The chair is headed by Associate Professor Natalia Sergeevna Shavkun, Candidate of Philology Sciences.
The chair of German Studies and Intercultural Communication was formed in 2012.
Being a part of the University that Opens and Transforms the World, the Chair sees its mission in the working out of new scientific articles, contemporary humanitarian technologies and social innovations, in training new competent human resources on the basis of the constant development of a scientific and intellectual potential of the staff, implementation of a creative project and practice-oriented activity in the interaction with other structural subdivisions of the university, broadening of the international scientific and educational collaboration.
- Constant development of an innovative potential of the chair;
- Internationalization of all the activities;
- Implementation of an efficient research, project, and practice-oriented activity;
- Qualitatively new level of new type graduates training – transforming leaders and project managers, innovational processes and social transformations, which have a progressive transformation-oriented methodology and relative innovational and technical competence, who complete and support each other.
The Chair’s staff keeps up with the times constantly improving their work, and searching for new approaches to the German language teaching and learning.
The mastery of the most experienced tutors makes a priceless contribution to the Chair’s work (B.A. Malinin, B.F. Belova, N.V. Ustina, M.E. Morozova, A.E. Mirzakhanova).
Professor B.F. Belova is an Honorable Worker of the Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Professor B.A. Malinin is an Honorable Professor of PSU.
In 2017, Associate Professor N.S. Shavkun, Head of the Chair, Professor B.F. Belova, Professor B.A. Malinin, Professor M.E. Morozova, Associate Professor A.E. Mirzakhanova, Associate Professor N.V. Papka, Associate Professor N.V. Ustina, senior lector T.P. Zhuravleva, lector G.A. Lebedenko were awarded letters of gratitude by the German Embassy in the Russian Federation for a constructive and fruitful collaboration and a big personal contribution into German-Russian relations development.
Some chair’s tutors are the members of Russian and international level organizations:
Association of Scholarship Programs Graduated of the Germans Service of Academic Exchanges (DAAD-Alumni) https://www.daad.de/deutschland/alumni/en/
(G.A. Lebedenko, A.E. Mirzakhanova, N.V. Papka, N.S. Shavkun);
Inter-regional Association of Teachers and Tutors of German language http://dlv-rus.ru/
Russian Union of German Scholars http://germanistenverband.ru/ru/
KULI - Kulturbezogene und kulturanalytische Linguistik (International Linguists Association) http://www.kulturlinguistik.org/
Pyatigorsk City German National and Cultural Autonomy Quelle is headed by N.V. Papka
Professor B.A. Malinin is a member of the City Council of Veterans in Kislovodsk.
Mrs. Marlies Wenzel, lector of the German Service of Academic Exchanges (DAAD) works at the Chair.
The chair trains students in the following bachelor’s programs:
45.03.02 Linguistics (Theory and Practice of Intercultural Communication, Theory and Methodology of Foreign Languages and Cultures Teaching)
42.03.01 Adventures and Public Relations (Commercial), takes an active part in the implementation of master’s students in 45.04.02 Comparative Study of Cultures and Innovative Strategies of Verbal Communication).
The chair also provides German language training as the second foreign language for secondary vocational education students in Operational Activity in Logistics; Law, and Organization of Social Security.
There are postgraduate studies available at the chair:
45.06.01 Linguistics and Literature Studies, major 10.02.04 German Languages.