The institute belongs to The Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland. The Minister of Education, Science and Culture has signed the agreement on behalf of the Icelandic government, however Mrs. Finnbogadóttir will also be present when the agreement is signed by Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO later this spring; at her personal request.
The certification was approved unanimously by UNESCO embodying the important role the institute is destined to play worldwide. It is, furthermore, an important acknowledgement of Mrs. Finnbogadóttir’s significant contribution as the first benevolence ambassador for language at UNESCO.
The institute is the first international language centre to be certified by UNESCO; and its role is to enhance further its international role in encouraging multilingualism and understanding of difference in cultures between nations and the preservation of languages. An emphasis will be on translations and their function for Icelandic culture and language. In addition to facilities for teaching, research and studies an experience centre will be founded where everyone can learn about different languages and cultures in a varied and lively fashion. Besides the honour of being certified by UNESCO; the endeavour creates various opportunities in research and innovation; especially in cultural tourism, communication of research and knowledge industry.
The Institute will be located in a new building on University campus. Constructions will hopefully commence later this year. The building will also house facilities for teaching and research in the fourteen foreign languages taught at the UoI as well as facilities for guest researches and international collaborators.