Vice-president Yang Junfeng met with Lee Meche, Operation Director of Asia-pacific Area in the British Headquarter of SDL Company in Room 419, meeting room in Chengzhi Building in Dalian University of Foreign Languages (DUFL) on the morning of October 31. Five other members from SDL and directors of other relevant departments from DUFL also attended this meeting. Mr. Yang introduced the principles of cultivating talents in DUFL: improve the system of cultivating practical talents, strengthen the construction of application-oriented majors, deepen curricular reforms, improve university-enterprise cooperation mechanism in cultivating talents, and enhance the design of practical teaching, etc. He also hoped that Lee’s visit would help both parties continue to create new cooperation concepts, share the resources from university and enterprise effectively and deepen the mutual cooperation on the basis of current cooperation model.
At the meeting, both parties had a profound exchange on future cooperation in such fields as faculty training, language service, education on innovation and entrepreneurship and so on.
After the meeting, Mr. Lee along with his team had a formal discussion on the implementation and promotion of cooperation programs between DUFL and SDL with the heads from Graduate Student Office, of Academic Administration Office, School of English Studies and School of Advanced Translation and Interpretation. Mr. Lee was also invited to introduce to the teachers and students from School of English Studies and School of Advanced Translation and Interpretation about the development history, business scope, team strength, development goals and prospects of SDL company as well as the development of translation localization market, with DUFL-SDL cooperation programs as his focus. He hoped that students could seize the opportunities to actively take part in the internship programs and get themselves trained in the practice activities, so that they can improve their competitiveness in future employment.
It is reported that SDL Company has signed an agreement with DUFL and has become one of the off-campus practice bases for DUFL students. Selected students will be recommended to participate in a six-month internship program in the company. DUFL will invite professional instructors on translation projects to give lectures and offer related courses, and dispatch professional teachers to lead the interns, which will help enhance the practical translation abilities of these teachers and explore how to develop new courses in practice. Meanwhile, teachers and students in DUFL are encouraged to accumulate their achievements based upon DUFL-SDL cooperation programs. The cooperation results of the practice base will be enriched through translation projects, translation works, published papers, innovation and entrepreneurship projects, etc.
SDL company was founded in 1992, with its global headquarters located in the U.K. It owns 57 branches around the world and 55 offices in 38 countries. In 2004, SDL entered China market, and later it set up offices in cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Changsha and Dalian. It has a wide range of business interests covering bioscience, automobile industry, finance, information technology and mechanical engineering, etc. And it takes advantage of SDL Trados, a well-known computer-aided translation software, to offer to their customers unique digital content management. SDL provides services in more than 200 languages to 79 of global top 100 brands and to more than 1,500 corporate clients all over the world.