Saeima of the Republic of Latvia Praises Interpreters from Ventspils University College


Ventspils University College (VUC) has received praise for the students of the Faculty of Translation Studies (FTS). In 2013, Saeima initiated cooperation with VUC, by involving the students of VUC FTS in the implementation of an international grant programme, providing internship opportunities for two students from Germany. Every year since Saeima two student interns from the professional Bachelor study programme “Translation German-Latvian-Russian or English”.

During their internship, VUC students provide interpreting in language pairs – Latvian-German and German-Latvian – in various events at Saeima (plenary sessions, faction and commission sittings, bilateral meetings etc.) for the German students.

The specialists working in Saeima have expressed that the cooperation has been highly professional both from the side of the VUC management and students. Students have not only been able to provide quality interpreting, but also have been erudite and knowledgeable in the issues concerning the politics and society of Latvia. This has helped them to successfully and wholly interpret the sittings and meetings in Saeima.

Several VUC students and alumni have undergone internship in Saeima, and currently the Interparliamentary Relations Bureau employs two VUC alumni – Ivo Puzo and Viesturs Sīlis.

Photo: Ernests Dinka, Saeima Administration