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University Council updated on MPA and TRIP programs

Two Binghamton University programs with active community outreach com ponents were highlighted at the Nov. 19 meeting of the Binghamton University Council.

Council members were updated on the progress of the University’s Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program by their directors, Rosemary Arrojo and Thomas Sinclair, respectively. Each reported growth and solid community connections.

In the past year, Binghamton translation students undertook 121 translation projects in a wide range of languages, including Spanish, French, Vietnamese and Arabic. University students have worked as translators for area businesses, as well as police and hospitals, said Arrojo.

“The oral part of our translation service is increasing,” she said.

The program’s newly created doctoral program, the first of its kind in the nation, is already attracting new students.

“It’s a very small program. We have been able to fund three graduate students so far and we are hoping to fund four next fall as well as attract self-funded students,” she said, adding that the program does more than draw students to the University. “Our library resources for translation students is among the best in the world and that attracts visiting scholars.”

Binghamton’s MPA program also plays an active role in the community, as students work with local government agencies and non-profit organizations.

“There are a number of public administration masters programs in the state … but there isn’t a lot happening in the training of local government,” Sinclair said.

Binghamton’s program currently has about 85 students and Sinclair expects that number to increase to about 100 in the next five years. Students gain valuable experience working as interns in the community, and area governmental offices often become living labs for the students.

“A lot of our faculty do work with community government as a part of their coursework,” Sinclair said. “We find that it’s a great opportunity. Students take things much more seriously when they know their work will be looked at by government officials, not just their professors.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08