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In this issue - December 2015

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Dear colleagues, I am delighted to welcome you to the fourth SCIC-Universities Newsletter, our communication tool with all our partner universities across Europe and beyond. Alongside our "traditional" news on Bursaries, Pedagogical Assistance or Training for Trainers seminars, in this issue you will also find two interesting articles on the new pilot programme concerning our Study Visits and the 20th anniversary of our annual event – SCIC-Universities Conference, which will take place in mid-March 2016.
Top news
"Training of Trainers" seminar for the University of Skopje
In January 2016 SCIC will hold a 5-day seminar for professional conference interpreters who will be called upon by the StS Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje to provide training on the Master's course in conference interpreting in Skopje. The seminar will be held from 18th to 22nd January and will involve 6 professionals, all EU accredited conference interpreters, who have agreed to be involved in the course although they are not University members of staff.
Pedagogical Assistance for the 2nd semester of the academic year 2015-2016
The Evaluation Committee on Pedagogical Assistance to the Universities has approved the Pedagogical Assistance requests for a total number of 221.5 days during the period February-August 2016. 38 universities will benefit from this and will soon be informed of the details.
SCIC-Universities annual conference, 2016 edition
The 20th edition of the Conference SCIC-Universities will take place on 14th and 15th March 2016 in the Albert Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels. Together we will celebrate 20 years of fruitful collaboration with our partner universities and stakeholders during an event that we hope will be more dynamic and interactive than ever! Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva, the Vice-President and European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, will attend our conference as a guest speaker.
"Training for Trainers" seminar in German
As almost every year in January, DG Interpretation continues the tradition of organizing a "Training for Trainers" seminar in German for teachers of conference interpreting. The seminar will take place in Brussels from 18th to 22nd January 2016 and will be conducted by two experienced SCIC trainers, Chris Fischer and Monika Schorr. Twelve participants from member states, pre-candidate and third countries were selected to take part in this seminar, aiming to improve their teaching skills and acquire new ones. The participants will also have the occasion to exchange ideas and best practices and to meet the SCIC management team.
Grants and bursaries
Bursaries for the academic year 2015-2016
As already announced in our previous newsletter, the deadline for conference interpreting students to apply for study bursaries funded by DG SCIC was 16th September 2015. The final total number of applications received by this date was 199. The bursary evaluation committee met on 23rd October and the award decisions were made in November. All applicants have been duly informed of the outcome of their application. 55 bursaries have been awarded for the academic year 2015-2016. The bursary consists of one single payment of 2.400€ for nationals of Member States or 1.600€ for citizens of Candidate Countries (MK).
Study visits in 2016
In 2016 we shall keep on organizing study visits to DG SCIC for conference interpreting students. From January to June 2016 we will welcome 40 groups of students (and teachers) from as many Member States and Candidate Countries. Each group consists of a maximum of 12 students, hence we will welcome around 400 students in the first semester of 2016.
Virtual Classes - We like them!
We are delighted to announce that we will publish a video on the development and evolution of the Virtual Classes in 2016, as part of the reflection on e-learning recently launched by our Directorate General. As a taster, you are warmly invited to have a look at the following video showing the impressions of some of our trainers who have been pro-actively involved in this project. Enjoy!
See also : Virtual Classes Video Taster
The Speech Repository 2.0 celebrates its first birthday!
It’s already been a year since we launched the new version of the Speech Repository. We would like to thank our partner universities for their input and comments. As a small reminder let us give you some facts about our e-learning tool. Please don’t forget that besides the public part there is My Speech Repository, which has been specifically created for our partner universities:
See also : My Speech Repository
Contact : SCIC Speech Repository
This is the newsletter of the Multilingualism and Training Support Team of the European Commission DG Interpretation - SCIC . For more information, see our cooperation and training pages.

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