№ 338/2009 from Nov 25, 2009
Freie Universität Berlin and the Instituto Cervantes Berlin have signed a framework agreement on comprehensive partnership. This agreement will intensify the cooperation that has been in place since 2003. A key objective of the new agreement is to meet the high demand for Spanish courses at Freie Universität Berlin, which currently far exceeds the capacity of the university’s Language Center. The new agreement also provides for cooperation in the continuing education of Spanish teachers, testing the use of new technologies in language teaching, and cooperation in cultural and academic events organized by the Instituto Cervantes Berlin and in courses at Freie Universität Berlin.
The demand for Spanish has increased significantly, due in part to including foreign languages as a competence area in the general career preparation (ABV) of a bachelor's degree. The courses offered by the Instituto Cervantes are based on the skill objectives of the basic ABV modules for Spanish. The fees will be covered by Freie Universität Berlin.
The framework agreement is one aspect of the internationalization strategy of Freie Universität Berlin. As part of the implementation of this strategy, the university is seeking closer cooperation with cultural institutes and embassies in Berlin.
The Instituto Cervantes of Spain was founded in 1991 with the aim of promoting the Spanish language and disseminating the cultures of Spain and all the Latin American countries. The non-profit, public foundation is represented worldwide with 70 institutions in more than 40 countries. In Germany there are branches of the Instituto Cervantes in Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Munich.