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Italian court rules against university plans to run courses only in English

posted May 29, 2013, 1:52 AM by NZEA web2
The regional administrative tribunal in Lombardy, in northern Italy, has accepted a call by many professors at the Milan Polytechnic, who oppose the running of courses only in English in the Milan University. This is a defeat for Rector Azzone and the Academic Senate, and opens the way for further legal initiatives against language discrimination in this Italian university.

This verdict is welcomed by the Nitobe Association for language justice and democracy, Nitobe Giustizia e Democrazia Linguistica. The Association favours action to restore language justice in Italy, legally contesting the language policy of the Torin Polytechnic, which makes students who want to study in Italian pay more than those students studying in English; and the policy of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, which plans to disallow matriculation of students who do not attain at least B2 level English.