The Language Centre is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki. Its duties include providing teaching in language and communication skills to students in the faculties and degree programmes of the University of Helsinki; conducting research relevant to this mission; developing language teaching, learning material and diverse forms of learning; and offering language training, translation and revision services.
The Language Centre has a board set up by the rector for a term of four years. The board comprises nine members, each of whom has a deputy.
The board comprehensively develops the Language Centre’s operations under the leadership of the chair and in cooperation with the Centre director in accordance with the University’s operational and financial objectives as well as the University’s strategic plan and the Centre’s implementation plan.
The duties of the board specifically include the following:
- Consider the Language Centre’s implementation plan and the related HR plan and budget
- Resolve matters referred to it by the director because of their importance or far-reaching nature
The director of the Language Centre is responsible for the Centre’s operations, finances and staff. The organisation is divided into language and development units, each of which has a supervisor.