An impressive 98 RMIT interpreting students have been honoured with scholarships to help meet the demand for trained interpreters in Victoria.
The Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC), granted scholarships of up to $3500 to high-achieving RMIT students enrolled in Diploma of Interpreting and Advanced Diploma of Interpreting programs.
These scholarships will support students with their studies by assisting with their tuition and transport fees.
Interpreters are urgently needed to provide immigrants and those who aren’t fluent in English with access to essential services such as health and education.
There are over 260 languages currently spoken in Victoria, and this is estimated to increase due to migration and globalisation.
Advanced Diploma of Interpreting student Nandakumar Ramalingam moved into the program after studying his Diploma of Interpreting in Tamil – a language spoken by around 70 million people living across Asia.
This is the second year running that he has been awarded the scholarship.
“This scholarship has significantly lightened my financial burden and allowed me to focus on my studies,” Ramalingam said.
“This RMIT qualification, together with the NAATI accreditation, will consolidate my position in the interpreting industry.”
NAATI is an internationally recognised organisation that maintains high national standards in translating and interpreting.
Both RMIT’s Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs are approved by NAATI, and run for six months when studied full-time.
“Classes are extremely interesting – I’ve experienced meeting a rich mix of both mature age and younger students who possess different life and employment experience,” Ramalingam said.
“I feel extremely grateful to be able to learn from teaching staff who are all leading interpreters in the industry.”
RMIT’s partnership with OMAC was established in 2002 and strives to assist students studying interpreting in new and emerging languages.
Story: Jordan Di Stefano