About Russian Department
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Founded in 1950, the Department of Russian Language and Literature (Russian Department for short) was formerly a special training course of Northeast People’s University. In 1979, it welcomed its first batch of postgraduate students and two years later it was authorized as one of the earliest Master Degree Programs for Russian Language and Literature students nation-wide. In June 1993, expansions have been made as it formally changes name as the Russian Department of Foreign Language School, Jilin University. And in 2011, Master Degrees for Russian Translation was added.

With a strong teaching team, the Russian Department now has 8 supervisors of Master Degree Candidates, 3 professors, 3 associate professors and 3 lecturers. All the teaching faculties have studying or on-job training experience in Russia, 8 hold Doctor’s Degrees and 2 are Ph.D. Candidates. Several experts in this field are due to be invited every year. The teaching faculties are highly competent in teaching, strong in research, with a well-coordinated team that integrates the young, the middle-aged and the senior in a perfect combination that are full of vigor and vitality and promising bright future and hope. Professor Tan Lin, the world renowned Pushkin medal winner had been teaching here. The Department enjoys the activity of a group of young and middle-aged scholars busying at the forefront of teaching and research, with profound scholarly prudence and achievements.

The Russian Department has 170 undergraduates. For a long time, it has been the fine tradition of the Russian Department to prioritize the training of students’ basic language skills and practical abilities. The students are therefore equipped with a solid professional foundation and high comprehensive qualities. The students have been winning the top prizes in both national and regional contests and in the TRM4 and TRM8 they also give excellent performance. At the same time, the Department has been maintaining close ties with such universities as Moscow University, St. Petersburg University, Pushkin Russian Institute, Tomsk Science and Engineering University and Far East University. Every year, 6 to 10 students are sent overseas to be further educated on state scholarship to such countries as Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, Armenia and others; 5 to 7 students on university to university exchange projects and 5 to 7 on short-term exchange programs during the Summer.

With a sound theoretical foundation, high comprehensive qualities as well as strong practical skills and adaptive abilities, the students have won much praise from companies and enterprises. As of now, 20 or so Russian graduates are working in the country’s various ministries and commissions, such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and others, 4 in leadership positions in colleges and universities. In recent years, up to one third of the Russian graduates pursued postgraduate studies every year. The rest are working in such fields as national security, immigration affairs, customs, finance, foreign affairs, foreign trade, media, publishing houses and colleges and universities.

The Russian Department is subdivided into three branches, namely, Russian Theory, Russian Translation, Russian Literature. Currently, there are 40 postgraduate candidates and the courses cover Grammar, Linguistics, Semantics, Pragmatics, Translation theory, Translation Practice, Russian Literature, Discourse Analysis, Rhetoric, Language and culture and Oral courses. Starting from 2012, Masters of Russian Translations were enrolled. In recent years, 10 postgraduates were admitted for doctorate studies in Shanghai International Studies University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Heilongjiang University, Nanjing University and other majors in Jilin University.

The Russian Department is currently undertaking or taking part in 5 national research projects, 10 provincial research projects, and 10 field projects. Since 1990, more than 100 papers have been published and over 20 academic monographs, textbooks, translation works, dictionaries issued. Main accomplishments are: Russian Language and State Analysis, Translation Theories, Herzen, Kuprin, Contrast Analysis of Russian-Chinese New Words, An Analysis of Scientific Literature from the Perspective of М.М.Бахтин Speech Genre theory, Russian Life and Customs, Living in Russia, Russian Literary History, Russian Syntax Outline, Russian Lexicology Outline, Russian Rhetoric, Selected Readings of Russian Newspapers and Magazines, Theory of Modern Russian Tutorial, Chinese-Russian Dictionary, Sino-Russian Trade dictionary, and assorted Russian-Chinese Dictionaries.

The Russian Department places great emphasis on the research of language and culture. An influential and distinctive research group has been thus formed and numerous valuable research accomplishments published. Since 1994, the Russian Department has attracted great attentions from the field by successfully sponsoring or jointly holding 5 Russian Language and Culture Seminars.

Office: Room 308, Foreign Language building, Central Campus of Jilin University


Chair: Tian Jun