History of the Chair
The Chair of Intercultural Communications and Tourism is one of the comparatively young Chairs at the Department of Humanities and Arts. As an independent Chair it has existed since 1992. The founder of the Chair is the Honoured Teacher of Armenia, assistant professor Mr. Hakob Meghrikyan, who had administered it until 1996.
In 1996-2003, the Chair was headed by Candidate of Philology (PhD) assistant professor Zhanet (Janet) Sargsyan.
In 2003-2011, Candidate of Philology (PhD) assistant professor Mrs. Susanna Harutyunyan was the Head of the Chair.
In 2011-2015, Mrs. Varduhi Stepanyan, Candidate of Philology (PhD), assistant professor was appointed Head of the Chair.
Since 2015, the Chair has been headed by Candidate of Philology (PhD) Shushanik Ter-Adamyan.
In 2013, the Chair of French Language and Literature was replenished with the specialization “German Language and Literature”, being renamed into the Chair of the French and German Languages and Methods of Their Teaching.
In 2017, the Chair joined the specialisations of “Service” (Bachelor’s Degree) and “Sustainable Tourism” (Master’s Degree) and came to be called the Chair of Intercultural Communications and Tourism. Today, the Chair carries out 4 educational programmes for Bachelor’s Degree and 1 for Master’s Degree for full-time and extra-mural education.
- Intercultural Communication – French – Armenian, full-time education, Bachelor’s Degree;
- French Language and Literature, full-time and extra-mural education, Bachelor’s Degree;
- German Language and Literature, full-time education, Bachelor’s Degree;
- Service, full-time and extra-mural education, Bachelor’s Degree;
- Sustainable Tourism, Master’s Degree.
The professional education programmes are constantly renewed and modernized in the Chair and are fitted to the requirements of the labour market.
The Chair co-operates with the French Embassy and the French organization “Alliance Franwhich always welcomes the lecturers and students of the Chair to its rich library.
Since 2000, the Chair has been co-operating with GREF (pensioners without borders). Twice a year, for six months, a French specialist works at the Chair, holding seminars and re-training courses in the French language, as well as in the methods of teaching French, aiming to propagate and popularize French in Shirak region.
The Chair also co-operates with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the “Goethe-Institut”. The lecturers of the Chair actively participate in the annual trainings and seminars organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the “Goethe-Institut”.
The Chair is one of the most active participants of such annual contests as the “Golden Word”, “Human Rights in the 21st Century”. A lot of students are involved in the activity of the local offices of such organisations as KASA and SPFA.
The Chair employs experienced specialists in the French and German languages as well as in the sphere of service and tourism.
The domain of the Chair’s faculty is very big: the typological study of languages, lexicology, methods of teaching foreign languages, intercultural communication and cognitive linguistics, tourism basics, intercultural communication in the sphere of tourism.
The Chair actively participates in the preservation and popularization of the French and German languages in our region, being the scientific-methodological centre of teaching these languages. The lecturers of the Chair pass annual training courses at foreign universities, effectively participating in the European grant education programmes “Erasmus +”, DAAD. The Chair constantly co-operates with the French, Swiss, Belgian, German volunteers.
The Chair has created its rich library which consists exclusively of modern manuals and methodological literature published in France and Germany, possesses perfect logistical possibilities which greatly contribute to the training of qualified specialists in French and German languages, service and tourism.