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Lidl launches scholarship to study German.

Lidl launches scholarship to study German.

Lidl has launched a new scholarship for Oxford University students to study German. 

The budget supermarket chain announced plans to fund one graduate who enrolls on a masters degree in Modern German and sponsor competitions with cash prizes of up to £500 for undergraduates from next year.

It comes as education experts warned of declining numbers of students learning the language in schools, which a British Council adviser suggested was partly because pupils still associate Germany with war.

Professor Ian Watson, chair of the faculty of medieval and modern languages, said: “We are delighted that, at a time when the teaching of modern languages in the UK is facing considerable challenges, a major German company in the shape of Lidl has stepped forward to offer its support.

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