The pioneering work of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to increase the provision of Welsh medium higher education is one of the success stories of smaller European languages in recent years.
Dr Dafydd Trystan, the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Registrar, has been invited to address the European Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD)’s international conference in Brussels this week to highlight the recent successes of the Coleg working with Welsh universities to increase the Welsh medium provision in higher education across Wales.
Dr Trystan will also highlight the impact of the Coleg since its inception in 2011:
- Hundreds more students than ever before studying a significant part of their course through the medium of Welsh;
- 115 lecturers appointed across a wide range of subjects in 8 universities all over Wales;
- Significant provision developed in new areas such as Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Business Studies, Sports Science and Law;
- Over 600 students awarded one of the Coleg’s scholarships;
- Over 50 PhD studentships awarded.
The NPLD Conference – Multilingualism, Migration and the Economy – seeks to provide a high level discussion on the current state of affairs of multilingualism in Europe, the challenges of immigrant integration into host societies in monolingual and bilingual territories and the role, value and impact of multilingualism for the European economy.
Dr Dafydd Trystan said: “I am delighted that the excellent work done in Wales will be highlighted at this international conference. At a time when higher education in a number of European countries is increasingly provided in English, we can be very proud of the work done in Wales to develop bilingual graduates, who will be able to contribute in their chosen fields after graduation to creating a prosperous bilingual Wales.”