The Chinese Studies Department forms part of the University of Warsaw Faculty of Oriental Studies, and is the oldest Polish academic institution in the field of Chinese language and culture education. The first Chinese Department was founded in 1933 as part of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the University of Warsaw. The most renowned professors of the Warsaw sinology include: Witold Jablonski (1901–1957), Janusz Chmielewski (1916–1998), Olgierd Wojtasiewicz (1916–1995), Tadeusz Zbikowski (1930–1989) and Mieczyslaw Jerzy Künstler (1933–2007), whose legacy include numerous translations of Chinese literary works (Zhuangzi, Qu Yuan’s Songs from Chu, Confucian Analects, Journey to the West, Romance of the Three Kingdoms), academic writings (Notes on Early Chinese Logic, Languages of China), as well as publications for general public (Anthology of Chinese Literature, Chinese Art, History of Chinese Culture).
At present, classes at the Department are conducted by two full professors (Zbigniew Slupski, Lidia Kasarello), two associate professors (Irena Kaluzynska, Ewa Zajdler), five Ph.Ds, doctoral candidates, permanent co-workers, and contracted lecturers from China and Taiwan.
The Chinese Studies Department enrolls students on yearly basis for B.A. and M.A. study programmes. The syllabus includes courses in modern Chinese (teaching both traditional and simplified characters), classical Chinese, Chinese history, literature, linguistics and history of art. M.A. students can apply for one-year scholarships to mainland China and Taiwan. The Department also has a separate Ph.D. programme.
The Warsaw sinology conducts academic exchange with numerous centres in Europe and around the world. Thanks to the support of the Chinese Hanban agency, and the Taiwanese Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Department library is constantly being enlarged and updated. Our staff, apart from conducting courses for students, conduct own research and publish widely. The most recent publications include one of Poland’s first Chinese language course book (Modern Chinese, vol. 1 and 2), literary translations (contemporary short story collection Soul Knots, novel Maqiao’s Dictionary by Han Shaogong, new translation of Zhuangzi), as well as academic writings (Chinese Female Namings).
In 2003 the Chinese Studies Department obtained the European Label certificate for innovative initiatives in teaching foreign languages for the project titled: "Poznac Jezyk i Kulture - Integralne Nauczanie Jezyka Chinskiego".
Warsaw Sinology constantly researches the matters of Chinese language acquisition, teaching standards, and language competence certification, results of wchich were presented during the 6th International Conference on Education: "Kompetencja jezykowa - drogi, cele, aspekty".
Dr. Malgorzata Religa is the Head of the Chinese Studies Department.