The House of Representatives is still unhappy with the fact that the University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology have elevated English to the status of official language of communication at their respective institutions. The minister’s appeasing words have not been able to calm the situation.
Lisa Waldera (24) is a master’s student Communication Studies from Bremen, Germany. For three years now, she’s been living on campus. Next to her study, she regularly visits the cinema and enjoys concerts of all music genres. Every other week she writes about her life at the University of Twente.
In the new year, English will become the official language at the University of Twente and at Eindhoven University of Technology. Members of the Dutch House of Representatives and opponents of anglicisation are voicing critical opinions. Other universities are opting for a bilingual approach.
Scones, small sandwiches and discussions about English. That was a High Tea organized by the Language Policy working group in the Gallery yesterday. The event was meant to help UT staff with the transition toward English.
An inclusive university is a two-way street. That is the scope of the concept code of conduct languages that will be discussed tomorrow in the University Council. The Executive Board expects Dutch UT staff to speak English where logical. Internationals will receive more support to learn Dutch.
Teachers and students of the Computer Science bachelor's and master's degree programs now have stricter guidelines for the use of the English language. They are expected to communicate in English during breaks, even if there are no people of other nationalities around. The faculty council has questions about this new code.
New UT Language Policy – if approved by the University Council – will make English the official language of communication at the UT. We interviewed Katja Hunfeld, the Head of the University’s Language Centre (TCP), which has been actively involved in drawing up the policy, to discuss its possible consequences.
The University of Twente has formed an official Language Policy, which states that at the UT ‘English is the primary formal language of communication from 2018 onwards’. This means there are a few changes on the horizon. What can you expect?
English will be used as the formal language and wherever possible, but you can keep on talking Dutch at the coffee machine. That, in a nutshell, is the language policy at the UT, which the Executive Board recently sent to the University Council. At the end of March, the council will advise on the policy document.