Festschrift in Honour of Christina Schäffner
Peter A. Schmitt: CIUTI, Bologna, EMT – Approaches towards better T&I quality
Peter A. Schmitt CIUTI, Bologna, EMT – Approaches towards better T&I quality 1 Income, prestige, competence, quality of training — everything is interconnected One of Christina Schaeffner’s many activities was her contribution to the im- plementation of the EMT Network (Europan Master’s in Translation), a project initiated by the EU Comission’s Directorate General for Translation (DGT). As members of the DGT’s EMT Expert Group we had many meetings and working sessions in the years 2007-2010, and I had the chance to experience Christina Schaeffner’s serious work, dedication and commitment to the project’s objective of improving the competence of translators and, hence, quality of intercultural communication. The prestige and income of a profession is (at least: should be) correlated to the competence of its members and the quality of their products and services. Obvi- ously, quality of study programmes plays a central role here. It is influenced by various factors, such as the content of studies, but also by the infrastructure of material and personnel – and the latter depends on the availability of competent teachers. For this reason, educational institutions for translators and interpreters have the dual task of a) producing graduates who are qualified for their profes- sion and b) of training and recruiting competent T&I teachers. Aspects that have provoked considerable controversy are the spectrum of com- petences needed in a very heterogeneous market, the role of translation theory (or translatology) in this context, but also the influence of the European Higher Education Reform (“Bologna Process”) and the new...
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