ULiège inaugurales its new language training center
The University of Liège inaugurated its new language training centre on Tuesday 8 October at the former Institute of Anatomy recently renovated, and in an adjacent new compact and energy-efficient building. A total investment of 8 million euros, 5 million of which financed by a grant from the government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation given in 2014.
The site of the "rue de Pitteurs" in Outremeuse in Liège gathers the entire training pathways in Translation and Interpretation from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters as well as the Institute of Modern Languages (ISLV), the Confucius Institute (Chinese language, culture and society) and the Centre for Japanese Studies.
This new language training centre (twelve languages) is located in the former Institute of Anatomy entirely renovated and in a new compact and energy-efficient building, both buildings connected by an aerial glass walkway. Day and evening classes are now offered every day during the week, including Saturdays.
The renovation of the former Institute of Anatomy and the construction of the new building represent a total investment of €8 million, of which €5 million are financed by a grant given by the government of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in 2014.
The context of this project is a decree that promotes the integration of translator and interpreter studies at the University. Indeed, the Haute Ecole of the City of Liege with which ULiège had been organising this course of study in codiplomation since 2008, the school lost -at the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year - its conditional authorisation to organise these studies, in favour of ULiège. Since then, ULiège has been the only university to graduate students in this field, which nevertheless remains co-organised with the Haute École of the City of Liege.
These developments in the Translation and Interpretation training have given the opportunity to train on the « de Pitteurs » site where the Confucius Institute and the ULiège Centre for Japanese Studies were already located, an important centre dedicated to the learning of foreign languages and cultures. Another centre remains on the site 20-Août where the Language and Literature courses (modern, Romanesque, classical, oriental) are located, although some courses are given in the new facilities at "de Pitteurs » site.
- Translation and Interprétation field: German, English, Spanish, Dutch, Belgian French Sign Language
- ISLV: French as a foreign language, German, English, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian
- Confucius Centre: Chinese
- Centre for Japanese Studies: Japonese
Day and evening classes.
In 2019, the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology, launched - in evening classes -a certificate in legal knowledge for the translator and juror interpreter.
An energy-efficient building
The new building (L5) exceeds current standards for energy and environmental performance: LED lighting
- Photovoltaic panels
- Rainwater harvesting
- Efficient heating and ventilation control
- Insulation of facades
- Soft mobility: bicycle parking, showers
In the former Institute of Anatomy (L3):
- Replacement of the heating control system
- Chassis replacement
- Improvement of the thermal insulation of roofs
- Replacement of office and classroom lighting with LEDs
New classrooms and equipment adapted to interpretation studies
Net usable area of the new building: 1526 m2
- Cafeteria (80 seats)
- Study room (98 seats)
- 15 to 17 classrooms, from 10 to 30 places, two with 48 places, one with 70 places (for a virtual language laboratory project), two with more than 90 places (convertible into two smaller rooms), one of which has a fixed interpretation booth
In the former Institute of Anatomy:
- Fully renovated 270-seat amphitheatre
- 15 classrooms between 20 and 30 places, three of more than 40 places (following the transformation of the former dissection room)
- The remarkable Small Dissection Amphitheatre is preserved
- Two interpretation rooms (eight double cabins and four single cabins)
- A language laboratory adapted to the practice of sign language
- Offices of the staff of the Translation and Interpretation Department, the ISLV, the Confucius Centre and the Centre for Japanese Studies.