Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

MIIS Student Wins Interpreting Competition in England

Chung Kuan Chen

Chung-kuan Chen (MACI ’14) holds his first prize trophy, with Professor Wallace Chen.

September 16, 2013

Congratulations to Chung-kuan (John) Chen (MACI ’14) who won first prize at the 2013 Televic Chinese-English Simultaneous Interpreting Competition held at Newcastle University in England in September. This first competition of its kind featured a series of keynote speeches in a simulated conference with English and Mandarin Chinese as the working languages.

A total of 21 contestants from nine Translation & Interpretation programs in the U.K., Taiwan, and the U.S. participated in the competition. John made it through a series of contests with unmatched skills and professionalism. Mr. Nöel Muylle, honorary director general of the European Commission and convener of the competition called John “a pearl of the game.”

Professor Wallace Chen was invited to serve on the panel of judges at the competition. He says John's performance in the competition drew attention to the “superb training we offer at the Monterey Institute,” adding that this was a “day of pride for the Chinese Translation and Interpretation program, GSTILE and the Monterey Institute.”