General Information

The Department of Hellenic Studies trains Bachelors, Specialists and Masters in speciality “Modern Greek Language, Literature and Translation”, its academic staff comprising one Professor, two Associate Professors and three Assistant Professors. They teach Modern Greek at the Institute of Philology and the Institute of Journalism. Apart from Modern Greek, the students of the Department study English as the second foreign language. Greek language knowledge level for Bachelors is required to correspond to “Πιστοποίηση Ελληνομάθειας: Επίπεδο Γ”, while for Masters it is “Πιστοποίηση Ελληνομάθειας: Επίπεδο Δ”.
Within the framework of the programme “European Languages in the Context of Globalization Processes” the members of the Department focus on issues in Greek-Ukrainian Interlingual Relations, particularly on Comparative Studies of the Greek and the Ukrainian Languages, Studies in Functional and Structural Grammar of the Greek Language (Professor N. F. Klymenko, Assistant Professor O. O. Tyshchenko), Translation Studies, Linguocultural Studies as well as Studies on Textology (Associate Professors S. Ye. Perepliotchykova, A. O. Savenko, Assistant Professor A. A. Stolyarova).
The members of the Department annually participate in the activities of the section “Hellenic Studies: Grammar and Translation” at international conferences at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University.
Since the time of its foundation the Department of Hellenic Studies has organized a number of international conferences: “Greek Orthodoxy in Ukraine” (Kyiv, 2000); “From the 20th into the 21st Century” (in commemoration of Professor Andrii Biletsky’s 90th anniversary) (Kyiv, 2001); “Languages and Cultures of New Europe: Contacts and Originality” (Kyiv, 2009), “Professor A. Biletsky’s Scientific Legacy within Modern Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: to his 100th birthday” (Kyiv, 2011) as well as the International Symposium “Nikos Kazantzakis and Ukraine” (Kyiv, 2003).
The members of the Department of Hellenic Studies have published the first in both Greek and Ukrainian lexicography “Greek-Ukrainian Dictionary”, “Ukrainian-Greek Dictionary”, a number of terminological dictionaries, textbooks (including Manolis Triandaphyllidis’ “Concise Modern Greek Grammar” in Ukrainian translation), educational materials, anthologies of Modern Greek literature in Ukrainian renderings as well as a series of literary and scientific works by Greek authors.
Apart from the Department of Hellenic Studies there exists Andrii Biletsky Centre for the Promotion of the Greek Language and Culture. Its activities include regular seminars on Modern Greek literary translation, lectures and seminars of the Greek Language Club, the classes of Greek folk dance. Every year Andrii Biletsky Centre invites native speakers of Greek who deliver lectures on topical culture-related issues, while the students of the Department organize presentations, film demonstrations etc.
University graduates are welcome to do their post-graduate studies (to obtain the Candidate of Sciences Degree in Philology) at the Department of Hellenic Studies. Specialized fields of research include: 10.02.14 – Classical Languages. Individual Indo-European Languages; 10.02.16 – Translation Studies. Since the Department of Hellenic Studies was formed in 1999 a number of its graduates have successfully defended their theses for the Candidate of Sciences Degree in Philology, among them the staff members S. Ye. Perepliotchykova, A. O. Savenko, A. A. Stolyarova, T. V. Liubchenko, O. O. Tyshchenko as well as post-graduate students O. A. Moysiyenko, Z. V. Pavlovska and Yu. B. Kutna.
The Department of Hellenic Studies also helps other higher educational establishments of Ukraine to train high-rank specialists in Hellenic Studies through full-time and part-time post-graduate studies, among which are Lviv National Ivan Franko University, Mariupol State University, Tavrida National V. I. Vernadsky University, Melitopol Pedagogical University and Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics.
The Department of Hellenic Studies cooperates with the Academy of Sciences of Athens, with the Universities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras and Crete. Cooperation with leading foreign scientific centres promoting Hellenic Studies has also been established. These are Lomonosov Moscow State University, Tbilisi State University, the University of Cambridge, the Free University of Berlin, the University of Malaga, the University of Bucharest and the International University of Sophia.
Students who study Modern Greek at Kyiv National University annually participate in summer language study programmes in Greece. Post-graduate students writing their theses for the Candidate of Sciences Degree in Philology are trained at the Universities of Athens and Thessaloniki.
Students of the Department of Hellenic Studies also take part in All-Ukrainian Modern Greek Language Olympiads and win the highest awards.
There are a lot of outstanding personalities among the Hellenists who received higher education at Kyiv National University: N. F. Klymenko – Correspondent Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Sciences in Philology, Professor of the Department of Hellenic Studies; O. D. Ponomariv – Academician of the Academy of Higher Education of Ukraine, Professor of the Department of Language and Stylistics at the Institute of Journalism; Dr. V. A. Shkurov – Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the Hellenic Republic; Associate Professors G. G. Krombet, V. V. Mishchuk, Ye. K. Chernukhin, V. G. Sokoliuk – philologists and historians of Ukrainian and Russian higher educational establishments; A. M. Cherdakli and V. I. Stepanenko – translators and members of the National Writers’ Union of Ukraine.

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