As one of France's leading university language industry training centres, the Rennes University Center for Translator-Localizers Terminologists and Technical writers (CFTTR) is closely involved in a number of major European networks, as active participant or lead partner.
The CFTTR's Master's degree programme ("Métiers de la traduction-localisation et de la communication multilingue et multimédia") is one of the 34 advanced degree programmes currently recognised by the EMT (European Master’s in Translation), a network initiated and supported by the European Commission's DGT (Directorate-General for Translation).
The EMT aims to help raise the standard of translator training across the EU and foster cooperation and exchanges between higher-education institutions offering translation courses.
The demand for highly qualified translators and technical communicators is expanding as the EU and other employers strive to cover their growing multilingual communication needs. Better training for translators and technical communicators is needed to ensure a good match between graduates' competences and employers' requirements.
The OPTIMALE project ("Optimising professional translator training in a multilingual Europe"), is a network of 69 university partners (64 within and 5 outside the European Economic Area), working with the EUATC and other professional bodies, to enhance relations between academic translator training centres and the Language Service Providers. Over the next three years, it will map existing academic programmes, identify current and emerging skills profiles, identify and disseminate good practice in a number of key areas of translator training and organise training of trainer sessions across Europe.
Members of the CFTTR have also been closely associated with other projects in the wider area of multilingual professional communication:
The Multicom project has put forward proposals for a Bachelor's degree programme in Multilingual Communication, and designed learning materials for use in the multilingual classroom.
The TNP3 and TNP-3D projects were major European networks devoted to the role and professional relevance of foreign language skills for European higher education graduates.
In the context of the changing linguistic and intercultural needs of Europe in the post enlargement years, the network set about building bridges between higher education institutions, institutions and authorities in the other sectors of education, and the world of work.