About the department
The department of Asian studies is a young, dynamically evolving workplace which is oriented on the contemporary language and culture of the Asian region, with emphasis on the region of Pacific Asia. The department offers the choice of several prospective study fields, at the present including bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chinese philology (studied in combination with other programmes or separately) and Japanese philology (studied in combination with other programmes or separately) and a bachelor’s interdisciplinary programme in Japanese for business purposes. Within the studies, stress is laid upon quality and an individual approach, thanks to which employability of graduates is, in comparison to other fields of study, above average. An important part of bachelor’s and master’s degree studies is a stay at top foreign universities in Europe and Asia with which the department has cooperated on a long-term basis.
In addition to pedagogical activities, members of the department are also active in the sphere of science and research, have experience with scholarships at prestigious foreign workplaces, participate in international conferences and are active in publishing. Key spheres of this research are mainly the cultural anthropology of China, grammatology focused on Chinese character writing, phonology and lexicography of modern Chinese, and also intercultural pragmatics, contemporary Japanese language and Japanese haiku poetry. Some of the most important publications published by members of the department include Learning dictionary of Chinese language (O. Švarný, UP 1998-2000) and the set of textbooks Colloquial Chinese (O. Švarný, D. Uher: Introduction to Colloquial Chinese; O. Švarný: Colloquial Chinese in Examples; O. Kučera: The textbook of Chinese Characters; D. Uher: the Textbook of Chinese Conversation).
At present, the department is a coordinator of the projects Innovation of the Chinese philology programme at Palacky University in Olomouc with focus on employability of graduates which was supported by the European Social Fund and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR, and at the same time it is a partner of the project Innovation of the Religious Studies Programme at Masaryk University in Brno with focus on the culture of China and Japan where the main coordinator is Masaryk University in Brno.