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GALA Announces 2017 Rising Star Winners

Two University Students Receive Free Passes to International Conference in Amsterdam

Tuesday, 31 January, 2017

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) today announced the two winners of its 2017 Rising Star Essay Contest: Sijing Yu, who recently received a Master’s degree in Translation and Localization Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), and Marion Hernandez, a Master's student in Translation Studies at the University of Geneva, a program within the European Master’s in Translation network.

Ms. Yu and Ms. Hernandez each receive a free registration to GALA’s 2017 Language of Business Conference in Amsterdam from 26-29 March and a US$ 1000 travel stipend.

GALA's conference is attended by hundreds of professionals from the language industry, including providers of language services, managers of global content, and language technology developers.  At the conference, the Rising Star students will have opportunities to network with industry companies from around the world and attend sessions on developments in translation and localization.

"University students are vital to the future success of our industry," said Laura Brandon, GALA’s Executive Director. "GALA is committed to helping build bridges between industry companies and training institutions to help prepare the next generation of language professionals.”

Contest participants wrote essays in response to the following statement: It's not just about language anymore. What traits are needed to be a successful language industry professional? The winning essays will be published on the GALA website at the beginning of March 2017.

Submissions were judged by the 2017 Rising Star Selection Committee. GALA would like to extend thanks to the committee for their efforts:
Anu Carnegie-Brown (Sandberg Translation Partners, UK), Miguel Sevener (BeatBabel, USA), Tetyana Struk (Linguistic Centre, Ukraine), and Serena Williams (Avantpage, USA).

The contest was open to localization, translation, and interpreting students worldwide. 35 students submitted essays from 30 different academic programs located in 18 different countries.

Submissions were received from the following academic programs:

  • Atilim University (Turkey)
  • Bangor University (Wales)
  • Brigham Young University (USA)
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary)
  • Heriot-Watt University (UK)
  • Ionian University (Greece)
  • Ivan Franko National University (Ukraine)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)
  • Kent State University (USA)
  • Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University (Ukraine)
  • Middlesex University (UK)
  • MIIS (USA)
  • Moldova State University (Moldova)
  • National University of Ostroh Academy (Ukraine)
  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (Guatemala)
  • Universidad EAN, Bogota (Colombia)
  • University College Cork (Ireland)
  • University College London (UK)
  • University of Alcalá (Spain)
  • University of East Anglia (UK)
  • University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
  • University of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • University of Innsbruck (Austria)
  • University of Leeds (UK)
  • University of Portsmouth (UK)
  • University of Strasbourg (France)
  • University of Surrey (UK)
  • University of Warsaw (Poland)
  • University of Washington (USA)
  • Yaşar University (Turkey)


About GALA

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is a global, non-profit trade association for the language industry. As a membership organization, GALA supports member companies and the language sector by creating communities, championing standards, sharing knowledge, and advancing technology.

About the Language of Business Conference

GALA conferences provide a candid, collaborative environment for the industry’s thought-leaders, innovators, and influencers to discuss opportunities and challenges facing our industry. GALA strives to provide a balanced mix of professional development and meaningful networking. GALA conferences are defined by an open, community feel that is conducive to knowledge-sharing and lively discussion. Learn more: www.gala-global.org/conference.