On 14 and 15 March, the 20th EC SCIC-universities conference New Times, New Needs, New Learning was held in Brussels. The conference was opened by Kristalina Georgieva, EC Vice-President. In her opening remarks she addressed the challenges the EC faces today – the continuing economic crisis, migration, terrorism. She was certain that a committed European Union will cope with these challenges better than countries would do so individually. Carlos Alegria, Acting Director General of DG SCIC, in his speech at the plenary focused on the cooperation between DG SCIC and partner-universities and assured that the partnership will remain a priority despite budgetary constraints. The participants discussed the current situation and trends in the translation industry, the prospects of blended education and DG SCIC initiatives to support the university programmes.

Herzen University and SCIT were represented by Angelique Antonova, SCIT Deputy Director. On the margins of the conference she held a series of meetings with the heads of linguistic services in the European Union, coordinators and leaders of the university programs. European colleagues confirmed their readiness to maintain cooperation between the European linguistic services and Herzen university at a high level. Arrangements were made to develop cooperation in interpreter training with the universities of La Laguna (Spain), ELTE (Budapest), Charles University (Prague).

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