that followed the online language courses of King’s College London. Thereafter, the Think and Do Tank will hold an internal session to discuss how multilingual practices might be a means toward sustainable education.
On 8 September, you will be able to attend online the following activities of the programme:
- A Think & Do Tank Café (15.30-16.30, CEST) will explore how informal learning groups of PhD students succeed at improving oral skills in other languages through thematic discussions around their own research work. One of the expected outcomes is the onset of a Circle U. online community of PhD students willing to discuss specific research topics in other languages. Register for the event.
- Right after the Café, we also invite you to attend a Policy roundtable on multilingualism (17.00-20.00, CEST). The panel discussion will group actors tackling the same issue from different perspectives: the promotion of multilingual activities within the alliance EUTOPIA, the implementation of language policies at the University of Copenhagen, the example of the multilingual university of Bozen-Bolzano, a representative from the German-Serbian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, a multilingual student who will explain their educational, and a neuropsychologist who has been exploring the relationship between multilingualism, cognitive functions and wellbeing. Register for the event.
Programme for the Multilingualism Week
For more information on the whole Multilingualism Week, you can read this brochure: Circle U. Multilingualism Week (pdf)
Do not hesitate to spread the word among your colleagues and/or students potentially interested in attending the online Café and/or the Policy roundtable.
Contact and registration
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