Univerzita Karlova v Praze - Universitas Carolina

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  • Charles Uni­ver­sity in Prague was founded in 1348 and is one of the world’s old­est uni­ver­si­ties. Today it has 17 fac­ul­ties (14 in Prague, 2 in Hradec Králové and 1 in Plzeň), 3 uni­ver­sity insti­tutes, 6 fur­ther cen­tres for edu­ca­tional, sci­en­tific, research, devel­op­ment and other activ­i­ties or for pro­vi­sion of infor­ma­tion ser­vices, 5 university-​wide spe­cial facil­i­ties and the Rec­torate as the admin­is­tra­tive cen­tre of the whole university.

    The uni­ver­sity has more than 7,500 employ­ees, 4,000 of these being aca­d­e­mic and research staff. Over 51,000 stu­dents are study­ing at CU (which is roughly a sixth of all stu­dents in the Czech Repub­lic), in more than 300 accred­ited degree pro­grammes and 660 study dis­ci­plines. More than 18,000 are study­ing in bachelor’s pro­grammes, 25,000 in master’s pro­grammes and more than 7,000 in doc­toral pro­grammes. Over 6,000 stu­dents are from abroad.

    Var­i­ous courses in life­long learn­ing pro­grammes organ­ised by CU attract more than 15,000 peo­ple each year.

    The uni­ver­sity is ded­i­cated to inter­na­tional co-​operation with pres­ti­gious edu­ca­tional and research insti­tu­tions. CU has signed a total of 450 bilat­eral agree­ments and 190 inter­na­tional part­ner­ship agree­ments with for­eign universities.

    Charles Uni­ver­sity is one of the world’s top uni­ver­si­ties, a fact that has been con­firmed repeat­edly by the inter­na­tional uni­ver­sity rank­ings. In the Shang­hai University’s Aca­d­e­mic Rank­ing of World Uni­ver­si­ties, which eval­u­ates 2,000 uni­ver­si­ties, Charles Uni­ver­sity was placed in the top 300 out of the total of 17,000 uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges. Charles Uni­ver­sity is there­fore among the 2% of the best uni­ver­si­ties and the 100 top Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties. It is the only Czech insti­tu­tion of higher edu­ca­tion to be placed in the pub­lished list of 500 uni­ver­si­ties. The uni­ver­sity fared just as suc­cess­fully in The Times THES rank­ing, being paced 229th.

    Sci­ence and Research

    If a uni­ver­sity wishes to be known as a research uni­ver­sity today, it has to have sci­ence and research among its chief pri­or­i­ties. Charles Uni­ver­sity has many top research teams that work exten­sively with cen­tres abroad. Their results are pub­lished in inter­na­tional jour­nals and mono­graphs and they have won pres­ti­gious inter­na­tional awards.

    • Cur­rently 29 major over­all research plans started in 2005 are being imple­mented at Charles Uni­ver­sity. Accord­ing to an assess­ment under­taken in 2007 by spe­cial­ist com­mis­sions of the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion, 19 were rated in Cat­e­gory A, i.e. the best.
    • Another eight major over­all research plans were ini­ti­ated in 2007.
    • At present Charles Uni­ver­sity is direct­ing research involv­ing other insti­tu­tions in 13 research cen­tres, while it is con­tribut­ing to research projects in fur­ther 28 cen­tres based out­side the university.
    • At Charles Uni­ver­sity the student/​staff ratio is 12:1, which cor­re­sponds to the usual ratio in many of the world’s advanced universities.

    CU Priorities

    • The build­ing up of Charles Uni­ver­sity as a Research Uni­ver­sity – an impor­tant research insti­tu­tion in the Czech Repub­lic and on the inter­na­tional scene.
    • The involve­ment of stu­dents in sci­ence – research projects and appli­ca­tion of research find­ings in teaching.
    • The use of the funds of Euro­pean Frame­work Pro­grammes for the sup­port of top research and research staff mobility.
    • The sys­tem­atic devel­op­ment of inno­v­a­tive activ­i­ties at CU, espe­cially in the frame­work of the CU Cen­tre for theTrans­fer of Research Results andTechnologies


    Website cuni.cz
    Phone +420.224.491-850
    Address Celetná 13

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