Two University of Macau (UM) students recently each won a third prize in the final of the Sixth Cross-Strait Interpreting Contest held in Taiwan.
The students are Chao Kit I and Zhang Xiaoping, two master’s students of translation studies from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Dr Victoria Lei was the coach of the two students.
The Cross-Strait Interpreting Contest is an influential annual event jointly organised by Xiamen University and the Taiwan Association of Translation and Interpretation, with the support of the Ministry of Education and the Taiwan Affairs Office.
This year’s contest attracted students from over 800 universities in eight areas (South China, North China, East China, Central China, West China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan). Only 25 of them were selected to represent their region in the final. In the final, contestants were required to do consecutive interpreting between English and Chinese for a keynote speaker in a mock conference. The speeches covered a wide range of topics, including environment, economic development, internet issues, housing problems, and popular culture. UM professor Zhang Meifang was a special guest invited by the organiser.
Since its launch in 2009, the contest has attracted more than 10,000 contestants each year from over 800 higher education institutions in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, including most key universities offering translation and interpretation programmes. The event has been covered by mainstream media organisations across the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, including China Central Television, China Daily, Television Broadcasts Satellite, Taiwan Television, Eastern Broadcasting Co, Xinhua News Agency, and Phoenix Satellite Television.
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- 澳大英語教學再創佳績 [華僑報] 2016-04-25