Youth from 14 Countries Take Part in Russkiy Mir Student Program
On September 12, the Moscow State University hosted the welcoming ceremony for aspiring translators taking part in Russkiy Mir Student - 2011, a study program organized by the Russkiy Mir Foundation together with Moscow State University and the recently established Institute of Translation. This is the second year that the Russkiy Mir Student program is being held. While last year's program focused on future teachers of the Russian language, this year the students participating in the program are studying to be translators.
Approximately 50 students from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy, China, Korea, Lebanon and Portugal attended the welcoming ceremony, carrying their national flags and wearing tee-shirts with the slogan "Âðåìÿ ãîâîðèòü ïî-ðóññêè!" [Time to speak Russian!].
The students were welcomed by members of the presidium - Deputy Executive Director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Tatiana Bokova, Director of the Higher School of Translation at MSU Nikolai Garbovsky, Dean of Academics at the Russian State Humanities University Dmitry Bak, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Foreign Literature Alexander Livergant and Executive Director of the Institute of Translation Vladimir Skorodenko.
They all noted the importance and difficulty of the profession of a translator - someone who must intricately know not only languages but also the culture standing behind these languages. And this is particularly true for translation of fiction, which the Russkiy Mir Student program will focus on this year.
"The students participating in this program will have three weeks of professional training to look forward to. Students speaking Spanish and Portuguese will study at the Institute of Translation while the rest will study at the Higher School of Translation of Moscow State University. The students will have a cultural program - they will visit museums, libraries and other attractions of Moscow. The program concludes September 30, which is International Translator's Day," explained Irina Stepanova, Director of the Educational Programs Department of the Russkiy Mir Foundation.