Department of East Asian Studies, Bratislava Citation:
Department of East Asian Studies forms a part of the Faculty of Philosophy, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. It is the only department with Chinese Studies program and Japanese Studies program in Slovakia. The department was officially established in 1994 as Department of Languages and Cultures of the Countries of East Asia. However, already in 1986 for the first time Japanese studies and subsequently in 1988 Chinese studies were established at the Comenius University. At that time these two programs were – due to administrative reasons – part of the Department of English and American Studies. In June 2008, the Academic Senate of the Faculty of Arts approved the change of the name of our department. The current name, Department of East Asian Studies, better reflects the pedagogic and research focus of the department, which is an interdisciplinary approach to China and Japan respectively.
The Department has two sections, namely Chinese studies and Japanese studies. Starting from 2011 The B.A. program Japanese Studies will accept students every odd year (2011, 2013,…) while the B.A. program Chinese Studies will start every even year (2012, 2014, …). With the support of Korea Foundation a Korean language lectorate was established at our department in February 2009. The Korean language and related courses were taught by the Korean visiting professor Dr. Kim Myungshin.
The head of the department is Assoc. Prof. Martin Slobodník, PhD. In the Chinese studies section of the department the staff includes two professors (Prof. Jana Benická, PhD.; Prof. Dr. Raoul David Findeisen), one associate professor (Assoc. Prof. Martin Slobodník, PhD.), one assistant professor (Ľuboš Gajdoš, PhD.), one one Chinese lector (Lin Yun, M.A.). There are five teachers in the Japanese section: four assistant professors (Viktória Marková, PhD.; Ľubica Mičková, PhD.; Štefan Pecho, PhD.; Jana Šoucová, PhD.) and one Japanese lector (Minako Vlček, B.A.).
Currently (autumn 2009), there are 45 students at the B.A. level of the Chinese studies program and 18 students at the M.A. level. We have 46 students at the B.A. level and 16 students at the M.A. level of the Japanese studies program. The curriculum is divided into two parts: four years for the B.A. level and two years for the M.A. level. In September 2010 first six PhD. students have been enrolled in the program East Asian Studies.
The department is cooperating with other academic institutions with similar focus in the European Union within the ERASMUS and CEEPUS networks. This cooperation enables the student to spend a semester abroad (Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland). Besides students’ mobility, these cooperation networks give us the opportunity to invite visiting professors to our department. Thanks to the agreement between the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and its counterpart in the People’s Republic of China, students of the Chinese studies have the opportunity to spend one year of their studies at a Chinese university studying Chinese language and culture. The student exchange with Japanese universities is supported by university-level contracts with the Waseda University and the Shizuoka University and a faculty-level contract with the Ferris University in Yokohama. It enables the best students to study in Japan.
The Department holds library holdings related to Japanese studies and Chinese studies, with a small number of Korean studies books. Besides books in Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) languages the library holdings include academic literature in Western languages (English, German, French, Slovak, Czech, Russian).
Since 2002 the Department of East Asian Studies has launched the publication of the academic journal Studia Orientalia Slovaca which is a multidisciplinary journal which focuses on various fields of Asian studies. The journal is published once a year with contributions in Slovak, Czech and English languages (with an English summary). The editors of the journal want to expand the number of English language contributions.http://www.fphil.uniba.sk/index.php?id=4677 more Language: chi Chinese, jpn Japanese, slo Slovak