University of Southern Denmark

The collaboration focuses on developing a language policy and a language package for the international employees. The solution is a customized combination of classroom instruction on campus, one-on-one instruction with a teacher online, and a language partner program.

 

Lærdansk and the University of Southern Denmark have collaborated for a number of years on developing and implementing a language policy and Danish package for the university's foreign employees. This is helping the University of Southern Denmark to recruit, develop and retain the international talent that is so vital to the university's success.

"Our goal is for all international employees, during their first two years of employment, to acquire sufficient Danish skills to become natural, active participants in the university's daily activities. Danish language skills are not just important for the employee's job function at the university. The skills are also crucial for the employee's general well-being in Denmark," says Jakob Ejersbo, Head of Section for Skills and Organizational Development at the University of Southern Denmark.

The Danish language package at the University of Southern Denmark is a customized combination of classroom instruction on campus, one-on-one instruction with a teacher online, and a language partner program.

An employee from Lærdansk has been placed on campus as an in-house coordinator. She serves as the university's language consultant. She welcomes the course participants and organizes the language instruction for around 100 international employees.

Valuable having a coordinator on campus

"Our international employees need a Danish language package that can be adapted to the changing workflow, travel activities, etc. of the individual. So it is extremely valuable that the coordinator from Lærdansk is located on campus and in close dialog with each individual course participant," Jakob Ejersbo says.

And the solution has been a good one. In the University of Southern Denmark's most recent survey on its Danish language package, 94 percent of course participants responded that they are "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the teacher and the services from Lærdansk.

"Lærdansk is a professional and flexible partner for us. They have made a significant contribution to making the University of Southern Denmark an attractive workplace for international employees," Jakob Ejersbo concludes.