National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO)

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Over the centuries, INALCO has become an institution of unrivalled scope, teaching languages that span Central Europe, Africa, Asia, America and Oceania. No other institution or country offers such a diversity of courses, such opportunity to expand horizons and such a wealth of knowledge, all in one place.

Language and civilization courses are taught by world-class academics who are specialists in their fields and by native-speaking tutors of the languages studied at INALCO. From the undergraduate to the doctorate level, our research-led teaching is open to inquiring minds from all backgrounds, be they fresh out of high school, undergraduate or graduate students, or adult students in continuing education.

The undergraduate, graduate and continuing education courses offered at Inalco allow students to gain:
• mastery of a language and a thorough knowledge of the corresponding civilization over a degree program;
• specific expertise to complement other qualifications.

The courses lead to career paths in international business, international relations, communication and intercultural training, language teaching and multilingual computing.

Specialized, productive research
Research at INALCO combines area studies and academic fields, the junction of which is particularly innovative and fruitful in scientific terms. The researchers study languages and civilizations that are increasingly in the spotlight — Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and as far as the Arctic— and are central to the major issues of the 21st century. Fourteen teams, often partnered with other research organizations, top-class PhD programs, and a major international publishing service form the backbone of research at INALCO. The institution also have a project management and knowledge transfer service.

Strong support for PhD students
INALCO supports doctoral students from their enrollment to the defense of their dissertation, offering advanced courses on areas studies and in the main disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. In concert with Sorbonne Paris Cité’s College of Doctoral Schools and Career Development Training Center for PhD students, INALCO also work to enhance the prestige of doctorates among employers and develop PhD students’ transferable skills and adaptability.

An organizational structure to facilitate research
The research teams, administration offices and doctoral school are housed in a building dedicated entirely to research, with access to a full range of support functions: assistance in preparing research proposals and grant applications, organizing scientific events, looking for partnerships and funding, publication support, internal funding, and communication.

An international institute
Thanks to over 200 partnership agreements, Inalco conducts research projects in over one hundred countries and offers joint programs with foreign universities. This allows Inalco students and the students of our international partners to complement their studies with an immersion experience.
Inalco offers distance courses via videoconferencing and online learning content: Inuktitut (Inuit language), Estonian, and soon Swahili (African

Fields of expertise

  • In-depth knowledge of the humanities research supported by multidisciplinary research teams in the humanities and social sciences
  • A high level doctoral training
  • A system for project engineering and development
  • An international print and digital publications service.

The role of INALCO in the project

As a project leader, INALCO will ensure the overall coordination of the project (administrative and financial management) and will make the link between all the partners.

INALCO is responsible for work package WP5: Quality assurance; WP6: Dissemination and exploitation of results; WP7: Management

INALCO will provide trainings for RUFA, RUPP and NIE, MoEYS and MCFA on the following topics: 

  • Governance, management et planning. 
  • Management of human resources. 
  • Library and workspace. 
  • Research methodologies with a specific focus on the humanities.

INALCO will provide expertise to its partners along with the following activities:

  • Production of a detailed guide of practices in the field of research and innovation with a specific focus on human sciences
  • The creation of an inter-university research centre
  • Reflections for the establishment of a doctoral school

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