On 8 November 2017, Ann Carlisle CEO and Jane Galbraith, Head of Membership, commenced a two-week, two-centre visit to Hong Kong and Shanghai, which focused on three key areas:
Moving to Shanghai, the focus on this part if the trip was the China Association’s second AGM, hosted by Fudan University. Professors from a number of local universities were in attendance along with a selection of students who had participated in the first CIOL China Association Translation competition for postgrads studying the Masters in Interpreting and Translation (MIT). Over 600 students entered the competition and a number of awards were made to recognise the highest achievers. The CIOL China Association is using the competition to raise awareness of the Diploma in Translation and professional membership.
Ann Carlisle said “The biannual visits to Hong Kong and China remain key to enabling the senior management team to understand both the opportunities and challenges we face, particularly in China, as an emerging market. Membership numbers in Hong Kong remain stable but through the Hong Kong Society we are looking to rebuild our capability and to reposition CIOL in Hong Kong as a valued professional institute for linguists. Work in China, through our China Association is moving steadily forward and the ambition is to have over 1,000 postgrad students enter next year’s Translation Competition. This is a positive way to introduce young linguists and future members to the benefits of the DipTrans and membership. I would like to finish by extending my sincere thanks to Ms Florence Lam, CIOL’s regional coordinator in Hong Kong, who offered support and guidance throughout our trip.”