The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages
Moscow State Linguistic University

Visit to the Office of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Moscow

On September 3, students of the Program for the Training of Interpreters for International Organizations (MSLU), accompanied by Head of the Programme Irina Shokina and curators Varvara Kozlova and Daria Toidze met with office management and translators of the Moscow office of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), namely Oleg Kobyakov, Director of the FAO Office for Liaison with the Russian Federation, Aleksandr Poddubny, a FAO staff interpreter (graduate of the M. Torez Moscow State Pedagogical Institute), and other staff.

Colleagues enlightened our students interesting and little-known features of working in the UN system, the organizational structure of FAO, the role of interpreters, the procedure for the translator's interaction with the rest of the system and the nuances of translation in the context of FAO. They showed the guests the software that most FAO translators work with, explained the main functions of the program and highlighted other technical details.

The meeting was the first experience of interaction between MSLU and FAO (UN). It is planned to conclude a cooperation agreement, which will allow our students to undergo practical training at the FAO office in Moscow.

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