About the Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use (CIP) – University of Copenhagen

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About the Centre

The Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use (CIP) was established in 2008 following a decision by the Board of the University of Copenhagen.

CIP will augment the University's efforts to implement a language policy based on the principles of parallel language use. The Centre functions both as a research and training centre; its principal aim is to develop a research-based strategy for the enhancement of Danish and English language skills among various groups at the University. The objective of this strategy is to contribute to the strengthening of the University's international profile by supporting employees and students in meeting language-related challenges.

CIP functions as a resource centre for the University as a whole. Administratively, the Centre is placed within the Faculty of Humanities.

Please follow this link to read more about the organisational structure of the Centre.

What is the motivation behind the establishment of the Centre?

An important aspect of the internationalisation process of the University of Copenhagen is the implementation of a language policy which ensures consistently high standards of language use, in Danish as well as in English. The opening of the Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use emphasises the University's wish to develop a language policy based on the use of Danish and English as parallel languages.

The University of Copenhagen's language policy is stated in the University's strategic plan Destination 2012 (page 31).

Activities

The main activities in CIP are determined by four main purposes:

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Resource centre for parallel language use

In addition to offering language courses, the Centre functions as a resource centre for the study and implementation of parallel language use in higher education. With its course and research expertise, CIP provides a framework for assisting the development of language policy initiatives and projects within the University of Copenhagen. In this respect, the Centre will augment the University's efforts to enhance a language policy based on the use of Danish and English as parallel languages by developing a thorough, research-based knowledge of the field.

CIP's activities will help ensure that the many courses and programmes offered in English across the University maintain the same high academic standards as the Danish courses in the prospectus. The Centre will also focus on the importance of the continuing use of Danish as a research and teaching language. It is imperative that Danish maintains its position as a scientific and administrative language within the University, as this will secure a continuing dialogue with Danish society as a whole.

On the basis of the research activities in the Centre, CIP will offer a variety of language courses; it will also host conferences, seminars and other events which focus on the use of parallel languages and the Centre's research.

The results of the Centre's research will be made available to all interested parties in status reports and other publications as well as on this website.

Resource centre for institutions and companies outside the University of Copenhagen

It is hoped that the Centre will come to function as a resource centre for institutions and companies outside the University which are facing similar language-related challenges as a consequence of the drive for globalisation.

Developing a strategy for the enhancement of language skills in the University of Copenhagen

The main objective of the Centre is to ensure a far-sighted, research-based strategy for Danish and English language skills enhancement within the University of Copenhagen. This strategy will help strengthen the University's international profile.

The Centre will focus on and offer language courses to a range of different groups at the University, including teachers, researchers, administrative staff and students at all educational levels, Danish as well as international. Thus, the Centre aims to support all employees and students of the University in their efforts to handle language-related challenges in a professional way. Til toppen

Tailor-made language courses in Danish and English

One of the Centre's most important tasks is to develop and offer tailor-made language courses for employees and students at the University.

Danish courses will be made available to employees who are non-native speakers of Danish, and employees and students who wish to improve their English language skills will be able to participate in the Centre's English courses.

Two important features characterise CIP's language courses:

  • They are shaped by the Centre's research findings.
  • They are tailor-made to meet each participant's professional requirements, existing language skills, career development and, where relevant, teaching and preferred mode of academic publication.

CIP will continually review its range of courses to ensure that the shape of the courses offered is in line with the Centre's research. Efforts will also be made to ensure that the prospectus continues to change in response to the needs of the University.

Target group specific needs analyses and diagnostic language tests

The research findings will have direct implications for the way in which the Centre's language courses are structured. An essential task for CIP is therefore to assess the specific language needs in the various departments and administrative units of the University. These needs analyses will make it possible for the Centre to help solve language-related problems and initiate new measures which are based on solid empirical ground.

There is a paucity of research on the topic of how perceived and real language shortcomings among university employees and students are most efficiently remedied. Much of the Centre's research will be devoted to answering this question. The Centre will put an emphasis on gathering relevant research in this field from Danish as well as foreign institutions facing similar challenges. Furthermore, the Centre will develop its own specialised needs analyses and diagnostic language tests. These instruments will be used in the Centre's research, and the results of the analyses and tests will determine the shape of the Centre's language services.

Please follow this link to read more about the Centre's research.

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