The very first academic groups of the Faculty of Letters inaugurated their study on the 1-st of September 1993. At that time the Faculty was named as the Department of Foreign Languages and the academic staff was led by the Mrs. Ana Bondarenco, PhD habilitatus, University Professor, the first Director of the Department. From 1994 till February 1996, the Department was led by Mr. Vsevolod Grigore, PhD, Assistant Professor. From February 1996 till September 2003 the head of the Department was Ana Guţu, PhD, University Professor.
At the end of 2006, the Senate of FIUM decided to modify the organogram of the Free International University of Moldova, and thus, the term of Department was replaced by the Faculty. Consequently, the Department of Foreign Languages was transformed into the Faculty of Foreign Languages, while in 2008, it acquired the name of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Sciences of Communication. By ULIM Senate’ decision from September 12, 2012, the faculty changes its name in Faculty of Letters.
From April 2006 till July 2010, the above mentioned unit was steered by Mr. Ion Manoli, PhD habilitatus, University Professor. Nowadays, the head of the faculty is Mrs. Ludmila Hometkovski, PhD, Assistant Professor, a graduate of the first promotion of the Faculty (1993-1998).
At its foundation, in our country two other faculties of foreign languages existed, one was settled at the State University of Moldova while the second one at the Pedagogical University A.Russo from Balti. One of the primary goals of the Faculty was to train specialists in foreign languages for national and international labour market. The liberalization of economic relationships has created multiple segments at the labour market, where the specialists in philology, knowing foreign languages, are required. Up to 1996, an adequate concept in training professional interpreters did not exist. The foundation of the above-mentioned specialty within the Faculty of Foreign Languages has led to the elaboration of an adequate study plan development that matches European standards, while the audio-video and synchronic translation laboratories equipment has contributed to the efficient development of university training process.
The human asset of the Faculty consists of both experienced teachers and young staff mainly graduates of ULIM who are well informed on the specificity of disciplinary curriculum. All teaching staff of the Faculty attend qualification courses which are held either in our country or in university centers from abroad like France, Germany, USA, UK.
Teachers’ involvement in research and training activities implies a high degree of responsibility and intellectual commitment. The increase in the quality of teaching represents the major aim of every academic staff within the Faculty and this aim is reflected through the results achieved both in teacher’s individual activity plan and in the annual self-evaluation reports.
The number of students of the faculty is about 400. The multilingual specific of the contingent also marks the behavioral outfit– discipline, elegance, efficiency. The students are self-governing, taking certain decisions by means of the students’ Council of the Faculty, the Students’ Senate, etc.
The augmentation of the students’ academic success constitutes a central objective of the faculty administration, which determines the planning of all curricular and extracurricular activities. The display of specialists’ training quality at our faculty is materialized in the graduates’ presentations. The best students pass on the faculty and university fame to various international /European bodies.
During the 19 years of existence of the Faculty of Letters nice traditions have been crystallized, which highlight the necessity to prepare some capable specialists for adult life in order to integrate into a plenipotentiary society in perpetual change, with higher requirements and standards of living. For these specialists not only to cope with the requirements of the professional guild, but also with modern, psycho-social conjuncture, the Faculty organizes educational events with a prolific content, the manifestations which infuse tolerance, intercultural communication , fairness in attitudes and appreciations.
It became a tradition to celebrate days of Francophonie, Hispanophonie and Europe’ s Days. During these periods there have been organized numerous discussion clubs, round tables, lectures, competitions, Olympiads, debates, etc. The Dean, the Heads of the Departments, members of the Institute of Philological and Intercultural Researches are actively involved in all manifestations, inviting notorious representatives of cultural bodies accredited in Moldova, as the French Alliance and Embassy, the British Embassy, the German Embassy and the DAAD centre, the Cervantes Institute with the head office in Bucharest (Romania). The British Centre was inaugurated in 2006, where students can benefit from a rich background of various books, modern equipment (computer, xerox, TV, DVD, etc.).
The students are also invited to show a great interest for such activities because they represent a good school in cultivating the freedom of expression, rivalry deontology and accuracy in decision-making. Often the host, but also the logistic guarantor of such events is the Biblioteconomic Informational Department (BID), which puts reading halls at the disposal of students, creating an unique ambience of symbiosis between academic and cultural dimension of the educational approach.