Since 1 October 2019, the Faculty of Languages was renamed as the Faculty of Humanities, and the current Faculty of Humanities, after its structural merging with the Faculty of Education, became the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences. The Faculty of Languages at the Nicolaus Copernicus University had been in operation since 1 September 1999 until 30 September 2019. It was established pursuant to the resolution of the NCU Senate of 26 January 1999 on the division of the Faculty of Humanities into two Faculties: of Languages and of Humanities. Therefore, the Faculty in fact returned to its original name. The Faculty of Humanities has been located in the historical building of Collegium Maius since the foundation of the Nicolaus Copernicus University.
The Faculty has been developing ever since. Since 1 October 2011, classes and duty hours of the academic staff at most language studies are held in the state-of-the-art building of Collegium Humanisticum at ul. Bojarskiego 1. Since 1 October 2019, the Faculty has been operating in a new structure and is divided into the Institute of Literary Studies, the Institute of Linguistics and the Institute of Culture Sciences (which also includes the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology). In 2019, the 20th anniversary of the Faculty of Languages was celebrated. An international conference Comparing e/migrations: Tradition – (Post) memory – Translingualism was organised and a book entitled Language Studies are individuals. The Faculty of Languages at the Nicolaus Copernicus University. 1999-2019 was published – these were the two events celebrating this anniversary.
Teaching and academic research units are active at the Faculty of Humanities. From the academic development point of view, the Centre for Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners is important as it has been teaching the Polish culture and language to a growing number of foreign students for the last twenty five years. Other academic research centres functionally related to the Faculty are the following: Centre for Language Evolution Studies, Centre for Kitab Studies, Laboratory for Research on Children and Young Adult Culture and Literature or the Laboratory for the Study of Collective Memory in Post-Communist Europe.
On 1 January 2020 the Nicolaus Copernicus University became a research university. The academics from the Faculty of Humanities have been involved in this concept from the very beginning by implementing various types of research and scientific projects, e.g. the Toruń Center of Excellence “Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments”.
The Faculty employs 189 academics, including 16 professors, 61 doctores habilitati and 112 academics with doctoral (81), master’s (30) and bachelor’s (1) degrees.
By decision of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Przemysław Nehring, the Mission of the Faculty of Languages, effective as of 12 March 2002, came into force as of 1 October 2019 and is valid until the end of 2020 for the Faculty of Humanities that continues the operation of the Faculty of Languages.
By decision of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Przemysław Nehring, the Strategy of the Faculty of Languages, effective as of 12 February2013, came into force as of 1 October 2019 and is valid until the end of 2020 for the Faculty of Humanities that continues the operation of the Faculty of Languages.
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