”1 Decembrie 1918” University of Alba Iulia - The Centre for Research and Innovation in Linguistic Education
The Centre for Research and Innovation in Linguistic Education
Current Projects


1. Steering Transition and Advancement of Tertiary Underrepresented Students



Focusing the attention on the social dimension of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), the STATUS project opens up possibilities for introduction of innovative approaches in education practices needed to level up governance and curriculum delivery, open further access to programs and resources and equal opportunity for the enrollment and retention of vulnerable students, enhancing their learning relationships and perspectives, and empowering students in general to direct their own learning.

The overall objective is to create a supportive educational environment enhancing the participation of underrepresented students in tertiary education.

Specific objectives

  • To increase the access of Roma and other underrepresented students in European HEIs.
  • To increase academic achievement success rate and prevent Early School Leaving (ESL) in HEIs of Roma and other underrepresented students.
  • To contribute to HEIs more effective and efficient cooperation practices with other relevant local community stakeholders, in particular Civil Society (CS) organisations, leading to increased interest and better targeting of underrepresented students to pursue tertiary education.
  • To create and test inclusive education support measures and programs, exchange of current best approaches and tackling urgent needs.


  • Mapping of good practices on inclusive learning culture in the higher education as well as of early warning systems (EWS) on dropping out risk in the different partner countries’ contexts.
  • Training activities for HEIs teaching and non-teaching staff on increasing access and supporting the academic achievements of underrepresented students.
  • Workshops for students on intercultural peer support skills and active inclusion of underrepresented students.
  • Developmental workshops in Serbia, Italy, Portugal and Romania for the finalization and fine-tuning of the project results.


  • European HEI e-repository of good practices related to socially inclusive learning culture and early warning systems (EWS)
  • HEI teaching and non-teaching staff training manual and programme on intercultural competences and development of more inclusive education environments
  • CS-HE cooperation toolkit on increasing access and supporting achievement of underrepresented students
  • Toolkit on peer support and active inclusion of underrepresented students
  • European policy brief/recommendations for improving social dimension of teaching and learning in European HEIs


  • Innovative education approaches to foster the enrolment and participation of students from underrepresented groups in HE.
  • Improved capacity of HEIs in providing both academic and non-academic support to underrepresented students.
  • Strengthened CS-HE cooperation in supporting underrepresented students in other socio-economic areas beyond the sector of education, such for instance the labour market.
  • Empowered students, in particular underrepresented ones, in becoming main actors of their learning paths.
  • Improved awareness among policy makers on issues related to social inclusion of underrepresented students in HE.






In a society which promotes an ever-increasing mobility, the knowledge and study of languages is of paramount importance. Hence, there is currently a set of language policies issued by the European Council which emphasize the defence of plurilingualism, as well as the concern of a fruitful linguistic diversity. Therefore, it is defended that individuals learn diverse languages ​​in a European context open to the defence of a diverse and pluricultural linguistic framework. It is, in the first instance, up to Higher Education institutions to develop this aim, by promoting the scientific study of languages across the academic community and in the region where the Institution is located.



“Mapping identity and diversity in intra- and interlingual lexical and terminological resources”  dedicates itself to research in fundamental, experimental and applied linguistics, with the following general aims:

1. promote research in Linguistics;

2. develop applied areas of Linguistics (namely Cognitive Sciences, Computer Sciences and Inter-comprehension);

3. stimulate research in the context of the digitalization of (oral and written) texts, both with regards to their digital availability and to their linguistic analysis;

4. promote collaboration with national and foreign institutions which undertake similar activities.

Specific objectives:

1. Focus on romance Languages to English wordnet linkage: challenges and solutions, with reference to Madeiran / European Portuguese, Italian and Romanian and English equivalents

2.  Interlingual influences and foreign borrowings in Madeiran (Portuguese) / Romanian tourism and leisure terminology

3. Terminology as mirror of national history and domain specific knowledge

4. The lexical influence of English on European languages.



GT 1: Madeiran Portuguese / European Portuguese: Diversity, change and modality


GT 2: Digital Humanities / Computational approaches to Cognitive Linguistics


GT 3: Language Teaching and Acquisition in a globalised multiliteracy world


GT 4: Variation and change



Teodora Popescu

Paulo Osório

Giacomo Ferrari

Alcina Sousa

Crina Herteg


Research TEAM:

Adina Botas (“1 Decembrie University of Alba Iulia / CIEL -Romania)

Alcina de Sousa (University of Madeira and postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Humanities at UBI - CEAUL)

Alexandra Nunes (UÉ doctoral student –CEL)

Bernardo Manuel Pereira Silva (UTAD doctoral student, Language Sciences) 

Crina Herteg (“1 Decembrie University of Alba Iulia / CIEL -Romania)

Diana Avram (“1 Decembrie University of Alba Iulia doctoral student / CIEL -Romania)

Giacomo Ferrari (Piedmont University, Italy)

Monica Mosca (University of Wroclaw- Poland)

Paulo Osório (UBI Humanities Department, (Portugal)

Teodora Popescu (“1 Decembrie University of Alba Iulia / CIEL -Romania)