The Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication was established on 7th June, 2011 as a subdivision of Northern Arctic Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov by Rector E.V.Kudryashova’s order No. 324.
The Institute’s strategic mission is to promote sustainable innovative development of educational and research work in the fields of Philology, Linguodidactics for Professional Purposes and Intercultural Communication to meet economic, social and cultural needs of subarctic areas of Russia and other subarctic countries.
The Institute has two key areas of activity:
The first focus is on teaching foreign languages to all NArFU students. Speaking fluent business English is almost a must for the Federal University graduates. Many of NArFU goals – one of which is training qualified staff for the Arctic region – cannot be accomplished unless this major issue is addressed.
The second focus is on promoting philological (Slavonic languages and literature) and linguistic (foreign languages) education. In doing so, the goal is to build on what was already accomplished in each department before the merger into what now is a newly-formed Institute and open up opportunities for new challenging ideas and projects. This is true for both education and research. Examples of new applied research are numerous: these are projects in juridical linguistics, political linguistics, computer linguodidactics, and integrative translation studies, to name just a few.
Educational and research work of the Institute is promising and indispensible, which is amply verified and supported by the following statements:
- Language is the highest value of any nation and reflects the nation’s worldview which is the very reason why philology and linguistics lay educational and cultural ground for growth and development in any occupational and professional environment.
- New interdisciplinary directions of philological study (psycholinguistics, pragmalinguistics, cognitive linguistics, sociolinguistics, forensic linguistics and juridical linguistics, mathematical linguistics, emotive linguistics and many others) are the flagships of global science and research delivering new knowledge to the 21-century Information Society.
- In the world of today speaking a foreign language is an essential prerequisite for effective professional cooperation in global economic, educational and cultural dimensions. Multilingualism and multicultural identity have been named a priority in European society of tomorrow – a goal which cannot be accomplished without acquisition of foreign languages and fundamentals of intercultural communication.
Currently the Institute offers Bachelor and in Philology (Teaching Philological Disciplines), Linguistics (Translation and Translation studies; Theory and Practice of Intercultural Communication; Theory and Methods of Foreign Languages Teaching), and Pedagogical Education (Russian Language and Literature, Foreign Language).
There are 5 programs at Master level, including Folklore Studies, The Russian Language, Slavonic Philology, Intercultural Communication in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region, Foreign Language Teaching Methods. We also offer seven postgraduate programs. Students can enroll for full-time learning, part time evening learning and distance learning.
The Institute incorporates 11 departments, several linguistic centers, lecturers’ offices (DAAD administrator office, Norwegian lecturer office), research and educational centers, research laboratories. Faculty amounts to 200 members (14 Ph.D.'s/Professors and 86 Ph.D.’s/Associate Professors), including lecturers from the USA, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, and Poland.