UIC and Polis Institute to Promote Study of classic Languages
The UIC Faculty of Humanities has signed a collaboration agreement with the Jerusalem-based Polis Institute. It addresses the joint development of a two-year Master's Programme in Ancient Philology, among other matters. The programme will be taught at the Polis Institute with the participation of members of the teaching staff in the UIC Faculty of Humanities.
With the agreement, synergies will be generated among researchers from both institutions through participation in research projects, the Doctorate in Humanities programme and other activities. The UIC and the Polis Institute will collaborate on works of common interest to be published by one or both of the institutions.
Furthermore, the Polis Institute will offer intensive courses in speaking Ancient Greek and Latin at the UIC in July. The Institute is giving the UIC exclusive rights to offer these three-week courses in Spain.
The Polis Institute is one of the few institutions in the world that teaches the so-called dead languages (Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew and Latin) in the way that other foreign languages are taught today. Using the Polis method, the class is taught exclusively in the language of study, and as a result, students express themselves in that language.
Thanks to the agreement, the Polis Institute will also offer support to researchers from the UIC Faculty of Humanities who are translating and interpreting Ancient Greek, Hebrew and Arabic texts.
Dr. Christophe Rico, the director of the Polis Institute, and Dr. Teresa Vallès, the Dean of the UIC Faculty of Humanities, were present at the signing of the agreement.
The relationship formalized through the signing of the agreement began to develop when Dr. Rico visited the UIC in April 2013 to give a lecture on the myth and reality of the Library of Alexandria for the professors from the Faculty of Humanities. In his lecture, he dispelled the legend surrounding the library's disappearance.