The British Academy has published a position paper on ‘the severity of the languages deficit’ in the UK, which highlights the urgent need for universities to support language provision and language learning.
‘Language Matters More and More’ recommends that universities adopt a wider definition of ‘internationalisation’ and place language learning at the heart of their missions. The paper concludes that ‘the study of languages is fundamental to the prosperity, well-being, security and competitiveness of the UK’.
‘Languages Matters More and More’ was formally launched in London on 9 February 2011. The Minister for Universities and Skills, David Willetts MP, was one of the speakers at the event.
The British Academy LMMM press release is available here.