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NewsUniversity of West Bohemia launches new research centre

19-09-2014 17:00 | Jan Velinger

The University of West Bohemia in Pilsen on Friday opened a new research and learning centre focussing on cybernetics, math, and physics. The university’s rector Illona Mauritzová said the centre, which cost 1.36 billion crowns, including equipment (the construction alone was 530 million) had the potential to rank among top European facilities for research and development. The bill for the centre was largely paid from European funds, almost 80 percent. The centre is one of four commissioned by the university. Two have been completed. 

One on OneIntensive study of Czech for free tuition at film school pays off, says FAMU International head Vít Janeček

01-09-2014 15:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: archive of FAMU Last month Prague’s FAMU placed a very impressive fourth in a Hollywood Reporter list of top international film schools. How has the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, to give it its full title, managed to acquire such a reputation around the world? That’s one of several questions I discussed the other day with the head of FAMU International, teacher and documentary maker Vít Janeček. But I first asked Janeček how the range of subjects in his programme compares to the “regular” Czech-language FAMU.  More

In FocusForeign universities court Czech students as competition between institutions increases

19-08-2014 15:43 | Chris Johnstone

Gaudeamus fair, photo: Pavel Cyprich Czech students are sought after not just by local universities and colleges, but also by their European counterparts as student numbers dwindle across the continent. But while they are faced with more choice, Czech students also face a more difficult jobs market and the need to mark themselves out from the rest. Chris Johnstone looks at the evolving higher education market.  More

Current AffairsPrague’s FAMU ranked fourth best international film school

05-08-2014 15:55 | Tom McEnchroe

Photo: archive of FAMU Prague’s FAMU has been ranked fourth best international film school in the Hollywood Reporter’s annual Top Film Schools list. The publication praises the film and TV academy as an institution with a great tradition that has produced such names as the Oscar-winning directors Miloš Forman and Jiří Menzel. It also highlights FAMU’s international programme, which is attended by around 100 aspiring filmmakers from around the world. FAMU dean Pavel Jech welcomes the news.  More

NewsMasaryk University offers position to Russian professor sacked for criticizing annexation of Crimea

28-03-2014 18:03 | Daniela Lazarová

Brno’s Masaryk University has offered a position to Russian professor Andrej Zubov, who was sacked from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations after criticizing Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Prof. Zubov was dismissed from the institute where he’d worked since 2001 after comparing Moscow's actions in Ukraine with Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938. The rector of Brno University said prof. Zubov had expressed appreciation of the offer and promised to visit the school in the near future to discuss the possibilities. 

NewsNew Charles University rector inducted in office

04-03-2014 16:58 | Jan Richter

New rector of Prague’s Charles University, Tomáš Zima, was inducted in office on Tuesday. A doctor and biochemist, Professor Zima served as dean of the university’s First Faculty of Medicine between 2005 and 2012. President Miloš Zeman, who attended the ceremony, said Professor Zima’s election to the post was a guarantee of good cooperation between the head of state and the academic community; the ties were strained after President Zeman last year refused to appoint one of his critics as professor. 

NewsCharles University offers Ukrainian students to finish studies in Prague

21-02-2014 19:53 | Jan Richter

Charles University has offered roughly 20 students from Ukraine the chance to complete their studies in Prague, the institution said on Friday. The offer only applies to students who face direct persecution in their country and who could receive the university’s Václav Havel Fellowship, which is for students affected by persecution in totalitarian and authoritative countries. Ukrainian students could start attending courses in Prague immediately, the university said. A similar offer came on Thursday from Palacký University in Olomouc.  

In FocusForeign universities court Czech students as competition between institutions increases

04-02-2014 14:42 | Chris Johnstone

Gaudeamus fair, photo: Pavel Cyprich Czech students are sought after not just by local universities and colleges, but also by their European counterparts as student numbers dwindle across the continent. But while they are faced with more choice, Czech students also face a more difficult jobs market and the need to mark themselves out from the rest. Chris Johnstone looks at the evolving higher education market.  More

NewsUniversity rectors oppose proposal that professors should be appointed by Senate speaker

08-01-2014 19:27 | Jan Richter

Czech university rectors have rejected a proposal that professors should be appointed by the speaker of the Senate. The idea surfaced at a meeting of President Miloš Zeman with the upper house speaker, Milan Štěch, on Tuesday. The rectors said it would be in breach of the Czech university act. The outgoing government is set to discuss the issue on Wednesday, with the cabinet in favour of handing the powers to the education minister, according to the Czech News Agency.

Until last year, professors were appointed by the president. However, Mr Zeman objected to the system when he refused to appoint one of his critics as professor. The president and the education minister then reached a deal under which the authority to appoint professors would be transferred to the minister.  

NewsGovernment approves removing power to name professors from head of state

18-12-2013 19:39 | Ian Willoughby

The government have approved a law under which the ministers of education, defence and the interior would take over the president’s power to confer the title of professor. President Zeman said that the power should be removed from his office after earlier this year becoming embroiled in a row over his refusal to name Martin C. Putna a professor. Mr. Zeman cited the fact that Mr. Putna had carried a provocative sign in a Gay Pride parade.  

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