Routes into Languages Cymru secure funding from Welsh Universities
2 September 2014
A project that aims to raise the take up of modern languages and promote international student mobility will continue for another year thanks to funding from Cardiff and other universities in Wales.
Routes into Languages Cymru works closely with secondary schools, further education colleges and universities in Wales. It aims to bridge the gap between secondary and higher education by supporting events, competitions and workshops, as well as creating inspiring resources and partnerships between students, teachers, academics and educational professionals.
After securing four years of funding by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) in 2009 and a further year of funding by both HEFCW and WJEC, it was confirmed in 2013 that no further financial support could be provided. However, as a result of funding and support from Cardiff University, Bangor University, Aberystwyth University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, WJEC and in partnership with CILT Cymru, the project will continue for another year .
‘The new Routes Cymru project will build upon the great work of the previous five years and developing initiatives designed to energise and motivate students, teachers and educational professionals, both within and beyond the classroom’, said Professor Claire Gorrara, Head of the School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University and Academic Director of Routes Cymru. ‘With Modern Languages facing an uncertain future in Wales, the commitment of Welsh universities and their partners to this project is testament to the value of modern languages as a means to develop a more internationally mobile and culturally informed workforce supporting Welsh economic growth’.