In an interconnected globalised world, it is the mission of the RCLC to be a national and international leader in shaping the agenda of linguistic and cultural diversity. The RCLC works to improve understanding of how language influences and is influenced by the diverse cultures of people's social and professional lives. In achieving these aims, the RCLC is committed to sustained innovation and collaborative research, underpinned by an ethical and critical stance.

In the Australian Government’s Excellence for Research in Australia evaluation, the RCLC’s work has been found to be world standard.

The mission of RCLC is four-fold:

  • to conduct internationally recognised research that improves understanding of languages and cultures and their role in education, work and life — the scholarship of discovery
  • to apply language and culture based research to address real-world problems, through national and international collaborations, drawing on transdisciplinary networks — the scholarship of application
  • to contribute to emerging and ongoing debates in the field, relating to policy, practice and theory in education, work and life — the scholarship of engagement
  • to develop understanding of language and culture in professional practice — the scholarship of teaching and learning

Our research objectives are:

  • to carry out cutting edge, transdisciplinary research on languages and cultures which addresses real world problems in education, the professions and the community
  • to expand this research program through nationally competitive research funding and strategic collaborations with government, industry and wider community partners
  • to communicate this research through high quality publications, presentations at national and international conferences and other appropriate means

Our research culture objectives are:

  • to provide a creative and supportive research culture
  • to develop the expertise and networks of the RCLC through programs of internationally recognised visiting scholars
  • to attract, educate and develop a high-quality international population of research students
  • to create a collaborative, critical learning environment in which to nurture future scholars and leaders in the field