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    In Memoriam: Professor Władysław Miodunka

    Professor Władysław Miodunka, a revered linguist and pioneer in Polish glottodidactics, passed away recently, leaving behind an indelible mark on the field of linguistics. As the inaugural chairman of the State Commission for Certifying Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language, Prof. Miodunka played a pivotal role in establishing the Polish language certification system.

    A Distinguished Career

    Born in 1945 in Wojsław, near Mielec, Prof. Miodunka graduated in Polish studies from the Jagiellonian University. He began his career at the Institute of Polish Philology at Jagiellonian University, where he earned his doctorate in 1973 and habilitation in 1979. His scholarly interests ranged from Polish linguistics to applied linguistics for foreign language teaching and ethnic studies.

    Contributions and Achievements

    Prof. Miodunka’s contributions extended beyond academia. He directed the Polish Language Department for Foreigners and later founded the Department of Applied Linguistics. He served as the director of the Institute of Polish Studies and as Vice-Rector for Human Resources and Finance at Jagiellonian University.

    Global Impact

    Prof. Miodunka’s influence transcended borders, teaching Polish in France, conducting research in Australia, Brazil, and the United States, and representing Poland in international language testing associations. His dedication earned him numerous awards, including recognition from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for promoting Polish culture abroad.

    A Lasting Legacy

    With the passing of Prof. Władysław Miodunka, the linguistic community mourns the loss of a visionary leader and scholar whose contributions to Polish linguistics and language education will endure for generations to come.

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