The Mission of NCU’s Faculty of Languages

The document was adopted at the meeting of the Council of the Faculty of Languages on 12 March 2002.

As the Faculty of Languages is a part of the organisational structure of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, its mission is conformable with that adopted by the University’s Senate on 28 November 2000.

The Faculty of Languages implements its mission at a time when the gap between the humanist reflection on man and the world and the development of modern technological civilisation is widening, which results from the fact that the latter poses many threats to the basic values of the human family despite its evident contribution to the progress in exploring and transforming reality. Due to the above, the Faculty’s community feels responsible for the preservation and promotion of these values through performing its statutory tasks: conducting research into language studies and disseminating its results, teaching, and participating in various forms of academic, cultural, and social activity pursued at the University as well as in Toruń, Poland and all over the world.    

Due to Poland’s accession to the European Union and progressing globalisation, the Faculty’s mission addresses the challenges faced by the Humanities in general and language studies in particular.  

In this respect, the question of utmost importance is to find a balance between tradition and the challenges of the present as well as between the need to preserve national, regional and European identity, to respect cultural diversity and to remain open to non-European cultures. The Faculty’s priority is to significantly contribute to solving this immensely complex problem. In order to accomplish this goal, the Faculty must conduct research and disseminate research results. The Faculty must also be committed to teacher and student training, the latter of which should comprise all study cycles.

The Faculty of Languages conducts research into Polish, Classical, and modern European languages in terms of linguistics, literature, and culture which, together with the Classical heritage, constitute the foundation of modern European civilisation. The Faculty focuses on studying the major determinants of this civilisation and developing research into non-European cultures and languages.  

The Faculty of Languages offers third cycle (doctoral) programmes in literary studies and linguistics, first and second cycle programmes in Polish, Classical, and modern language studies as well as special programmes in Oriental languages and cultures. The Faculty’s mission includes efforts to launch new programmes of modern language studies pertaining to both European and non-European cultures and languages.

Extending the range of programmes and specialisations is of utmost importance to pursue the Faculty’s strategic objective. So is creating interdisciplinary and cultural studies-oriented programmes in many languages and producing graduates with comprehensive skills in languages and the Humanities. In order to achieve this goal, the Faculty offers instruction in the form of language courses, specialist studies as wells as post-graduate and third cycle programmes. The Faculty launches new study programmes addressed to foreign students, especially from the European Union, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia.

The Faculty is committed to offering highest quality education and cooperating with public and business institutions.

With respect to traditional media, such as the written and the spoken word, the Faculty uses electronic media for research and teaching and prepares students to use them creatively in the future.

The Faculty of Languages creates a system of education which provides students with expert knowledge and makes them sensitive to language and cultural national traditions, aware of their European roots as well as respectful and open towards cultural diversity. The Faculty is devoted to devising a system that will be conducive to training people who will focus on their intellectual development and be able to think independently, critically, and creatively.

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