New translation facility opens
UQ’s reputation as a global leader in translation and interpreting studies has received a boost with the opening of a high-tech learning space.
The newly-refurbished JM Campbell Conference Facility will be used by students in the award-winning Master of Arts in Chinese Translation and Interpreting (MACTI) and Master of Arts in Japanese Translation and Interpreting (MAJIT) programs.
The original facility has a remarkable story of its own, and was named after its benefactor, John Monteith Campbell. Mr Campbell was a Queensland grazier who had been assisted by local residents after unexpectedly falling ill during a trip to Japan.
He was so moved by their kindness that upon his death in 1974 he bequeathed a quarter of his estate to UQ to “advance the education of oriental languages within the State of Queensland”.
Things have come a long way since then, with the refurbished space boasting the same conference and simultaneous interpreting equipment used in a professional setting.
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