MEP Praises Glasgow For East European Success

16 May 2006
Glasgow University has successfully won a new lectureship in Estonian Language and Culture - to be funded by the Estonian Government.

Scottish National Party Europe Spokesman Alyn Smith MEP has offered his congratulations to the University on the lectureship and on winning its bid to head up a Centre of Excellence in Language-based East European Area Studies

Mr Smith particularly welcomed the news that the University would be offering courses in Estonian to the wider community in Glasgow and across Scotland.

Speaking from Strasbourg Alyn Smith said "I want to congratulate the University and in particular the Baltic Research Unit on winning this post and their successful bid to head a UK wide centre of excellence in East European studies.

"People from all over Eastern Europe are now in Scotland and are making a valuable contribution to Scottish life. They are to be welcomed.

"By increasing the opportunities for Scots to pick up Estonian language and culture we can only make people feel even more welcome when they settle in Scotland - and perhaps help Scots with business or educational opportunities in Estonia.

"This shows the importance of Eastern Europe to Scotland with people, business and culture travelling in both directions.

"I was honoured to recommend them for the post and am pleased to see that it won't just benefit people in the University but that it will be available through distance learning to people across Scotland.

"I want to wish the University all the best and welcome the contribution of the Estonian government to Scotland."

The four year post will be located in the University's Baltic Research Unit as part of the Department of Central and East European studies.

For the University of Glasgow and the Baltic Research Unit contact David j Smith on 0141 3305254