Policy summary: Code of Conduct for Foreign Language Education at Radboud University

Title of document: Code of Conduct for Foreign Language Education
Date: 2017
Approximate length: 1 page
Available in English and Dutch

A very cursory document: just four articles with a footnote of the text of Art. 7.2 WHW. Article 1 states that ‘Within Radboud University Nijmegen instruction may be given and interim and final examinations may be conducted in a language other than the Dutch language if this is required by the specific nature, structure or quality of the course or the country of origin of the students’.

What is striking here is the use of the euphemism ‘a language other than the Dutch language.’ There are several other instances of this: ‘A decision to use a foreign language will be taken by the dean of the relevant faculty, after having obtained advice from the programme committee’; ‘the education conducted in another language will satisfy the same quality requirements as the education conducted in Dutch’ (italics added). I can’t imagine that anything other than English is meant here.

Article 4 indicates that, unlike some of the other university language policies I’ve read lately, the choice of language of instruction can be made at faculty level and does not require the approval of the Executive Board: ‘The dean of the faculty will present a report on the decisions taken by him to the Executive Board annually’ (sexist language, too, Radboud!).

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