One of the aims of OPTIMALE is to enhance the relevance of degree programmes in translation to societal and market needs. The first year of the project has been devoted to identifying these needs by:
- determining current and emerging competence requirements within the European translation industry, i.e. identifying the competences that employers seek when looking to employ new staff, via an online survey aimed at employers throughout the industry;
- providing input for further analysis and discussion during eight "regional" workshops bringing together academics involved in Master's degree translator training programmes and industry players from across Europe.