OPTIMALE Optimising professional translator training in a multilingual Europe
What is OPTIMALE?
- Optimale is an ERASMUS Academic Network designed to promote European cooperation and innovation in enhancing teaching and learning of translation. The network is funded by the European Directorate-General for Education and Culture and is active from January 2011 to September 2013.
- 65 EU partners + 5 "Third country" partners.
- 32 countries involved in the project.
- The network works in close partnership with the European Master's in Translation (EMT) network.
OPTIMALE aims to act as a vehicle and stimulus for innovation and high quality in the training of professional translators. The Optimale Network aims to:
- Map ongoing translator training programmes in European Higher Education institutions.
- Monitor market needs and professional requirements relevant to translator education and training.
- Translate new professional competences into learning outcomes.
- Implement training sessions for translator trainer in Higher Education.
The OPTIMALE network is organized in 7 Workpackages (WP):
WP1: Project management
WP2: Project dissemination
WP3: Mapping translator training
WP4: Monitoring market and societal needs and professional requirements relevant to translator training
WP5: Training for professional practice
WP6: Training of trainers
WP7: Evaluation-quality plan
What is the role of Durham?
Durham is contributing to collecting data for WP4 in 2011. The director of the MA in Translation Studies, Dr Federico M. Federici, is the point of contact for further details on Durham's role. Details on the network can be found at: http://www.translator-training.eu/.