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Introduction

The Centre for Translation and Interpretation (CTI) was established in

 

2010 as a collaborative initiative between the University of Nairobi, the

 

United Nations, the European Union, the African Development Bank and

 

the African Union. The Centre, which is the only one of its kind in the

 

region, is the product of what was dubbed “the African Project” whose

 

objective was to establish postgraduate training in translation, conference

 

interpreting and public service interpreting through centres of excellence

 

on the African continent. The University of Nairobi was selected to be the

 

lead of a group of core universities representing the main different

 

linguistic regions of Africa. The Centre was the first to be established

 

within this framework of the “African project”.

 

The core functions of the Centre include training of translators and,

 

conference and public service interpreters, research and publication,

 

servicing conferences and consulting.  The Centre has modern training

 

facilities with state-of-the –art interpreting booths, a library and a computer

 

laboratory.

Due to regional integration in Africa and the growth of regional and international organisations within the African region and overseas, there is a growing demand for translators and interpreters with relevant language combinations to service the increasing numbers of meetings, conferences and documentations to be translated. Graduates of this project will therefore find work and opportunities in this ever-growing market.

Prospective employers / occupations

Graduates of the PAMCIT will have many employment opportunities:

  • National governments

  • The regional and international bodies through participation in competitions organized by them;

  • NGOs established in Africa;

  • As freelance professionals on the private market in business negotiations and in international conferences;

  • The language industry and the publishing world.

 

 

This initiative aims to help meet the demand in Africa for professionals in these

 

fields. It comes in the wake of similar initiatives to train a new generation of i

 

nterpreters and translators in Europe, Asia and the United States.

 

Through the “African Project”, the Centre for Translation and Interpretation was

 

established along with five other centres of excellence within the different regions

 

of Africa to provide a two-year course at Masters level leading to a Pan-African

 

Masters in Conference Interpreting and Translation (PAMCIT).

Prospective employers / occupations

Graduates of the PAMCIT will have many employment opportunities:

  • National governments

  • The regional and international bodies through participation in competitions organized by them;

  • NGOs established in Africa;

  • As freelance professionals on the private market in business negotiations and in international conferences;

  • The language industry and the publishing world.

 

Type: 
College Annual Report
Year: 
2013:00

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