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Title: Bridging the gap between Saudi students translator training programmes and the needs of the Saudi translation market
Author: Altuhaini, Ahmed Saleem
ISNI:       0000 0004 6060 9459
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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This study aims to develop a systematic, need-based approach to curriculum development in Translator Training (TT), informed by international best practice for identifying the extent and nature of the need for revision and renewal of current TT provision in Saudi Arabia. Social and global changes such as the advancement of public and private institutions, international politics, economic competition, foreign direct investment and rapid development of new information and communication technology place tremendous pressure on educational institutions to respond to a rapidly developing job market. Today's translation departments should not only continuously update their curricula and teaching methodology and raise their programmes' standards and evaluation measures, but also predict short- and long-term future training needs. Therefore, TT institutions should collaborate with relevant stakeholders to establish strong relationships to enrich the discipline and the industry. TT experts, Translation Studies (TS) scholars and professional translators have criticised TT programmes' detachment from the professional world, a likely result of the inability of existing TT curricula and methodologies to cater for the digital modern market and student needs. This thesis suggests that one way of solving this problem is to use training principles and concepts that have proven effective and successful in other disciplines such as training needs analysis and situational analysis, which are widely used in the fields of Human Resource Development, professional corporate training and education curriculum development studies. By applying a systematic and need-based approach to designing TT curricula, this study aims to promote ways to consider emerging social, professional and disciplinary needs and meet the expectations of all relevant stakeholders. This is achieved by enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the design process through situational analysis, analysing the environment, mapping and identifying key stakeholders, setting SMART objectives, analysing training needs and key areas for development, and using a quality assurance-based evaluation approach.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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