On behalf of Burch University, it gives us great pleasure to announce that after a long election process, Sarajevo has been chosen as the host for the AILA (Association International de Linguistique Appliquée) World Congress 2020.
During his visit to Australia Dr. Azamat Akbarov met with President of the AILA and the Australian Association for Applied Linguistics (ALAA). The AILA EBIC board expressed their satisfaction with the bid, discussing its potential extensively.
The International World Congress is the biggest event in the field of Applied Linguistics, organized by the International Association of Applied Linguistics. It is held every three years, in different countries around the world. The Congress brings together more than 4000 participants who discuss all the current key issues in the field of language teaching and learning. The scope of the event is such that hosts are picked up to six years in advance. This year, after a successful 2014 Congress held in Australia, the AILA board congregated to elect the host city for 2020. 2011 AILA World Congress was in China and 2017 will be in Brazil.
The bid for Sarajevo to host AILA in 2020 was in direct competition with 10 other applicant cities. However, the richness of the language history in the area, as well as the display of cooperation between universities and educational institutions in the region and beyond, weighed in favor of Sarajevo as the perfect host for the AILA World Congress in 2020. This election makes Sarajevo the first Eastern European city to host the congress since its beginnings, in 1964. The AILA board expressed their enthusiasm for the choice, stating that they were impressed by the show of support and unity that Burch University presented.
Thirty years after hosting the greatest event in the world of sports, Sarajevo has once more been chosen to host a meeting of enormous proportions. Burch University, with the support of universities in Sarajevo, Zenica, Mostar, Banja Luka, Tuzla, Zagreb, Koper, alongside the Federal Ministry for Education, and regional support by Associations for Applied Linguistics in Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ready to take up the responsibility for the organization of the World Congress. It is our hope that in six years, when the doors of Burch University open for thousands of participants from all around the world, Sarajevo shines once more in all its linguistic glory.