Posted on November 04, 2015

The Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) at Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), hosted a distinguished public talk on “Translation between Education and Evaluation” on October 28th. The talk was presented by Dr. Inaam Bayoud, Director of the Arab Higher Institute for Translation in Algeria, a member of the Association of Arab Universities (AARU).

Dr. Bayoud delivered her talk, which focused on the analysis of translation in the contemporary world, in the presence of a number of professionals in the field of translation, students of TII, as well as interested members of the public. Addressing the audience, Dr. Bayoud stressed that “criticism of translation is now a science in itself, for which modern translation experts have put forward various theories and definitions, establishing this science’s characteristics, principles and standards.”

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Dr. Bayoud stressed the need to overcome the narrow description given to translation in the past as only a comparison of vocabulary between languages. She emphasized that a modern translator not only works with two different language systems, but also deals with various linguistic, literary, cultural, historical, social and psychological parameters when conducting their work. During her talk, Dr. Bayoud demonstrated the various methodologies used by the modern professional translator as well as addressing how the role of the translator is evolving in an increasingly digitized world.

The talk is one of the many opportunities offered by TII for professionals, academics, students, and members of the public to meet and engage with experts in the fields of translation and languages. Commenting on the value of such talks, Dr. Amal Al Malki, Executive Director of TII, said: “one of our main objectives, since our establishment in 2012, is to spread awareness on the importance of the field of translation, which is relatively new in Qatar. We also aim to establish a platform for the exchange of ideas and knowledge specific to our region, one that can build bridges between academics, the employers and the community. The Annual Translation Conference that we host every year is an opportunity that we offer to professionals, academics, students and the general community, to meet and communicate with experts of translation and linguistics.”