March 18, 2016
Those present had an opportunity to take part in the discussion “Language as a Means of Conflict Resolution”
On March 18, 2016, Karazin University held a meeting of its students with the representative of the OSCE special monitoring mission (SMM) to Ukraine, Alessandro Nanni.
Mr. Nanni outlined the OSCE development stages, objectives and structure, as well as told those present in detail about the SMM’s work in Ukraine. “Our mission is directed at promoting tension softening, establishment of peace, stability and security. We are cooperating with the authorities at all levels, civil society, ethnic and religious groups, and local communities. Our aim is to assist in facilitating the dialogue at the local level. And this dialogue ought to begin with the young generation,” pointed out the Mission’s representative.
After Mr. Nanni’s speech, anyone from those present had an opportunity to take part in the discussion “Language as a Means of Conflict Resolution.” The Head of the Department of English Translation Theory and Practice, Oleksandr Rebrii, emphasized that it was not by coincidence that the School of Foreign Languages had chosen the topic, “Most participants of our meeting are students of the School of Foreign Languages. So, it is interesting for us to consider primarily the philological constituent of the problems Ukrainian society is facing today, and to understand the role of the language in conflict resolution.”
In their questions and statements, students, particularly discussed the role of mass media in local disputes and work of interpreters, whose value in today's conflict society is becoming more significant. Students found it interesting to learn that according to the OSCE terminology, interpreters are called “language assistants” emphasizing thereby the importance of their contribution.
The Italian guest expressed his gratitude to the University Administration and the School for organizing the meeting and separately emphasized a high level of students’ language training, their openness and sociability.