The variety of cultures and languages within our faculty is exceptional: with 2,300 students from more than 80 nations, Germersheim has become a cosmopolitan centre within the (geographical) periphery. Translation research and teaching at our faculty has developed in this international, plurilinguistic atmosphere since 1947. Thanks to partnerships with over 100 universities abroad, the research focus of our faculty is similarly intercultural and interdisciplinary. Besides our student exchange programmes, we routinely invite visiting lecturers and professors from around the world and send our students, lecturers and professors abroad to maintain a close relationship with the scientific community. Our profile of translation studies is thus international and interdisciplinary and encompasses translation and interpreting studies, linguistics and cultural studies as well as literary studies and intercultural communication. Since the 1970s, Germersheim has always been one of the major centres for the promotion of translation studies as an independent discipline – starting with the development of the Skopos Theory by Vermeer and the work of subsequent generations.