25 October 2010, Monash Staff Club, Monash University Clayton Campus
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“Monash University is distinguished by our commitment to working with the community in which we are situated.
We realise that while we have great strengths, we do not have a monopoly on knowledge. Creating networks between the university and individuals and other organisations in the community is thus one of the best ways in which we can carry out our mission to deliver education and research that improves the human condition.
This project highlights the strengths of such an approach. It reflects the value that Monash places on being an inclusive institution.
Language acquisition brings to an individual new concepts, an understanding of different cultures and novel opportunities for social interaction and exchange. By promoting language learning, we bring people together.”
“… And I think this project is a beautiful example of how we have married that expertise from the Arts Faculty in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics with people from the medical Faculty to bring together languages and
health in a really creative way.
And as I think we have seen that this project having generations learning from each other has so many benefits, it doesn’t just improve the language skills of the students but it also improves the wellbeing of people who are empowered through parting that knowledge.
And it also improves the wellbeing of a group as a whole and enriches our society generally… “