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By Tang Yuankai TRANSLATION education and theoretical research are active areas in China, bringing about breakthroughs in the development of translation as an academic discipline. During 2005 and 2006, China’s translation education system was gradually established and improved.

With approval from the Ministry of Education, Shanghai International Studies University set up an independent translation degree program in 2005, and started to enroll master’s and Ph.D candidates of translation. In 2006, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies was approved to set up independent doctoral and master’s degree programs in translation. In March 2006, the Ministry of Education gave permission to universities to set up bachelor’s degree programs in translation. As part of the pilot program, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Fudan University and Hebei Normal University started to enroll undergraduate students of translation. By then, the educational system for translation was complete with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. In some sense, this marked a milestone in translation education. In the meantime, almost all the Ph.D degree programs in foreign language studies began to enroll students majoring in translation. Hence, translation became the fastest growing major among foreign language study programs. Moreover, by the end of 2006, the Office of Academic Degrees of the State Council set up the Master of Translation and Interpreting (MTI) Experts Commission and officially launched a pilot master of translation and interpreting program in 2007.

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