"BabeliUM" – the name of the Language Centre of the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Minho – alludes to the myth of the Tower of Babel, which suggests the confusion of languages as a divine punishment. As we use it, the term should be understood according to the interpretation emerging in the Enlightenment, according to which the linguistic and cultural plurality is a gift and a treasure to be cultivated.
It is in this spirit that BabeliUM contributes to UMinho identity as a multilingual university open to the world. The policy of multilingualism is an important vector of UMinho's institutional policy, in line with the policies of the Council of Europe and the European Union, and in the light of the recommendations of the EUA (European University Association).
We thus set as a goal of BabeliUM to contribute to the dynamization of the University of Minho as an internationalized university, open to the plurality of languages and cultures.