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UPF to join UNESCO Chair on Language Policies for Multilingualism

UPF to join UNESCO Chair on Language Policies for Multilingualism

It is the first University in Spain and third in Europe to become a member of this prestigious international network of research on multilingualism



UPF has just been selected to be part of the UNESCO Chair on Language Policies for Multilingualism. The Chair’s Executive Committee has approved by unanimity the incorporation of UPF into this International network of scholars. The Committee highlighted the outstanding research and training offered by the University in the field of multilingualism as well as the UPF’s leading position in international university rankings.

The incorporation of UPF as new member of the UNESCO Chair has taken formally place at the 2nd Executive Committee’s meeting on 24th September in Macau, China. The meeting will be attended by dr. Vicent Climent-Ferrando, researcher at UPF, who will be appointed UNESCO Chair’s Research coordinator at UPF. The research team will also be composed of the following members: María Aguilar Solano, Montserrat González and Montserrat Ribas, members of the Research Group on Discourse and Translation at UPF (GEDIT-UPF).

Pictures of Dr. Climent-Ferrando's presentation at the University of Macau

Climent-Ferrando has presented before the Committee the different lines of research that will be developed by the UPF researchers, which will revolve around four axes:

  1. Language, society and migrations, which will deal with the (re)conceptualizations of current language policies – conceived as social policies – in increasingly multilingual societies.
  2. Language, discourse and society, which will analyse the dominant discourses on multilingualism and the categorization of languages in today’s globalized world.
  3. Language rights, which will focus on the analysis of legislation in bilingual/multilingual societies
  4. Education in multilingual environments, dealing with the role and presence of languages (minority/majority, migrant languages as well as the increasing presence of English as a medium of instruction).


About UNESCO Chair on Language Policies for Multilingualism

UNESCO Chair on Language Policies for Multilingualism was created in 2018 to as a research network of scholars working on multilingualism from different disciplines, ranging from Linguistics, Education, Political Science to Sociology, Translation and Law. It is composed of 23 universities around the world, including Brazil, India, China, Mexico or Russia. UPF is now part of this leading network of excellence in the field of multilingualism.