Internationalization of Universities and the National Language
Language Policy Interventions and Case Studies
This book combines case study contributions from countries within and outside Europe in order to underline the key language policy challenges universities around the world face in their attempt to remain nationally leading and interna-tionally competitive institutions. The grouping of different countries and contexts leads to the scrutiny of a variety of scopes that complement each other.
Table Of Contents
- About the editors
- About the book
- This eBook can be cited
- Table of Contents
- About the Editors and Contributors
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Tables
- Preface (Danny Pieters and Thijs Keersmaekers)
- Part I Background: Languages in the World and in Higher Education
- Power Language Index: The World’s Most Powerful Languages (Kai L. Chan)
- Higher Education Language Policies: Global Trends and Local Needs (Manuel Célio Conceição)
- Part II European Case Studies: Central Europe, the Baltic Area, and the Nordic Countries
- Small Is Sensitive: The Case of Internationalisation and Language Utilisation in Slovenian Higher Education (Ivan Svetlik and Monika Kalin Golob)
- Estonian in Higher Education: Challenges for a Medium-sized Language (Birute Klaas-Lang and Helle Metslang)
- The Nordic Response to Anglification of University Activities (Frans Gregersen)
- Part III Languages in Postcolonial Regions
- The Rise and Fall of Afrikaans-medium Universities1 (Hermann Giliomee)
- Home Languages and Higher Education: Challenges for Inclusive Higher Education Language Policies for Postcolonial Small Island States in the Twenty-first Century (Eric Mijts)
- Policy Suggestions (Danny Pieters)
- Series index
Danny Pieters was professor at Tilburg University (1986−1992), before becoming professor at KU Leuven’s Faculty of Law in 1989, where he is the head of the Institute for Social Law since 2005. He is in charge of the Research Unit Europe and Social Security (RUESS) since 1993, and programme director of the Master in European Social Security since 1998. Professor Pieters was a member of the Belgian Federal Parliament from 1994 to 2003 and from 2010 to 2013 (first in the Chamber of Representatives, then in the Senate where he was president in 2010−11). From 2013 to 2017, he was vice rector for Humanities and Social Sciences as well as International Policy at KU Leuven.
Thijs Keersmaekers is staff member at KU Leuven’s Institute for Social Law. He holds a degree in Linguistics and Literature. His current work focuses on language legislation in small states.
Kai L. Chan is senior manager at a Dubai-based public policy advisory firm. Previously he was part of the senior management team of a Montreal-based technology company. Prior to that he was a special advisor to the UAE Government on matters of competitiveness and statistics, with a focus on the use of global performance indices to guide policy. He was also a distinguished fellow at the INSEAD Innovation & Policy Initiative during his original tenure in the UAE. Before moving to the Middle East, Dr. Chan worked at a consumer finance merchant banking firm in New York. Prior to that he worked in the Singapore office of a global management consulting firm with projects in Europe and East Asia. Dr. Chan holds a BSc in Economics & Mathematics from the University of Toronto, and an MA and PhD in Economics from Princeton University.
Manuel Célio Conceição is professor of Language Sciences. He was director of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the University of the Algarve from 2016 to 2020 and pro rector of the university between 2010 and 2013. Professor Conceição is a long-time member of the European Language Council/Conseil Européen pour les Langues, where he is the ex officio president. One of his main interests there lies with the evaluation of linguistic policies of universities in Europe. Professor Conceição has directed or co-directed several international ←9 | 10→research projects, in particular in his fields of specialisation: multilingual terminology, language policies, quality assessment in language teaching, and intercultural communication. In 2013, he was admitted into the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres as Chevalier by the French government.
Hermann Giliomee was professor of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. He has been a fellow at Yale University, the University of Cambridge and the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars in Washington. From 1995 to 1997, he was president of the South African Institute of Race Relations. He is currently extraordinary professor of History at Stellenbosch University. Professor Giliomee often writes about South African history and contemporary politics. Fifteen books have seen the light under his name, among others: The Shaping of South African Society: From Apartheid to Nation-building (1989, with Lawrence Schlemmer) and The Awkward Embrace: One-Party Domination and Democracy (1999, with Charles Simkins). His The Afrikaners: Biography of a People (2003, published in Afrikaans as Die Afrikaners: ‘n Biografie) was listed in The Economist as one of their Books of the Year in 2003.
