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Course aims to plug translation gap

08 June 2009

A unique new course offering students the chance to gain translation skills and help meet the growing need for professional language translators has been officially launched.

Cardiff University’s School of European Studies is the first to offer a designated course which allows students the chance to gain professional translation skills in any source and target language pairing.

The course is aimed at students seeking a career as a translator or at those interested in the study of translation as a basis from which to pursue a PhD in such disciplines as translation studies, comparative literature, cultural studies or history.

Training also prepares students for careers in other language-related professions, including journalism, public relations or language teaching.

Professor Alexis Nuselovici, a leading translation studies expert who developed the course, said: "Cardiff University’s new MA in Translation Studies is the first in the UK to offer students the chance to gain professional translation skills with the complete freedom to choose to translate from any language into any language.

"The increasing move towards globalisation brings with it new and unique linguistic challenges. Businesses who want to compete on a world stage need to be able to communicate in new and emerging economies and in new languages.

"There are also the cultural needs of people who have, for the first time, been able to travel to other countries. We hope that the chance to translate from and into any language will encourage more students to consider a professional career as a language translator."

The new one-year MA course is available from September 2009. It comes as the European Union’s Directorate-General for Translation is warning of a potential gap in the number of professional translators.

Professor Nuselovici added: "The European Union’s Directorate-General for Translation has already warned that as a result of impending retirements and further expansion of the European Union, there is a growing need for professional translators.

"The increasing movement of people, especially within the European Union, has seen demand for professional translation services increase. This is also true of the further expansion of the European Union and the need for the European Commission and Parliament to service these new languages.

"We hope that the freedom that the course offers students to gain professional translation skills in and from any language will help meet this gap."

1. School of European Studies

The School of European Studies comprises the French, German, Hispanic, Italian and Politics sections of the University.

The School is at the cutting edge of research into Europe, believing that Europe can only be understood in the context of its states’ different histories, political systems, languages and cultural identities. The main research interests are: histories, memories and fictions; images and ideas of Europe; ideologies; parties and intellectuals; nationalism, urbanism and regionalism; European public policy; and European labour movements.

The School publishes three journals: New Readings, research papers on the themes of European languages, literatures and critical theory; Regional and Federal Studies: an international journal; and Tesserae, the journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies.

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

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Cardiff University

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