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LT Education and Teaching

A brief overwiev on language technology education and teaching in Finland and a listing of language technology schools in Europe.

Undergraduate studies

In Finland, language technology can be studied as a major subject at the University of Helsinki (UH), Department of General Linguistics, and as a minor at several universities (at least in Joensuu and Tampere). Students at Helsinki University of Technology (HUT) can specialize in language and speech technology at the final stage of their studies.

Since 2001, there has been a national network for language technology education (KIT-Network) shared now by 10 universities. The Ministry of Education granted the KIT-network special funding that ended in 2005. The KIT-Network is coordinated by the Department of General Linguistics at the University of Helsinki.

Students within the KIT-Network may freely take courses from other participating departments. A significant part of the courses are offered through the Internet using email, www and videoconferencing techniques. The goal is that students at each of the participating universities can complete the basic studies (20 credits) in language technology, partly by web-courses and partly by traditional local courses.

Postgraduate studies

There is a national PhD Graduate school of language technology in Finland (Graduate School of Language Technology in Finland, KIT-GS) with 10 PhD students. The KIT-GS started in 2002 and one student has already completed his PhD degree in spring 2004 and two more in summer 2005. KIT-GS has been granted a second period 2006-2009.

It is also possible to take postgraduate courses in the Nordic Graduate School of Language Technology (NGSLT), which is a a collaboration between centres of research and teaching in language technology in the Nordic countries, with fundings from NordForsk.

Language Technology in Universities in the Nordic Countries and Europe

Topic revision: r7 - 2008-02-21 - HennaRiikkaLaitinen
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