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Multilingualism and New Technologies: Sharing Know-How with the Next Generation

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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Underpinning democratic debate in the European Parliament (EP) is a cutting-edge multilingual conference service that allows members to express themselves freely in any of the 24 official languages of the Union. As the lawmaking powers and stature of Parliament have grown steadily since the Treaty of Rome in 1957, so has the importance of delivering a competent, professional and flexible interpreting service, provided by the Directorate-General for Interpretation and Conferences (DG INTE).

DG INTE is aware of the need to nurture a new generation of conference interpreters capable of meeting the combined challenges of a growing shortage of skills as experienced interpreters retire, the new linguistic demands created by successive EU enlargements and the proliferation of new forms of communication and conference technology in the workplace. Thus it has harnessed state-of-the-art technology to bring the expertise of its staff into university classrooms across Europe to enhance the quality and harmonise the standard of interpreter training to benefit future interpreters.

These Virtual Classes held using a high-resolution video link-up between the EP and one or more universities foster the highest professional standards and offer students a real-life insight into how conference interpreting in the European institutions is done. With the physical locations of trainer and student rendered immaterial by technology, the limitation of the number of language combinations that can be taught is eliminated.

Whereas in the past interpreting students relied almost exclusively on the trainers at their own university, they are now able to participate in Virtual Classes bringing together their own teachers, the students and staff at other universities, and professional interpreters from the EP and partner institutions. Both, students and universities stand to gain from a greater insight into the needs and expectations of prospective future employers, and the EP will have the opportunity to offer more structured pedagogical input and to assess the progress of future graduates over the duration of their courses.

The Virtual Classes offer a cost-effective, technology-driven solution that delivers high stakeholder satisfaction, is inclusive and sustainable, and projects a positive image of the EP as a future employer. The project has won enthusiastic accolades from the growing network of partner universities and inspired them to build on the format in cooperation among themselves.

Award info
Award category: weathering the storm. creative solutions in a time of crisis - european and national level
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2013
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity:
Keywords: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Short English description: Underpinning democratic debate in the European Parliament (EP) is a cutting-edge multilingual conference service that allows members to express themselves freely in any of the 24 official languages of the Union. As the lawmaking powers and stature of Parliament have grown steadily since the Treaty of Rome in 1957, so has the importance of delivering a competent, professional and flexible interpreting service, provided by the Directorate-General for Interpretation and

Conferences (DG INTE).

Further information
Organisation: European Parliament, Directorate-General Interpretation and Conferences
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Level of government: EU institutions
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Pan-European
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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Multilingualism and New Technologies: Sharing Know-How with the Next Generation (50.8390372, 4.3733271999999)
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