TecCOMFrame: Building bridges between technical communication and translation studies through a prototype specialisation curriculum

Yvonne Cleary 1 , Jan Engberg 2 , Joyce Karreman 3 , Birgitta Meex 4 , Sissi Closs 5 , Zygmunt Drazek 6 , Voichita Ghenghea 7 , Patricia Minacori 8 , Julia Müller 9  and Daniela Straub 10
  • 1 University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  • 2 University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 3 University of Twente, Twente, Netherlands
  • 4 KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • 5 Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 6 University of Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland
  • 7 University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
  • 8 University Paris Diderot, Paris, France
  • 9 tekom Europe, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 10 tekom Europe, Stuttgart, Germany
Yvonne Cleary, Jan Engberg, Joyce Karreman, Birgitta Meex, Sissi Closs, Zygmunt Drazek, Voichita Ghenghea, Patricia Minacori, Julia Müller and Daniela Straub


Technical communication is a new field of work compared to other professions, and therefore it does not have a standardised curriculum. In Europe, many technical communicators do not have qualifications in the area. TecCOMFrame, a project funded by the European Union, aims to develop an academic competence framework and higher education prototype curricula at various levels that correspond to the European Framework of Qualifications. The project team has developed the competence framework, comprising six dimensions and 22 subjects. The team is currently developing prototype curricula, including one curriculum which is a focus of this paper, a specialisation stream in technical communication in a Master’s in Translation Studies.

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