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Pan African Masters Consortium in Interpretation and Translation (PAMCIT)

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Training students to work as highly qualified translators, conference and public service interpreters to meet emerging needs and fill the gap in trained language specialists in Africa.

Fast facts

Total Budget: 
€ 4 125 000
European Commission Contribution: 
€ 3 600 000
Annual Action Programme: 
Action Document: 

This programme is funded under the annual action programme 2014 of the DCI Pan-African programme. It is implemented by the DG Interpretation (DG SCIC) of the European Commission and the United Nations Office in Nairobi.

The sector of conference, interpreting and translation in Africa is characterised by an insufficient supply of training facilities, which has given rise to the emergence of substandard translation and interpretating services, or a total lack thereof in some cases.

In line with the African Union's policies of access to higher education, and fostering employability and creating professional outlets for graduates, the programme aims to fill the gap in trained language specialists in Africa.

To make this possible, PAMCIT aims to: i) support higher education institutions so that they offer training to international quality standards, ii) support students, who will be able to graduate and find employment in Africa, iii) support the PAMCIT governance structure to ensure sustainable and effective funding and coordination of the programme.

The programme focuses on strengthening governance of CI&T programmes in higher education institutions (HEIs) through the PAMCIT secretariat both on the supply side (HEIs that are members of the PAMCIT network), and demand side (the students). It does this by:

  • Providing financial support to PAMCIT students to cover tuition fees, their mobility to another PAMCIT HEI and PhD-related costs;
  • Facilitating the purchase of CI&T equipment and its maintenance;
  • Providing training for trainers/teachers;
  • Ensuring pedagogical assistance by DG SCIC through virtual classes and support to selection processes and examinations;
  • Establishing a permanent secretariat in charge of managing the PAMCIT network and of organising continental conferences in CI&T.