EUD Seminar in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
On the 2nd of December, Markku Jokinen, President of EUD, traveled to Louvain-la-Neuve to give a lecture conference which took place at the premises of the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain). This event, "Art of Tandem", was organized by UCLouvain in collaboration with EUD to mark the first graduation of master degree's students in the field of translation and interpretation in sign language.
During this event, President Jokinen presented his professional background and the strategies put in place to preserve the position he currently holds as EUD's president as well as stressing the importance of representing the deaf community within international institutions. Adequate representation also requires that the resulting relationship dynamic work between a deaf person and an interpreter—hence the importance of collaboration between deaf people and sign language interpreters.
During this event, Ms. Hulin and Ms. Gerday unveiled the background of the master's degree in interpretation as well as the testimonials of the students' study background in interpretation and translation. The event ended with a question and answer session followed by a toast to friendship.
EUD believes it is important to fulfill its missions at the European level while not forgetting to make itself available at all levels to support local, regional initiatives. EUD hopes to continue its work of bringing the sign language community together across Europe.