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UU report to Assembly states case for economic importance of Modern Languages

September 16, 2015

“Graduates fluent in modern languages play an important part in Northern Ireland’s attractiveness for direct foreign investment.” So says a report submitted earlier this year (10th March) by Ulster University to the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

The report seems entirely at odds with management’s announcement that it will be cutting the provision of Modern Languages at the university.

Under the heading, ’Ulster University contribution to economic growth and job creation’, the report states:

Graduates fluent in modern languages play an important part in Northern Ireland’s attractiveness for direct foreign investment, and our credentials and leadership in teaching Chinese responds to the opportunity presented by the world’s fastest growing economy. Ulster University underpins the talent required for the new emerging industries locally, and ensures we are ready to meet the demands of the international marketplace.

The UU’s submission was received by the Assembly’s Inquiry into Economic Growth and Job Creation in a Reduced Tax Environment, which found that, “Whilst English is becoming the international language of business worldwide, competence in languages is becoming more sought after by companies looking to relocate.”

The full UU submission is available here. Modern Languages is mentioned in section 3.8.

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