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German to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences
German term or phrase:Promotor
This is a specific Austrian term. A "Promotor" is a person who hands the actual diploma and administers the university vow to university graduates at the graduating ceremony.
Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.
Explanation: This is a word of Latin origin, and as such widely present in the academic language of various language communities.
Here is only one of the numerous hits found on Google (promotor+graduation+ceremony):
"For each study for the doctorate, the Doctorate Board shall appoint a professor of a university as promotor. The doctorate graduation ceremony is held before this Board or a committee to be appointed by the Board, comprising professors and other persons whom are judged to possess sufficient ability to sit on the committee, with due regard for the doctoral regulations referred to in article 7.19."
Vesna Zivcic Local time: 08:40 Native speaker of: Croatian PRO pts in pair: 571
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition, 2000:
1. One that promotes, especially an active supporter or advocate.
2. A financial and publicity organizer, as of a boxing match or an artistic performance.
Merriam Webster Dictionary
1 : one that promotes; especially : one who assumes the financial responsibilities of a sporting event (as a boxing match) including contracting with the principals, renting the site,
and collecting gate receipts
Explanation: In England (Oxford) the diplomas are delivered by the Vice Chancellor. In the States it is done by Presidents(Rectors). NO MENTION OF PROMOTORS AT US&UK universities´ web pages. There is no mention of the word in the big Webster´s Unabridged Dictionary!!!
Here are some aditional sources I wouldn´t rely on:
I hit several Dutch-to-English translated web sites that mention it but than it means a member of the examination Committee for PhD and a tutor/superviser of an PhD student.
Swedish-to-English translated protocols of Swedish universities give the same meaning as in German.
Unfortunately it seems that there is no direct and elegant translation of the term. The choice is yours.
I whish a could have helped.
Davorka Grgic Local time: 08:40 Native speaker of: Croatian, Spanish PRO pts in pair: 63