The European Commission is in the process of establishing a network of university programs that would provide high quality master’s level education and training to translators. The programs would be in line with the standards of EMT expert group. EMT network aims to endorse a quality brand of qualifications that would encourage exchanges across the various participating programs.
The project comes at the right time as the requirement for substantially qualified translators is growing rapidly, spurred by the multilingual communication requirements of the EU and other employers. The standard of translators’ training need to be raised in order to ensure that the competencies of graduates match with the requirements of employers.
A group of prominent European experts have drawn up the EMT translator competence profile. It mentions in detail the competences required by translators for getting translation jobs in the institutions of EU and for working in the growing field of multilingual communication. This project would help raise the training standards of translators in the EU and also encourage cooperation, as well as exchanges across institutions of higher-education that offer translation courses.