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Good knowledge of several languages has become one of the key characteristics of the 21st century person. The purpose of every contemporary higher education institution is to provide opportunities for graduates to acquire communicative skills in several languages to enable them to maintain intercultural dialogue and be competitive in the international science and labour market.

The Institute of Foreign Languages at Vytautas Magnus University has an exceptional experience in Lithuania and Europe in the development of multilingual competence: a variety of language courses (30 languages offered in 2012), intensive language teaching and learning, integrated language and culture courses, research into multilingualism. The experience challenges us to initiate a dialogue among different stakeholders promoting language policy development, looking for solutions to urgent problems and sharing best practices.

On the 29-30th of May VMU Instutute of Foreign Languages (IFL) together with Language Teachers’ Association of Lithuania (LKPA) is organizing the 9th LKPA and the 3rd VMU IFL international scientific conference Sustainable Multilingualism: Language, Culture and Society and welcomes everyone who wishes to share their insights into, research in and opinions about multilingualism from the perspectives of language, culture and society.

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