First turf cut for a new building for the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages

Minister of Education and Culture Illugi Gunnarsson, Madame Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of the Republic of Iceland 1980-1996, and Kristín Ingólfsdóttir, Rector of the University of Iceland, cut the first turf for the building of the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign languages on Sunday 8 March on the Women's International Day.

The Minister, the Rector and the UNESCO Ambassador for Languages all expressed pride and gratitude on this occasion, and the hope that the activities which will be housed in the new building will contribute to enhanced mutual understanding between cultures.

In addition to research and teaching in foreign languages, literature and linguistics, the new building will house the Vigdís International Centre of Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding, which will work under the auspices of UNESCO.

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