Department of Chinese, Korean and Japanese Philology

Head - І.P. Bondarenko, doctor of philological sciences, professor
Phone Numbers - 235-22-51; 22-51
Room - 8

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Chinese, Korean and Japanese philology Department is one of the youngest departments of the Institute of Philology. It is also one of the biggest in staff and students number. The department was founded by approval of the Academic Council of the Kyiv National University named by Taras Shevchenko in 2004, July 1st. It combines three sections, whose teachers and lecturers are highly qualified and experienced in teaching the three most spread languages and literatures of the Far East Region. However, teaching Chinese, Korean and Japanese languages in the KNU was started in 1995 after creating the Department of Oriental Studies headed by the professors Grytsyk L.V. and Khalymonenko G.I. This is the reason why the KNU is the main centre of training highly qualified orientalists in Ukraine. The Department teaching staff mainly graduated from the KNU and the Institute of Philology consists of 38 teachers, including 2 Ph.D. professors, 5 assistant professors, 10 Candidates of science, and 10 teachers from abroad. They persistently work at the studying process improving, learning programs optimization and introducing the most efficient teaching methods according to last achievements in the world contemporary oriental studies. The majority of staff took long-term advanced studies in the leading educational establishments of the Far East.

There are 15 post-graduate students and researchers in the Department, who work at their theses in oriental languages and literatures. Annual average number of post-graduate students of the Department is 3-4 persons.

The Department is headed by the Ph.D. professor Bondarenko I.P. from the day of its founding.

As the staff of the Department maintains academic relations with a lot of China, Korea and Japan universities, teachers and post-graduate students have the opportunity to participate in various scientific conferences and be engaged in team-work scientific researches, whose results are regularly published in the scientific bulletin of the KNU “Oriental Languages and Literatures”. Due to the KNU academic cooperation with China, Korea and Japan educational establishments, annually 20 to 25 excellent students of the Department are given the possibility to take advanced classes and participate in long-term programs of the leading Far East universities.

During recent years, there is “Chinese Language and Literature Centre” functioning in close cooperation with the Department. Here the unique library of oriental Chinese-language resources is gathered. In 2006, the two centers of Korean and Japanese studies were opened within the Department. More over, the Department is supported and encouraged by the embassies and public educational and commercial organizations in the Far East countries. For example, in 2005 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan granted 430 000 USD for purchasing special equipment for two language laboratories and computer and multimedia centers. The Mitsubishi Corporation (Japan) gave a three-year 175 000 USD grant for organizing additional Japanese classes for students within the Japanese studies centre.

The Department staff efficiently works at creating modern scientific and methodological basis for oriental studies in Ukraine. Due to their efforts first dictionaries of oriental languages, text-books and manuals were compiled and published. For example: Japanese-Ukrainian Ukrainian-Japanese Dictionary, Ukrainian-Japanese Dictionary, Japanese-Ukrainian pocket dictionary, Korean Language: Text-book, Main periods of Chinese written texts development: learning and methodological instructions, Practical Chinese Grammar, Conditional Constructions in Japanese Language, Detailed bibliographic directory “China, Korea, Japan”, etc.

It is important that double language dictionaries compiled by the Ukrainian scientists are widely used not only in Ukraine, but also in higher educational establishments in Japan, where local students learn Ukrainian.

The Department is especially proud of the talented interpreters who gave birth to incredible fictional translators, such as the Korean language translations of Taras Shevchenko poetry “T.G. Shevchenko. Selected poems” (1998), “Kobzar” (1998), “Gaidamaky” (2003) by the Candidate of Sciences, assistant professor Kim Suk Wong; Ukrainian translations of ancient Chinese poetry by by the Candidate of Sciences Jaroslava Shekera, published in several poetry collections such as “Tang Heavens” (2004); Ukrainian translations of classic Japanese haiku, tanka and renga presented by professor Ivan Bondarenko in his “Anthology of Classic Japanese Poetry. Tanka. Renga. VIII – XV century” (2004), “Old and New Japanese Songs Collection” (Kokin – waka – xu) (2006) etc.

Main directions of the Department scientific work are comparative linguistic research, translation theory and practice, linguistic pragmatics, learning and historical lexicography, ethnic linguistics, intercultural communication, teaching methods of oriental languages, and linguistic and literature connections between the Far East countries and Ukraine. As a result of its scientific activity the Department can present its teaching staff’s numerous scientific articles and essays done by the leading teachers: professor assistants Kim Suk Wong, K.J. Komisarov, N.A. Kirnosova, N.S. Isaeva; Candidates of Sciences O.V. Asadchykh, A.O. Bukrienko, J,V. Shekera; assistants O.M. Goncharenko, M.O. Ivakhnenko, O.S. Kindzhibala, O.P. Kozoriz, N.V. Kolomiets, S.O. Kostenko; scientific monographs by professor I.P. Bondarenko “Russian language of Japanese seamen /XVIII century/” (Japan: Nara 1996), “Russian-Japanese linguistic connections of the XVIII century/Historical and linguistics research” (Odessa, 2000).

Considerable contribution to the development of teaching methods of oriental languages is made by foreign teachers, who are regularly invited by the KNU Institute of Philology to work with students within the Department. In 2004-2005 the famous Japanese linguist, interpreter, professor of Kyoto University Sanjiu Uemura Susumu taught Japanese language history and stylistics to the Japanese language students and conducted seminars on language practice within the Department. During his work here professor Uemura Susumu compiled the text-book “The Course of Lectures in Japanese Language History” and the complementary manual for this course.

Contact Details

Institute of Philology is located in the Humanities Building of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Contact us
by mail:
14 Taras Shevchenko Blvd., Kyiv, Ukraine, 01601
by phone: +380 44 239-33-02
by e-mail: philolog@univ.kiev.ua