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OAS and Monterey Institute of International Studies Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Interpreters

  March 8, 2011

The Organization of American States (OAS), in the person of its Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, in the person of its President, Sunder Ramaswamy, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the terms for mutual cooperation in the training of the Institute’s graduating students and recent alumni so they may qualify to join the Organization’s freelance pool of conference interpreters.

The document was signed in the office of Assistant Secretary General Ramdin at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC. Ambassador Ramdin stressed the importance to the OAS of collaborating with the Monterey Institute, located in California, to “strengthen our capacity to provide translation and interpreting services but also to build the quality of those services.” “I am sure we will benefit from collaboration with your Institute, but I see broader opportunities with your institution in terms of internships of students in other areas coming to see what this Organization has to offer,” Ambassador Ramdin concluded.

Sunder Ramaswamy, for his part, said one of his goals as President of the Monterey Institute is to expand its students’ opportunities to include “not just translation and interpretation but other very critical areas the world needs.” He added that to pursue this initiative with the OAS “will allow us to have a bigger impact not just in Washington but also in the entire continent.”

Among other things, the agreement stipulates that the hemispheric Organization will provide Monterey Institute graduating students and recent alumni a three- to four-month part-time interpretation training experience at its headquarters in Washington, DC, collaborating closely with the Institute itself in choosing a competitive pool of applicants with the required language combinations.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-558/11