Why a LCP?
Over the past 10-15 years, the University of Groningen has taken major steps towards becoming a truly international university. At present we have over a hundred English-taught Master’s degree programmes, 30 English-taught Bachelor’s degree programmes and more than 20 joint programmes with international partners. The Council has advised the Dutch government to require all higher education institutions to establish a clear language policy, ensuring good quality control of English and the provision of Dutch language and culture courses for foreign nationals. Considering the changes in both national and institutional contexts, it is clearly time for the University of Groningen to establish a new language and culture policy, with English language support directed more towards qualitative measures and contextual needs, and including intercultural competences.
The University of Groningen (UG) Language and Culture Policy (LCP) started in 2016 and the aim is to help all staff and students feel confident and comfortable when using another language, and thus increase our effectiveness in our aim for academic excellence. Language proficiency contributes to effective participation and inclusion in all aspects of studying and working at the UG, as well as to employability and international mobility in a context of lifelong learning. The overall goal of the LCP to be a truly bilingual university, fostering individual multilingualism and enhancing linguistic and cultural diversity and awareness. In our view, language proficiency is strongly related to intercultural competences and to teaching and research-related skills.
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