European Universities Network on Multilingualism

EUNOM Network

The EUNoM network


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


How can universities, the world of business, the unions and the authorities work together to take advantage of the many doors that multilingualism can open in the new paradigm that the information society and the knowledge economy have brought with them?

How does multilingualism relate to the issues of migration (in both directions), information and communication technologies, and commerce and tourism worldwide?

The EUNoM network was set up to investigate these issues and to try and develop synergies between the key actors. 

The EUNoM network began its work with yearly meetings from 2007 to 2009, in Barcelona, to discuss issues of common interest:

In September 2007 the network discussed the main topics to be included in the application for co-funding under the FLL Programme.

In September 2008  the network discussed "Recent developments in research and good practice in managing multilingualism". With contributions on: 

  • Higher education and the Võro language by Triin Iva and Mari Mets, University of Tartu 
  • A New Paradigm for Language Teachers in the UK - New Obstacles, New Challenges, New Opportunities? by Eugene McKendry, Queen's University Belfast
  • Promoting Multilingualism in Higher Education by Tünde Dókus Ocskó, Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Virtual Reality is the Future of Education by Henno Parks, International University Audentes
  • Multilingualism in the EU by Kristin Tytgat, Erasmushogeschool Brussel
  • New Learning Environments for Language Learning and Valuing diversity in and through teacher education: issues and challenges by Norbert Pachler, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Multilingualism within the regional language communities by Tomasz Wicherkiewicz and Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
  • International Norms and National Language Policies: The European Experience by Pádraig Ó Riagáin  Trinity College, Dublin
  • The transfer of basic research on multilingualism to practical application through the collaboration between university and external partners by Claudia Böttger, Hamburg University
  • ICT in Language Teaching by Tünde Dókus, Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Unity in diversity: Managing the European linguistic mosaic by Dónall Ó Riagáin, Independent consultant on language planning
  • Plurilingua e-learning modules by Martine Verjans, Universiteit Hasselt      
  • Language learning and Cultural Studies at Plovdiv University – tradition, present day and perspectives by Nadya Cherneva, Plovdiv University
  • Bilingualism at higher education for Hungarian minority in Slovakia - the state and problems by Ildikó Vančo, Constantine the Philosopher University, Nitra
  • Universities as centres of research on multiculturalism and intercultural communication by Paul-Sorin Tita
  • Universities as centres of research on multiculturalism and intercultural communication Paul-Sorin TIŢA , Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania                                                                                                                 
  • Multilingualism and the Knowledge Economy by Glyn Williams, Centre for European Research (Wales)  

In September 2009 the network discussed "Changing discourses: Multilingualism as a threat, Multilingualism as an opportunity". With contributions on:

  • There is no such language as Euorpean by Eugene McKendry, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • Transferring multilingual data into practice by Claudia Böttger, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Spaces of multilingualism – language, migration, urbanisation by Jochen Rehbein, Middle East Technical University,
  • Towards a New Paradigm to Conserve Linguistic Diversity by Dónall Ó Riagáin, Independent consultant, Ireland,
  • Towards Multilingualism. Trends in teaching languages in Hungary by Tunde Dokus Ockso, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary,
  • Language policy in Higher Education in Catalonia: from Catalan ‘normalització lingüística’ to multilingualism by Marta Estella, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain,
  • Language ideologies and policies in Spain by Miquel Strubell and Isidor Marí (Linguamón-UOC Chair in Multilingualism)
  • Globalisation, Modernity and Multilingualism by Glyn Williams, Centre for European Research, Wales, UK
  • Bilingualism and second–language learning at an early age: towards a new paradigm in language policy by Silvana Schiavi, Centro di Ricerca sul Plurilinguismo, Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy,

The first three meetings were sponsored by Linguamón-Casa de les Llengües