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December 04, 2013

Third Level | Europe

Europe: Shift in attitudes towards English-taught HE

role-of-emi-conference.jpgThe PIE (Professionals in International Education) News reports on a recent European conference on the role of English as a medium of instruction in higher education.

English as a medium of instruction in higher education across Europe provides marketing opportunities for non-native speaking countries and is becoming more widely accepted by governments and institutions, according to discussions in Spain last week.

A two-day event organised by the British Council and Madrid-based IE University brought together EU policy makers and university leaders to consider the role of English in institutions. While attitudes toward EMI are shifting, delegates concluded that further guidelines and principles are necessary to maintain quality standards.

English tuition is on the rise across Europe, with an increase of 30% in the number of degrees taught entirely in English in Spain alone, according to the Spain’s British Council director, Rod Pryde. He added that 52 of 89 Spanish HEIs now offer English-taught Bachelor’s programmes.

According to research by the Institute of International Education, fully or partially English-based programmes now account for almost a third of taught Masters courses in continental Europe. The number of English taught Masters programmes listed on the course listings website rose by 38% to 6,407 between December 2011 and June 2013.

Read the full article from The PIE News.

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