Languages for language-related industries and professions
Languages for enhanced opportunities on the labour market
Languages as an interface between the different sectors of education
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Conference North
Aarhus Universitet, Friday 11 May 2007

With the advent of globalization, successful communication across linguistic and cultural barriers is more important that ever. We need foreign language and intercultural skills to communicate as part of our job, when studying or working abroad, and when travelling for business or pleasure. The question is, then, which foreign language and intercultural skills are needed, and how we can ensure that everyone who needs to do so has the opportunity to develop them.

The Thematic Network Project in the Area of Languages III (2003-06) has developed a set of recommendations comprising

  • which competences and skills are needed;

  • what should be done at Higher Education (HE) level to ensure that adequate language instruction is provided;

  • how higher education institutions and their stakeholders on the labour market can collaborate so that the HE graduates develop the linguistic and intercultural skills needed in the world of work.

Why this conference?
At the conference, the results of the Thematic Network Project (TNP) will be presented to a wider audience – representatives of educational institutions, educational authorities, employers in various professions, graduates, and students.

The aim of the conference is to discuss the TNP outcomes and to strengthen the dialogue and collaboration between the universities and their stakeholders, the ultimate result being that the HE language provision is geared to meet the needs of the labour market in the widest sense. This applies to language specialists as well as all other professions that need a foreign language component – to name but a few examples, engineers working abroad, medical doctors treating foreign language patients, people working in import / export businesses, etc.
The Nordic Region & Baltic States
The countries of the Nordic Region and Baltic States are all relatively small countries in Europe, and they each have one of the less widely used and taught languages as their national language. As a consequence, there is a strong need for foreign language and intercultural skills in order for these countries to be active members of the international community and stay competitive in the global market place.

Educators, ministry representatives, employers, university graduates and students all have a stake in the development of linguistically competent communities. By participating in this conference, and by entering into dialogue and collaboration with each other, they can contribute actively to the development of such communities.
Conference documents are available for download in the Documents section.
Practical Information
Participating Countries
  • Danmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Norway
  • Sweden