A Message from Palacký University Olomouc
A Modern University with a Rich History
Palacký University was granted the full rights of other European universities in 1573. It was restored under its present name in 1946, and after 1989 the number of faculties grew to today‘s eight. It prides itself as a friendly institution with supportive teachers and an intellectually stimulating environment. Students present at UP are given sufficient space for their extracurricular activities, whether at university sports facilities or culture and social events.
Palacký University offers various programmes in languages other than Czech at Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels. You can choose from degree programmes taught in English at the Faculty of Arts (Philology, Euroculture, Sociology, etc.), the Faculty of Medicine (General Medicine, Dentistry, etc.), the Faculty of Science (International Development Studies, Ph.D. in Geography, Chemistry, Biology, etc.), the Faculty of Physical Culture (Kinanthropology), the Faculty of Education (Special Education, Special Needs Counselling, etc.), and the Faculty of Law (European and International Law).
A Research University
University has recently created and further developed a number of top research institutes where hundreds of international experts are employed, involving students during their studies to participate in the research.
Biomedicine, biotechnology and new materials are the main focus of the Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine specialising in research on neoplastic and infectious diseases, and the development of new diagnostic procedures and medications. The institute is part of the European Research Infrastructure EATRIS.
Researchers at the Centre of the Haná Region for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research are among the world’s leading experts. Their achievements range from the genetic engineering of barley to sequencing the wheat genome.
TheRegional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials focuses on chemical and optical research. Its researchers participate in international applications of nanotechnologies in groundwater treatment and research on the essence of matter at CERN. They also install optical elements for the detection of high-energy cosmic radiation at observatories.
The influence of German intellectuals on Czech culture has been mapped by the Centre for Research of German-Moravian Literature at the Faculty of Arts. Important works of European Christian culture are popularised by the Centre for Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Texts at Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology. The Faculty of Education operates a new facility with unique speech therapy and typhlo-informatics laboratories and other specialised workplaces. The BALUO Application Centre at the Faculty of Physical Culture combines research on movement and lifestyle with practical applications. The Centre for Clinical Legal Education helps span the gap between theory and practice. The Social Health Institute focuses its research on themes involving inequality in health and health determinants of vulnerable groups, such as adolescents, seniors, ill persons. More information about the above-mentioned research centres can be found here.
One of the most important European festivals in the area of popular science film aims to present science as an attractive, dynamic and diverse sector. The festival hosts world-renowned personalities every year (recently Steve Jones, Sue Dando, Lawrence M. Krauss).
The Business Incubator aids budding entrepreneurs, including students. The Science and Technology Park creates conditions for the establishment and development of companies with a scientific and technological focus. The Fortress of Knowledge interactive educational centre provides public programmes for all ages.
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