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Between the Covers’ of Literary Translation at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K)

Award-winning translator Ros Schwartz held a workshop on literary translation called ‘Between the Covers’ with a group of hand-picked RIT-Kosovo students and faculty on October 28. 2017. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Schwartz hasRosSchwartz Small translated over 80 books from French to English.  She has served as Chair of the European Council of Literary Translations and Chair of the English PEN’s Writers in Translation Section, has won numerous individual awards for translation and has been declared a Chevalier d’Honneur et des Lettres for having "significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance."  Earlier this year, the Institute of Translation and Interpreting awarded her the ‘John Sykes Memorial Prize for Excellence’ for her outstanding contribution to the world of translation or interpreting over a long period.

Ms. Schwartz opened the workshop by recounting her path to a career in literary translation from her study abroad experience as a student in Paris and her first translation of I Didn’t Say Goodbye, a book of interviews with holocaust survivors – “les enfants de déportés,” or “children of the deported” - whose parents died in the camps, written by Claudine Vegh, a hidden child who grew up to become a child psychiatrist. 

Participants discussed ‘sticky translation problems’ that demonstrate that literary translation is not a mere technical matter.  It involves the translation on one culture into another as in the differences between the quiet middle class “suburbs” of London and the more troubled “suburbs” or banlieue near Paris that suffer from high unemployment and crime rates among residents from former French African colonies.  They discussed the literary translators’ classic dilemma: whether translation should stick close to original meaning or to convey the music of the original language.  They concluded that each case requires careful consideration.

In the last part of the workshop, participants were able to address six ‘sticky translation problems from Ms. Schwartz’s new translation of Antoine St. Exupery’s classic, The Little Prince, that enabled the students to address decision-making problems in translation and arrive at some impressively successful solutions.  This led Professor Mark Baskin to observe how “these small and informal workshops demonstrate that “in study with a world-class literary translator, RIT-Kosovo students again show their capacity to meet linguistic and cultural challenges of translating the experience of the world to make it meaningful.” 

Among the students who participated in the workshop were Fjolla Qorri, Bind Ahmetaj, Haes Shal Kim, Diar Ramadani, Clirim Sheremeti, Olsa Hoti, Rejsa Kuci, Ermina Karavidaj, Aurora Hyseni, Vesa Goci and Adriana Cekic.

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Certification Ceremony of PPDL Cohort 4

October 25, 2017

USAID

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, a Certification Ceremony took place to honor the achievement and dedication of 180 civil servants from central and local government.  These outstanding individuals were part of Cohort 4 (Spring Semester 2016/17) of the Public Policy Development and Leadership (PPDL) training.  The PPDL is supported by the USAID Kosovo and implemented by the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K.).

Initially, 367 candidates applied for admittance into the PPDL program.  Only 232 fulfilled the criteria for admittance.  Among the 232 candidates, only 180 candidates successfully completed the training.

The aim of the PPDL program is to assist the people and Government of Kosovo in increasing the public policy development and leadership capacity at both central and municipal levels. This program provides specialized training in professional leadership, public policy analysis, evidence base decision making, and program evaluation and focuses on Diplomacy and Rule of Law, Economic Development, Development of Social, Energy and Environmental Policies, and Development of Policies in Rural, Urban and Regional Development.

Dr. Sharon Y. Hart, the President of RIT Kosovo (A.U.K), congratulated the graduates and acknowledged the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K.) staff for their hard work and dedication for such a successful project.

Ms. Lisa Magno, the Deputy Mission Director of USAID Kosovo, remarked, “Public service provides the essential continuity, the stability in any government.”  She added, “The PPDL course is really an investment, not just in your futures, but in your countries, as well.” 

On behalf of the beneficiaries, Ms. Refike Sülçevsi, Director, Kosovo Institute for Public Administration and Mr. Dejan Jovanović, a representative of the Municipality of Gracanica, addressed the participants.  Ms. Ferdeze Agaj – Mehmeti, an Alumni of the PPDL Cohort 4, shared her experience as a participant.

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Ms. Ylberina Mala, Chief of Party/Program Director, presented some general data and achievements of the program.  She also presented Certificates of Appreciation, for the support and contribution, to Mr. Bajram Bujupi, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice; Mr. Engelbert Zefaj, representative of the Municipality of Peja; and Mr. Dejan Jovanović, a representative of the municipality of Graçanica.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Ms. Edona Peci and Mr. Valmir Ismaili, acknowledging their voluntary work as Teaching Assistants.

 

"Kosovo Energy Policy – current situation and the way forward" - Mr. Valdrin Lluka, Minister of Economic Development

October 24, 2017

Mr. Valdrin Lluka, Minister of Kosovo Ministry of Economic Development gave a presentation on the topic of “Kosovo Energy Policy – current situation and the way forward”, to RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) students and faculty today. Students had the opportunity to learn first hand about the current development in the Energy Sector and plans of the Kosovo government in addressing the current challenges. DSC

Mr. Lluka was focused on the current situation in the energy sector, implementation of the national strategy on energy and the plans/challenges to meet the requirements for EU accession. In particular, students had the oppurtunity to learn about the government plans to build Kosovo C, based on coal, which is considered a controversial topic, especially from environmentalists.

He also talked about the 10-year energy strategy, which "sets the basic objectives of the Government of Kosovo for the development of the energy sector, taking into account sustainable economic development, environmental protection, sustainable and reliable energy supply for consumers, in order to avoid energy cuts, efficient energy use, the development of new and conventional renewable generation capacities, the creation of a competitive market and the creation of new jobs in the energy system."

The Kosovo Central Election Commission organized a simulation of the electoral process with RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) students

October 12, 2017

Stumulim

The Kosovo Central Election Commission officials organized a simulation of local elections for the purpose of informing and educating young voters, with a special focus on young voters. Around 90 freshmen students attended the simulation.

Upon opening this simulation exercise, RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) president Dr. Sharon Y. Hart addressed freshmen students by emphasizing the importance of voting. She advised students to look at alternatives so that through their votes they see how they can contribute to the future of Kosovo.  Among other things, she said, “One of the beauties of living in many places is the opportunity to vote. And, I believe that most of you are at the right age, 18 and above, and you have the possibility to see how you can contribute to Kosovo and its upcoming elections.”

Ms. Valdete Daka, head of the Central Election Commission, urged students to vote because, as she claimed, it is their right to choose the one who should lead their municipality. Among other things, she said, “You will be able to experience the process of voting through this simulation where you need to choose the ones you think are the best candidates to lead you.”

During this simulation, the freshmen students were given the chance to simulate a run for office as a candidate for Mayor or Municipal Assembly. They were also able to simulate a selection of polling station counselors and observers, run an election campaign, vote, count the votes, and announce the results.

This simulation was organized in cooperation with RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Student Government. A snapshot of the simulation can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfSOfqqW6wM

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