On Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, 2022, the Faculty of Languages and Translation at Pharos University has held a 2-day international conference in partnership with Trinity College, Dublin University entitled “Translation and Teaching: Challenges and Perspectives”. It was held at the Mohamed Ragab Conference Hall and the parallel sessions took place in the faculty classrooms. The opening session of the conference was introduced by Prof. Sahar Hamouda, Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Translation, Prof. Lorna Carson, Dean, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland and Dr. Mohamed Ragab, Secretary General of Pharos University.

The keynote speakers were worldwide recognized scholars and experts who delivered talks on multiple aspects of teaching and translation, and presented the challenges modern academia and schools face, as well as innovative ways to approach them. They included Lorna Carson (Dublin University), Mustafa Riad (Ain Shams University), Hossam Attia (American University in Cairo), Bahaa-eddin Mazid (Sohag University), Nadia Touba (Pharos University) and Medhat Mahmoud (senior ICT and Digital Transformation expert, and core member in Huawei’s global Digital Transformation Office), who brought in the perspective of harnessing Artificial Intelligence to education). The variety of institutions and specializations reflected the diversity of topics addressed and areas of expertise represented.

Parallel sessions were equally stimulating. Participants ranged from PhD holders and graduate students to schoolteachers who shared their experiences and research on both school and tertiary levels. The incorporation of technology and innovative learning strategies was a prominent aspect, as well as contemporary concerns such as Covid-19.

The English Department at Pharos University is proud to have organized the first international academic conference ever in Alexandria in these specializations. Attendees from Trinity College Dublin (virtual) and from all around Egypt numbered 140. They benefitted hugely from the scholarly research, debates and practical applications in Translation and in Teaching, whether related to schools or universities, that were the subject of the two-day conference. Moreover, they had a wonderful opportunity of meeting and networking with experts in their fields, laying the groundwork for further collaboration and mutual benefit. Present also were the sponsors of the conference including Capital Professional Development, American Council Egypt, IDP, and ECL Cambridge. The Faculty of Languages and Translation is confident that it has established a precedent that will attract more participants and specialists in the years to come.

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