Comenius University in Bratislava

Main coordinator: Marketa Štefková
Project members: Benjamin Bossaert, Milan Potočár

The Philosophical Faculty of Comenius University provides more than 130 study programmes in the field of bachelor, master and PhD. degrees. Many of them, such as Dutch studies, are to be found only at this faculty. Moreover we think in the case of other study programmes we can provide a more interesting and fruitful environment than other universities or study programmes elsewhere in Slovakia. Highly qualified teaching staff is working at our faculty and their scientific results are also well-known abroad. Students are given the possibility to take part in study abroad programmes, such as Erasmus+ and CEEPUS, where also the section of Dutch studies intensively participates, with 8 active bilateral contracts of Erasmus+. Studying at our faculty is facilitated through the European Credit Transfer System and European Union criteria. 

The section of Dutch studies at the department of German, Dutch and Scandinavian studies specializes in the field of its study programme Dutch language and culture on translation and interpretation studies. It prepares the students in practically oriented seminars for the working field of translator and interpreter in several contexts of communication. We take into account many other opportunities on the field of working experiences. The study is focussed on knowledge management, modern technologies and the development of practical skills with focus on the current labour market. According to internal research results, almost 95% of our alumni find a job related to their study programme. The section has at this moment 4 internal fulltime teachers-researchers. Apart from teaching, we also organise scientifically-project activities, host seminars, regional cooperation, etc.


Palacky University in Olomouc

Project members:  Pavlína Knap-Dlouhá,
Kateřina Křížová, Wilken Engelbrecht

Palacky University (UP) is a classical university of the academic type, founded in 1573. At present the university has 8 faculties with some 21,455 students and some 2235 academic and scientific staff (figures according to the 2015 report of May 2016). The faculties cover a wide range of scientific fields – Theological Faculty, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Pedagogical Studies, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Paramedic Studies, and Faculty of Sports.


The project would be carried out at the Faculty of Arts, founded in 1588, consisting by now from 21 institutes with some 5,600 students and 450 academic staff together. Its main mission consists in humanities, including social sciences and language studies. Most of the students (ca.75%) are coming from all over Moravia and Silesia, being the surrounding parts of the Czech Republic. A good deal of students at UP (some 15%) is of Slovakian origin (the use of Slovak is allowed to the students). With over a fifth of the total population of the city of Olomouc, UP is the major employer of the city and the students form a very important part of the local society.


The Faculty of Arts has special experience in conceiving international studies, implementation of new approaches in language studies. Many institutes regularly participate in ESF and Erasmus+ programmes.


Within the Faculty this programme would be carried out by the Institute of Dutch Studies, being with some 90 major and 50 minor students, 5 full time post gradual students and 8 pedagogic staff one of the smallest units of the faculty but at the same time it is one of the most active Netherlandic studies in the Central European region. The Institute is founded in 2003; Dutch Studies have a tradition going back to 1947. The programmes guaranteed by the Institute (three BA studies, two MA studies and one PhD study) have been successfully accredited by the Czech National Accreditation Commission till 2019 (BA studies) and 2020 (MA and PhD studies) respectively. 


The Institute is specialised in translation studies and business Dutch, but vows scientific interest also to traditional fields of research such as comparative grammar (Czech/Dutch), reception of Dutch and Flemish literature in Central Europe and cultural relations between the Low Countries and Central Europe (e.g. in the form of old prints preserved in Moravian historic libraries).


Locally, the pedagogic output of teachers is regularly assessed by own students in an anonymous electronic assessment system. The scientific output of Institute members as registered on national Czech level may be found at the national register https://www.isvav.cz/prepareResultForm.do (separately for each institute member, also in English). For the year 2016 the Institute had 352 so-called RIV points for its publications (1,8% of the Faculty total, the Institute itself makes just 1,5% of the Faculty total = above average). Publication output is regularly controlled by the Dean's Office and at national level.


​Free University of Brussels (VUB)

Project members: Koen Kerremans,
Rita Temmerman, Mathieu Van Obberghen

Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) is a Dutch speaking university with a strong international focus in the capital of Belgium. VUB has two parkland campuses and is organised in 8 faculties and a university hospital. The VUB has a staff of almost 3.000, more than 2.000 of which are teaching and research staff. It has 15.000 students from more than 120 countries. More than 150 fundamental and applied research groups in all disciplines in the humanities, exact sciences and medicine are active on an (inter)national level.


The Faculty of Arts and Philosophy hosts 5 Departments (Linguistics and Literary Studies – Applied Linguistics – Archaeology and Art Science - History – Philosophy) and offers BA and MA courses to over 2.000 students.


VUB has been participating in the Erasmus program since 1987. Hence, VUB and its International Relations and Mobility Office have obtained extensive experience in managing and participating in large international cooperation projects. In the Erasmus+ framework, VUB is involved in several CBHE projects (currently coordinating 3 projects and partner in 6) and coordinates projects in Sports and Jean Monnet activities as well as Joint-Master Degrees and KA103 / KA107 projects.


University of Wroclaw

Project members:  Malgorzata Dowlaszewicz,
Agata Szubert, Joke Bossens

The Department of Dutch Studies at the University in Wrocław as a part of the Faculty of Philology was established as an independent unit in 1990. It provides research and teaches students who chose Dutch as their major. The subjects range from linguistics (phraseology, history of language, syntax and morphology), translation studies and didactics to literature (medieval, early-modern, modern and contemporary) and culture. It has 16 permanent staff members and 3 external employees. At the moment there are 243 students (BA: 193, MA: 48, PhD: 2).


Several of the staff members of the Department of Dutch Studies at the University in Wrocław have been engaged in research on translation and interpretation, translation techniques and the translatology. The Department offers students a range of courses in the relevant areas such as: the introduction to translations studies, practical translations, simultaneous, consecutive and whispered interpreting and several terminology courses (eg. legal, medical, EU-terminology).


The key persons involved in the project have both theoretical as practical expertise in the translations and translation studies. Agata Szubert is a linguist and has worked for many years as a sworn translator and interpreter in the public sector and as a translator and interpreter in the private sector. She is one of the main authors of the business dictionary Polish-Dutch, Dutch-Polish and a course book for Business Dutch “Nu even zakelijk“. Joke Bossens is a community interpreter in Belgium and translations are her research scope. Małgorzata Dowlaszewicz has worked as a translator and interpreter for many years and has also experience in literary translations.