Press Release 25 Sep 2018

Seven Singaporean Translation Practitioners Awarded the Inaugural Translation Talent Development Scheme Co-Sponsorship Grant

The National Translation Committee (NTC) today awarded the inaugural Translation Talent Development Scheme (TTDS) co-sponsorship grant to seven Singaporean translation practitioners. Launched in January 2018, the TTDS is in line with the broader SkillsFuture national movement; this grant furthers NTC’s efforts to support local practitioners deepen their translation capabilities and nurtures translation talents whom will be important to Singapore’s translation industry.  

2            Translation is important in multi-lingual and multi-racial Singapore, helping to bridge and bring communities together, ensuring the harmonious relation that exist between communities. With their rich experience in the translation and interpretation industry, the inaugural TTDS co-sponsorship grant recipients are endorsed as NTC Ambassadors for a one-year period between 30 September 2018 and 29 September 2019 so they can contribute and share their translation and interpretation expertise with diverse community stakeholders, at NTC’s Community-in-Translation events.

3            The seven recipients for the inaugural TTDS co-sponsorship grant include:  

  • Mdm Chew Lee Cheng, a full-time freelance translator and interpreter

  • Mr Huang Hanlei Clement, a freelance translator

  • Mr J Karunanithi S/O Jeevanantham, works at a local Tamil newspaper

  • Mr Lee Wei Liang, audio-visual translator

  • Ms Lim Wen Xin, full-time freelance translator, translation lecturer, instructor, and course developer.

  • Ms Lim Xiangyun, freelance literary translator

  • Mr Yuen Kum Cheong, runs his own translation and interpretation business

The recipients are active contributors to the translation and interpretation industry; with demonstrated deep knowledge and strong commitment towards their skill development and improvement of the industry.

4            They will be attending a variety of programmes under the grant, ranging from conferences to Master’s degree courses at renowned local and overseas institutions such as the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore University of Social Sciences and Monash University. The TTDS grant will help these practitioners offset 90% of cost incurred, up to a cap of $10,000.  

5            The NTC received applications from a good mix of applicants, aged between 26 and 67 years old, including business owners who are practicing freelance translators and interpreters who aspire to upgrade their skills and contribute to the industry.