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Adoption of SDL TRADOS Certification within Leading Universities more than Doubles in Less than Thre

SDL plc

Monday, 8 December, 2008

Over 100 universities integrate SDL TRADOS Certification into their course curriculums to provide students with a competitive advantage in the translation industry

SDL Maidenhead, United Kingdom (December 8th 2008) - SDL, the leading provider of Global Information Management (GIM) solutions, today announced the increased adoption of its successful certification program. Since its official launch one year ago, over 100 academic institutions worldwide have integrated SDL TRADOS® Certification into their curriculums.

This significant uptake is due to world-leading universities wanting to provide their students with the best possible knowledge and expertise in the industry-leading Computer Aided Translation (CAT) tool.

Recognized as the established standard in the wider translation industry, SDL TRADOS Certification has quickly become a fundamental part of university course curriculums, with a growing number of universities dedicating entire modules to the academic program. Students are required to pass the SDL TRADOS Certification exam in order to pass their module, giving them the necessary knowledge and competitive advantage to be even more successful as they enter their chosen fields in the translation industry.

In addition to Imperial College in the United Kingdom, Kent State University in the United States and the University of Wuerzberg in Germany, some of the most recent universities to have integrated SDL TRADOS Certification into their courses include Ventspils University College in Latvia, University of Rennes II in France, and the South African North West School of Languages.

An increasing number of global corporations and Language Service Providers understand the importance and value of being SDL TRADOS Certified. Thomas H Hecht, Head of the Technology Group at Siemens AG affirms that, “By endorsing SDL TRADOS Certification as a preferred credential, we expect to increase localization production efficiency by ensuring translators are competent using the most up-to-date technology.”

“A few months ago we announced that 50 top-ranked Universities had integrated SDL TRADOS Certification into their core curriculum,” commented Keith Laska, Vice President of SDL TRADOS Technologies. “You can imagine our excitement in having the number of certified universities more than double in less than three months. This is a strong sign that thought-leading universities worldwide acknowledge the importance of SDL Trados and are preparing their students for real life within the industry by training them on the industry-standard translation tool, SDL Trados.”

SDL has significantly increased internal resources to manage the growth demand of the SDL TRADOS Certification program. Universities that are interested in offering certification can visit the official SDL university portal at http://www.translationzone.com/academic-portal.

About SDL
SDL is the leader in Global Information Management (GIM) solutions that empower organizations to accelerate the delivery of high-quality multilingual content to global markets. Its enterprise software and services integrate with existing business systems to manage the delivery of global information from authoring to publication and throughout the distributed translation supply chain.

Global industry leaders rely on SDL to provide enterprise software or hosted services for their GIM processes, including ABN-Amro, Best Western, Bosch, Canon, Chrysler, CNH, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Philips, SAP, Sony, SUN Microsystems and Virgin Atlantic.

SDL has implemented more than 500 enterprise GIM solutions, has deployed over 170,000 software licenses across the GIM ecosystem and provides access to on-demand translation portals for 10 million customers per month. Over 1,000 service professionals deliver consulting, implementation and language services through its global infrastructure of more than 50 offices in 30 countries. For more information, visit www.sdl.com

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