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CIUTI-Forum 2015

Pillars of Communication in Times of Uncertainty

Edited By Martin Forstner, Hannelore Lee-Jahnke and Said Al-Said

The speakers of the 2015 edition of the Forum all showed a particular interest in interdisciplinary research and training. The representatives of translation industry, international and national entities and organisations, professional associations, trainers and researchers offered deep insights into their everyday work, displaying all the problems encountered and solutions found. One of the main themes was also the Silk Road Project and its multifaceted approaches – linguistic, cultural and economic – with all its drawbacks, pitfalls and challenges. In the section Transnational Private Public Partnerships the speakers stressed the importance of a global network of quality oriented partners. Interdisciplinary highlights were speakers from other disciplines who addressed in their speeches problems concerning world economy and science, which are of vital importance to all major actors.

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Persian and Turkish as Pillars of the Silk Road Economic Belt – a Challenge for T & I Training (Olga Egorova)


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Persian and Turkish as Pillars of the Silk Road Economic Belt – a Challenge for T & I Training



Though trains have replaced camels as the primary mode of transport, and oil and gas have supplanted silk as the major commodity, the Silk Road has risen once again after the strategic conception of the Silk Road Economic Belt was put forth in September 2013. The proposed belt traverses 18 countries in the Eurasian region and has a population of about 3 billion. Turning the concept of the Silk Road Economic Belt into reality and allowing it to yield real benefits represents an arduous task. One of the major challenges is training language professionals to support the actions aimed to deepen cooperation and make economic ties closer among European and Asian nations. The Silk Road Economic Belt runs through Central Asia, South Asia and West Asia, and welds the Asia-Pacific and European economic circles. It is clear that Persian and Turkish are among the most important languages of this great project which creates new “roadmaps” of training T&I in the schools all over the world.

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