1. Offering a firm foundation for language proficiency and exposure to most recent issues
Aimed towards NCCU’s goal of internationalism and global competiveness, our courses concentrate on developing all the skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing and translating) within the Russian context. The other Slavic languages are well represented since our expansion as the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in August 2007. Undergraduate and graduate courses are provided either in Chinese or Russian using the latest learning resources. Students receive authentic feedback from native Russian instructors brought from the region to enhance their language competence. Besides language and literature, there are a wide variety of history, politics and culture classes, as well as practice-oriented courses, for those interested in current events related to the region.
2. Promoting research results by academic events and exchanges
As part of the NCCU Top University Project, the Department supports a wide array of academic events, including research groups, publications in internationally respected journals, regular international symposia, inspiring speeches by world-known scholars, academic exchanges and memorandums of understanding with top universities worldwide.
3. Encouraging learning resource sharing and innovation
The Department works closely with other units at NCCU by encouraging students to take courses in other fields and participate in the English Honors Program. Besides, multiple GE, minor and major courses, as well as the Program of Slavic Studies (Russian, Czech and Polish modules), are available within the Department to those interested in Slavic languages, literatures and cultures.
4. Expanding research and teaching interests
Russian is the most widely spoken language (by 300 million people or so) among the Slavic languages, and Russian literature has a far-reaching influence on the tradition and culture of Central and Eastern Europe. In this regard, the Department places strong emphasis on Russian language and literature and expands its interest to the Slavic world. In other words, one of the Department’s goals is to stretch its research interests from Russian language and literature to Slavic studies.
5. Establishing a respected research center and database
As part of an ongoing effort to promote research/teaching and facilitate partnerships with renowned institutions worldwide, the Department plans to establish a Center of Slavic Studies and Database of Slavic Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the forefront of the field in terms of scholarship.