Activity of the Chair

Establishment of the Chair

The UNESCO Chair for Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication was established in July 2002, under an agreement between Professor Franciszek  Ziejka, the Vice-Chancellor of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, and Koichiro Matsuura, the Director General of UNESCO, with Professor Elżbieta Tabakowska as the first director of the Chair. The Chair belongs to the worldwide network of over 500 UNESCO Chairs in various countries all over the world. The UNESCO Chairs programme celebrated its 10th anniversary in November 2002. In December 2006, the Chair, 'virtual' until that time, acquired the more official status of a research-didactic unit within the Jagiellonian University. The Chair pursues its scholarly and didactic objectives within the framework of an integrated programme at the local, national and international level. The general objective is the integration and expansion of the translator and interpreter training programmes run in Poland in line with the political, economic and cultural needs following Poland's accession to the EU.


Since January 2015, the Chair operates under the name: Chair for Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication.

1. Teaching provision

The teaching provision at the Chair includes MA and PhD programmes as well as a number of postgraduate and lifelong learning courses.

2. Research

The research activity of the Chair is focused on enhancing the translator training process, which has no established teaching tradition in Poland. The stress is put on innovative Internet-based learning and teaching methods and on the development of terminological databases. 

3. Exchange

The Chair cooperates with a number of national and foreign institutions and organisations through staff, students and expertise exchange, publication of  curricula and teaching materials, organising workshops and seminars, and other activities.

4. Open lectures

Details to be found in "Wykłady otwarte" section [in Polish].