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About us

The Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education is an institute of the University of Cologne, initiated and funded by Stiftung Mercator. Its aim is to improve language education. Through its research and the academic services it provides to language education in a multilingual society, the Mercator Institute helps create more equal opportunities in the education system.

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Who we are

Language skills are an essential prerequisite for children and young people to realise their full potential. The Mercator Institute is committed to better language education and language promotion along the entire educational path.

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What we do

The Mercator Institute wants to improve language education. To achieve this objective, it researches and develops concepts, tools and measures for language education, trains teachers and educators and prepares knowledge about language education specifically for non-academic actors.

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Our Team

All contact persons at a glance

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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees brings together decision-makers from the University of Cologne and the Mercator Foundation to clarify strategic and fundamental questions of content.

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Academic Advisory Council

The Academic Advisory Council advises the Mercator Institute on fundamental academic and strategic matters. It meets once a year.

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Partners

The Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education collaborates with renowned research institutions in the field of education as well as with schools and nurseries. The Mercator Institute works with them on projects and combines their expertise in order to improve language education in the best possible way.

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