Students from the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology took part in a translation contest which was held at Nizhny Novgorod Dobrolyubov State Linguistic University and the Higher School of Translation of Nizhny Novgorod State Linguistic University. The contest was part of a varied programme presented by the International Youth Scientific Conference “Translation as a factor of science and technology development in the contemporary world”. The programme also included a contest of student research projects. Among the participants of the conference were over 300 students from various universities from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Samara, Voronezh, Sevastopol, Murmansk, Tolyatti, Volgograd, Lipetsk, Chelyabinsk, Vologda, Kursk, Krasnodar, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.
The programme was full of various events. The first day started with a welcome speech by Olga Ivanova, the President of the Union of Translators of Russia followed by an interpreting contest. On the other days there was a translation contest and a contest of research projects. Students form the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology were successful in all the nominations in three languages: English, French, and German.
The winners of the translation contest were a fourth year student, Ksenia Dikareva (French language), and a fifth year student, Arina Popova (German language). A third year student, Alina Pribytkova, took third place (English language).
A fourth year student, Margarita Voloshenko, took third place in the interpreting contest (French language).
Alina Pribytkova was also the winner in the contest of research projects in the English language. The title of her project was “What’s in a name: the conflict between the advertising and informative functions in translations of film titles (by the example of the animated film “Brave”). A fourth year student, Viktoria Shmakova, took second place with her project “The difficulties of translation of French teenage literature based on the example of the novel “Cocomero” by Claude Raucy” (French language). The project “Europeanisation of higher education in the context of translation” by a fourth year student, Elena Stolyarova, also took second place (English language). According to the participants, it was very interesting and thrilling to prepare and to take part in the contest due to intense competition.
The varied programme of the International Youth Scientific Conference meant there was a lot of work for the jury too. The jury of the translation and interpreting contests included representatives from VSU: Professor Elelna Alexeyeva, Head of the Department of French Philology and chairman of the Voronezh regional office of the Union of Translators of Russia, and Lidia Borisova, Associate Professor at the Department of Translation and Professional Communication.