French Embassy attaché for Higher Education visits Queen’s
The attaché for Higher Education at the French Embassy in London, Professor Phillipe Lane, meets postgraduate students. Also pictured is Head of School Professor Janice Carruthers
The importance of languages in a global employability market was among the topics discussed when the attaché for Higher Education at the French Embassy in London visited Queen’s.
Professor Philippe Lane’s visit centred on the School of Modern Languages where he had extensive discussions with staff, undergraduates and postgraduates on a wide range of current issues.
Although his visit focused on the role of French and the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s, Professor Lane was very impressed by the work of the Language Centre and was extremely enthusiastic about the Faculty-wide interdisciplinary research taking place in the Fora led by the School.
Professor Lane said: “I was bowled over by the enthusiasm of the students and the whole teaching environment within the School. The quality of research and teaching is a strong point of Queen’s.”
On the internationalisation agenda, Professor Lane has a personal interest in developing split-site PhDs between Queen’s and French universities, and took the opportunity to meet with one of the School’s doctoral students from Caen who is working on Irish mythological motifs.
Head of the School of Modern Languages, Professor Janice Carruthers, said: “We were pleased to welcome Professor Lane to the School and were delighted that, as a result of his visit, he made a very generous financial contribution from the Embassy to the School. This will support research and teaching in French and interdisciplinary research in the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Postcolonial Forum.”