European Universities Network on Multilingualism


Università degli studi di Udine - CIP
Fryske Akademy - Mercator
Univerza na Primorskem
Queen's University Belfast
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya



European Universities' Network on Multilingualism (EUNoM)

The fundamental aim of the EUNoM project is to create a sustainable network of Universities each of which either has or is willing, in the medium-term and in view of the results of the first phase of the network, to study ways of articulating an overall, multidisciplinary approach to multilingualism both in academic and organizational terms.

One of the functions of that position will be to assemble, from among the various components of the existing University structure, the various components of University teaching, research and practice which, together, will constitute a coherent programme of multilingualism and interculturalism. This means that the ‘earlier traditions and configurations’ referred to above will have to be modified.

The project seeks to outline the precise ways in which this modernisation of the University approach to the study of language and culture should occur. It involves addressing issues of curriculum as they pertain to labour market needs; the existing organisational structures; the possibility of developing integrated programmes; relationships to economic development, mobility and language learning; addressing a concern with social cohesion; and developing the network as a strategic priority. To a great extent this will involve a focus on the use of the new technology and the exploitation of the resources of the virtual campus.

To this end, the project has received funding for a three-year period under the European Union's Lifelong Learning programme, from November 2009 to October 2012 (reference 504763-2009-LLP-ES-KA2-KA2NW) to undertake the following activities.

On this website visitors will find an introductory page (EUNOM Network), a statement of our project objectives , a list of our full and associate partners , a description of the planned activities , access to registering for our symposia as well as to our discussion forum (take part), and a page bringing together our results .

All members of the EUNoM network hope that the project will attract academics and professionals of different backgrounds. We expect our visitors to discover many new, complex crossdisciplinary ramifications of multilingualism in the knowledge society.