More than 100 translation students representing universities in four provinces are heading to Toronto this week to test their skills during the 14th annual Translation Games, being held for the first time this year at York University’s Glendon Campus.
It is also the first time the games will be hosted in the Greater Toronto Area.
The games, being held March 8 to 10, are organized by students of Glendon’s School of Translation, whose graduates have found success at senior levels of provincial and federal governments as well as in international organizations and the private sector.
“I am so pleased Glendon has the opportunity to host this year’s games,” said Professor Lyse Hébert, Chair of the School of Translation. “In an interconnected world, there is a substantial need for well-trained translators. Our students go on to work around the globe and help connect our world in immeasurable ways.”
Glendon is the only bilingual post-secondary school in southern Ontario. To mark the diversity of the region, this year’s games will – for the first time – include a third language by adding translation tests from Spanish to English.
The two-day event will see students compete in individual and team competitions for proofs of literary texts, songs, comics, audiovisual texts, lipograms and more. This will be followed by the non-English-to-English translation competition, where the Glendon team will face teams from two other universities.
The games wrap up with an announcement of the results and an award ceremony.
“These games are a great opportunity to showcase the value of a quality university education,” said Hébert.