Frans Gregersen was professor of Danish language at the University of Copenhagen from 1996 until the end of 2018. From 2005 to 2015 he was the director of the Danish National Research Foundation Center of Excellence, LANCHART, focusing on sociolinguistic studies of language change in real time. He was the chairman and convener of the group of experts working on parallel language policies for the Nordic Council of Ministers (2014−17). Currently, he is active in a project on the history of Danish structuralism.
Monika Kalin Golob is professor of Slovenian Language and Stylistics at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Social Sciences. She studied Slovenian Language and Literature (as major) and Comparative Literature (as minor) at the university’s Faculty of Arts. She was a postdoctoral fellow on invitation of the Bavarian Government in Munich, an invited professor at the Department of Czech language at Charles University, and invited professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zagreb. Her research fields are language culture, stylistics of journalism, PR and advertising, language planning and language policy. She published over 300 articles, book chapters and books on these topics. She was vice dean for Study and Student Affairs (2005−11, 2015−17) and from 2017 she is dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana.←10 | 11→
Birute Klaas-Lang is professor of Estonian as a Foreign Language at the University of Tartu and the head of the Department for Applied Linguistics. Her research centers on language contacts, areal linguistics, typology, and language policy and planning. She was vice rector of the University of Tartu from 2005 to 2010, and visiting professor of Estonian at the University of Helsinki from 2012 to 2016. Professor Klaas-Lang was the head of the Estonian Language Council from 2005 to 2016 and resumed these responsibilities from 2019. She is one of the authors of the Estonian Language Development Strategy 2004−10 and 2011−17.
Helle Metslang is professor of Modern Estonian of the University of Tartu and head of the Department of Estonian. She is also adjunct professor of the University of Helsinki and of the University of Oulu. She was professor of Estonian at Tallinn University (2000−06) and visiting professor of Estonian at the University of Helsinki (2004−07). Her research centers on morphosyntax, language variation, language typology, historical sociolinguistics, and language policy. Professor Metslang is Chair of the Mother Tongue Society and member of Academia Europaea and AcademiaNet. She is member of the Estonian Language Council and one of the authors of the Estonian Language Development Strategy 2004−10 and 2011−17.
Eric Mijts studied Linguistics and Literature at the University of Antwerp and is specialised in sociolinguistics. In 2000, he joined the University of Aruba where he works as a researcher and lecturer in skills and linguistics as well as an initiator of educational innovation and multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programmes. As a researcher he is affiliated with the University of Antwerp and Ghent University. He coordinates the Academic Foundation Year and the UAUCU student research exchange and he is a founding member of the SISSTEM programme (Sustainable Island Solutions through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). His research and publications focus on multilingualism, language policy and planning, education for sustainable development, and inclusion/exclusion processes.
Ivan Svetlik is professor of Human Resources and Social Policy at the University of Ljubljana. He was minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs of Slovenia (2008−12) and was a member of the editorial committee of the European Journal of Vocational Training edited by CEDEFOP. In the period from 2013 to 2017, he was rector of the University of Ljubljana where he paid special attention to the internationalisation and language issues. Professor Svetlik has been involved in ←11 | 12→the country’s labour market, social security, education and training reforms, and in consulting in these fields in the Balkan countries and in HRM in companies. His main research topics and interests are work, employment, education, human resources, social security, and quality of life. He published over 400 articles, book chapters and books on these topics.
We would like to thank all contributors to the symposium ‘Internationalisation of Universities and the National Language’ of 4 May 2018 at KU Leuven for making the event a great success and for sparking an interesting discussion on the need for language policies accompanying internationalisation strategies. We thank Karen M. Lauridsen for her expertise and Richard Wyn Jones for his passion on the subject. We thank Josep Soler for his help in outlining this volume. We thank all contributors of the present volume for their dedication to this publication. Without the help of all these people, today’s volume wouldn’t have been possible.
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- Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2020. 190 pp., 16 tables