Eumasli has three partners: University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal (Germany), Humak University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland)

EUMASLI teaching staff sitting on a counter in one row facing the camera.
Jens Heßmann, Myriam Vermeerbergen, Svenja Wurm, Graham Turner, Robyn Dean, Rachel Rosenstock, Jemina Napier, and Liisa Halkosaari during block seminar in Finland 2018.

University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal

Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences was founded after the German unification in 1992. It has seven departments at two locations with a teaching staff of about 160 professors and lecturers that offer degree programmes to about 6,500 students.

Undergraduate training of sign language interpreters has taken place in the Department of Social Studies and Public Health since 1997. The sign language interpreting unit has a staff of two professors, one sign language interpreting trainer and three deaf sign language lecturers. It entertains close links with regional and national organizations of the deaf as well as professional associations of sign language interpreters.

The current BA programme in sign language interpreting was introduced in October 2005 and has an intake of 16 students per year. The programme has been formally accredited.

Humak University of Applied Sciences

Humak University of Applied Sciences (Humak), founded in 1998, is an expert and a leading educator in the humanities and pedagogy as well as cultural management in the whole of Finland. It operates nationwide in a network of 7 educational units within four study programmes: Sign Language Interpreting, Cultural Management and Civic and Youth Work.

There are some 1,400 students at Humak and the number of personnel is about 120. Sign language interpreting training at Humak goes back to 1983 and consists of a four-year Bachelor programme (240 ECTS). All study programmes offered by Humak are made up of the university’s basic studies, programme specific basic studies, major studies, projects, work placements and final theses.

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University has been offering undergraduate training of sign language interpreters since 1996, in association with a much wider range of translation and interpreting courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels which have been established for over 40 years.

The Languages & Intercultural Studies department has recently been further strengthened with the appointment of four new Professors, all leading figures at the global level, and is entering a phase of intensification of its research, policy support and knowledge exchange activities.

The department’s Centre for Translation & Interpreting Studies in Scotland works closely with industry and community bodies such as the Scottish Association for Sign Language Interpreters and the British Deaf Association, as well as public authorities, particularly in the legal and medical spheres. The department has been a long-term active participant in the development of the profession UK-wide within initiatives co-ordinated by Signature, the Scottish Council on Deafness and other key bodies.

See more information in the EUMASLI Handbook.

In 2023 Study Directors from three universities are Prof. Dr. Okan Kubus (Magdeburg-Stendal), Senior lecturer Liisa Halkosaari (Humak) and Prof. Dr. Jemina Napier (Heriot-Watt).