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Andrew Chesterman

Andrew Peter Clement Chesterman
Born October 6th 1946, London.

Doctor of Philosophy (Linguistics), University of Reading 1988
Master of Letters (Applied Linguistics), University of Edinburgh 1973
Bachelor of Arts (Modern Languages), University of Cambridge 1968

Professor of Multilingual Communication 2002–2010, University of Helsinki

Associate Professor of Translation Theory 1996–2000, University of Helsinki
Lecturer in English 1973–1996, University of Helsinki

Research interests:
Applied linguistics, contrastive analysis, translation theory, research methodology, memes in translation theory.

Recent publications, projects and other scientific activities

CETRA Professor 1999 (Catholic University of Leuven)
Executive Board member, European Society for Translation Studies (EST) 1998–2004.
Scientific Advisory Board member, Center of Translation Studies, University of Vienna (2007–2010)

Prizes and Awards
Knight of the Order of the White Rose, First Class 2008
Member of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters 2005–
International Teacher of the Year 2005, Helsinki University Student Union.
Honorary Doctorate 2001, Copenhagen Business School, 2001.
Teacher of the year” 2000, Helsinki University Vantaa Institute for Continuing Education.

Written by Andrew Chesterman (ed. Tomas Sjöblom)
Image: Andrew Chesterman.

My Dreams

My dream university would be one where the teacher-student ratio would be much better, i.e. more teachers per student, than the University of Helsinki has now. This I see as absolutely the key factor in raising the standard of teaching, research skills, communication skills, and intellectual activity in general.

I have also dreamed of a Rector whose first public announcement would be as follows: “I am pleased to say that for the next four years we are planning NO reforms or administrative changes of any kind. I trust this will allow staff and students to focus on their work in peace.”

The Benjamin memorial again: walking down to enlightenment? Photo: Maire Chesterman.​
The Benjamin memorial again: walking down to enlightenment? Photo: Maire Chesterman.​


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