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Member of European Parliament visits School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

We are delighted that Olga Cosmidou, Director-General of Directorate-General for Interpretation and Conferences, European Parliament is visiting the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures from Wednesday, 29 to Friday, 31 October 2014.

Olga Cosmidou is Director-General of Directorate-General for Interpretation and Conferences, European Parliament

The European Parliament is one of the biggest employers of conference interpreters in the world. We have previously welcomed speakers from the interpreting service to take part in careers events and last year, a group of MA Conference Interpreting students visited the European Parliament. They were given the opportunity to hone their skills in a variety of meetings, receiving feedback from staff interpreters on their performance. A group of students subsequently returned to Brussels to take part in a Europe-wide competition, with one student winning second prize.

As well as meeting with staff and students to discuss our conference interpreter training, Ms Cosmidou will give a presentation at the International Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting being held in Manchester entitled "A Multilingual Parliament and Universities: partners in pursuit of interpreting excellence". Dr Ebru Diriker, Professor of Translation and Interpreting Studies at Bogazici University, Istanbul, and an Honorary Research Fellow at Manchester, will also be part of the visit.

The visit will culminate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the European Parliament and the University of Manchester, establishing a framework for future cooperation.

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