Interpreting the UN

Five students visited Vienna for United Nations training ahead of Chief Interpreter’s visit to London Met.

Date: 1 December 2016

Five London Met students were selected to attend a United Nations training conference in Vienna in September.

Lilibeth Mendez, Kylia Price, Peter Savin, Aoife McGovern and Amy Fletcher, all Conference Interpreting MA students, attended the conference which took place between 26 – 30 September and coincided with the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the highest policy-making body of the IAEA. The students were given the opportunity to see the UN in action.

“The students practised interpreting presentations during the General Conference of the International Atomic Agency and received very good feedback from the professional interpreters,” said Dr Alex Krouglov, Associate Professor in Interpreting and Translation.

“This is part of the Memorandum of Understanding which London Metropolitan University and the United Nation signed in 2013. Leading UN interpreters and translators regularly visit London Met and provide training and lectures to students. They also select our students for internships and training visits at the UN headquarters.”

Dimitri Agratchev, Chief English Interpreter at the UN Office in Vienna, visited London Met on 29 November to talk to students about the prospect of multilingualism in a post-Brexit society.

Students at the UN in Vienna