On 28 January 2015, MIME coordinator Prof. François Grin was invited to discuss the question of 'What is the value of multilingualism - between reality and ideals' at the occasion of a related Swiss Education briefing organized by SwissCore.
Mastering multiple languages (at individual level) and making the most of linguistic diversity (at societal level) is often automatically correlated with personal empowerment, higher economic performance and cultural enrichment. But is it really so and what is needed to make this equation work?
Together with Nicoletta Mariolini, Swiss Federal Delegate for Plurilingualism, and Prof. Rolf Tarrach, former Rector of the University of Luxembourg, François Grin reflected on this question shedding light onto policy choices, economic models and concrete measures that were taken in Switzerland and Luxembourg. The discussion was then engaged with an interested audience representing a wide range of Brussels-based organisations. The presentations are available on the SwissCore website. A video will soon be made available on the SwissCore website.