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The principal aim of the second Thematic Network Project in the Area of Languages (TNP2 for short), which started on 1 September 2000, is to develop proposals for improvements and innovations in higher education programmes in the area of languages.

Structure of the project:

  • Project coordinator / project manager / Central Coordination Unit:Project co-ordinator: Wolfgang Mackiewicz, in his capacity as project co-ordinator, has ultimate responsibility for the scientific co-ordination and the management of the entire TNP. He prepares, together with the PM and the CCU, and chairs the meetings of the Co-ordinating Committee and is responsible for the dissemination of the results. Virginia Moukouli, in her capacity as project manager, reports to the Co-ordinator and to the Co-ordinating Committee. She directs the CCU. Assisted by a team of young graduates and a number of permanent staff at FUB's Language Institute, she is responsible for the management of the project. She monitors the progress of project activities and regularly liaises with the Co-ordinators of the sub-projects. She administers the Commission grant and accounts for money spent. The members of the Central Co-ordination Unit - most of them young graduates with an international background - perform specific tasks on a contract basis.
  • Coordinating Committee:The Co-ordinating Committee, comprised of the project co-ordinator, the project manager, the sub-project co-ordinators and their deputies, and three three experts who have been involved in previous projects (SIGMA, TNP1, TNP-D) and are thoroughly familiar both with the subject area and with the approach adopted within the project, is responsible for the overall planning and co-ordination of project activities. It evaluates the project and monitors its impact. See the members here.
  • Steering Committee: The members of the sub-project Steering Committees have a strategic role in the sub-projects. They are responsible for assessing the activities undertaken and the outcomes achieved and for revising sub-project workplans in the light of the results of the assessment carried out. They prepare the synthesis reports in year one, the workshop reports in year two and the finalised recommendations etc. in year three. They take a leading role in the preparation and launch of European projects. See the members of the Curriculum Innovation, New learning environments - the European learning space, and Quality enhancement in language studies steering committees..
  • Scientific Committees: The members of the Scientific Committees prepare national reports. They participate in the drafting and revising of recommendations, projects proposals, and course outlines. They identify and liaise with target-group organisations, thereby contributing to the creation of a dynamic network of organisations with a stake in languages. They read draft reports prepared by other members of their own Committee and by members of the other Committees with a view of commenting on and adding to the reports. They participate in the preparation of questionnaires to be circulated and in the responses received; they are, in particular, responsible for the preparation, conducting, and evaluation of the needs analyses envisaged for year two. They prepare, organise, and evaluate the workshops to be conducted over the entire three-year period. They participate in the preparation and launch of European projects. There are three scientific committees focusing on Curriculum innovation (See members here), New learning environments - the European learning space (See members here) and Quality enhancement in language studies (See members here).
  • Partners: A total of 75 institutions of higher education from all the participating countries and 8 academic associations operating at the European level were partners in this project.


To find the National Reports from the scientific committees, as well as national reports and workshop programmes and reports, please consult the archive.