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The RCM's legal basis and objectives

The Research Centre on Multilingualism (RCM) is affiliated with the Institute of Multilingualism of the University of Fribourg and the University of Teacher Education Fribourg. It is financed by the Swiss Confederation in accordance with the Language Law (in GermanFrench, and Italian) and the Language Ordinance. The RCM commenced its activities in 2011.

Research at the RCM covers a wide range of topics: "Multilingualism in individuals", "Language teaching and learning, assessing and evaluating language skills", and "Multilingualism in institutions and society".

We pursue an ambitious goal: specifically with our research projects, we aim to contribute scholarly and empirically supported findings on social questions currently surrounding multilingualism. For us, this also involves active – and critical – participation in the public debates on multilingualism.

Alongside our research activities, we place great value on developing a palette of scientifically based services not only for researchers, but also for a broader audience, to whom the RCM will offer an overview of current research findings. Not less important is networking and increasing the visibility of Swiss research on multilingualism.