Context and Comparison of Translation Programmes in China and the UK: Market Forces, Global Positions and Curriculum Content



At the crux of this book is this chapter, which recaps the contextual issues proposed in Chapter  1 and uses the findings from Chapters  3 and  4 to make in-depth comparisons. More specifically, Chapter 5 provides a thorough discussion of the impacts of neo-liberalism on HE systems in the UK (i.e. the internationalisation of the HE sector; excellence in research; the importance of employability) and China (e.g. the expansion of the Chinese HE sector; commercialisation, privatisation and diversification of the HE sector; HE as part of China’s wider development strategy), and also contrasts the analysis by placing both contexts within a ‘global system’. This chapter explores the direct result of the market forces: the tension between education (abstract knowledge) and training (concrete skills) in universities, and how this tension is interrelated with Translation Studies. In terms of the aspects of course aims, module content, ethos of teaching, and education resources, the final section of this chapter compares how differently the six translation programmes in the UK and China have reflected the ‘tension’ and responded to market forces.


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