We are set to sponsor two of our local college’s awards later this month. Highlighting our commitment to providing educational opportunities and underlining the importance of languages in the modern world, Linguistica International, based in Hampshire, will help South Downs College’s annual ceremony reward students on the completion of another academic year. Scheduled for Friday 17 June, the awards will celebrate college students’ achievements over the last 12 months. Covering a whole range of curriculum areas such as modern languages, ICT, and performing arts, the awards ceremony will include the presentation of thirty awards, boast live music and a student art exhibition. Sponsoring the Media and Modern Foreign Language awards, Linguistica has donated prizes for the lucky winners at the event. Speaking about the upcoming ceremony, Carrie Wilson, Director of Linguistica said, “Supporting the local community is so important to us. We are proud of our heritage and are committed to sharing our successes with others in the local area. South Downs College is one of the best colleges in the whole country, boasting higher than average success rates and a commitment to supporting lifelong learning within the community. Sharing our vision to support up and coming talent within the sector, as well as promote the learning of languages, we are very excited to be working with the college and look forward to the evening.” Despite an increasingly globalised world, the lack of language skills has recently hit the headlines. A report by the University of Cambridge suggested that the decline in languages is having a major political and economic impact. Calling for the government to have a rethink over its approach to language learning, it followed news that a major exam board was to stop offering GCSEs and A Levels in French, Spanish and German. South Downs College is a Further Education College located in Waterlooville, Hampshire. Offering a wide range of courses, including Vocational and A level, it has a long history of providing outstanding education to enable students to fulfil their potential.