Cooperation with Universities on Terminology Projects

Since 2012, TermCoord cooperates with terminology or language departments of universities on terminology projects for feeding IATE. It involves universities that teach terminology in the framework of a bachelor or master course.

The students work on terminology projects, following the requirements for IATE terminology work and the respective guidelines, researching and documenting terms in the target language which is their native language (among the official languages of the EU) or the language of the university course, based on one of the main source language – English. The advantage for the students is that they have the opportunity to gain hands-on terminology experience and to contribute to the EU terminology database. The findings are verified by European Parliament terminologists and those found to be of good quality are inserted into IATE.

The cooperation is based on a standard agreement (see documents and forms below) and the number of projects is restricted according to the resources available for project preparation, verification, insertion into the database and validation. In this respect, priority will be given to target languages which have not done projects with us before.

The domain covered by the participating universities can be chosen either amongst a list of available projects provided by TermCoord, or by the professors of the course from among IATE domains in collaboration with TermCoord and the terminologists for the respective target language at the EP.

If professors and students wish to pay an information visit to the European Parliament in Luxembourg in order to meet and hear about the work of our unit and the Directorate-General for Translation, TermCoord would be more than happy to welcome them and to organise a presentation.

Because of TermCoord’s limited resources, there might be a considerable delay for the insertion of all suitable results into IATE. Therefore, as a solution for the time until the insertion, we offer to publish the term lists or glossaries from the projects on our website in the “University projects” section, together with the name of the university, the professors and the students.

There is another possibility of cooperation with TermCoord: Masters on terminology using our IATE template and creating a glossary of minimum 50 and maximum of 100 entries, which could be added to IATE after validation by the EP terminologists of the respective target language. The interested university, professor or student contacts TermCoord and informs us about the wish of a student to do such a thesis. TermCoord contacts the terminology team of the respective Translation Unit and puts them in direct contact with the student/university. The domain can be chosen by the student or suggested by the Translation Unit according to the needs in IATE. Such master theses usually consist of a theoretical part and of a glossary with at least 50 concepts.

European Master’s in Translation (EMT)

Universities developing an IATE project with TermCoord can join the network of the European Master’s in Translation if they fulfil the conditions.
Click on the image to download the pdf with the Competence Framework.

If you are interested to apply, your terminology project would be an advantage. Ask for our recommendation!

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Documents and forms

Academic Cooperation in Terminology Project (EN Form)

Agreement for cooperation with universities (EN updated)

Please keep in mind that the text of the agreement is just an example and for general information. If you are interested in a cooperation with us, please contact us through email to inquire about the possibility for a collaboration and define the details for such a project.

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