Palacký University is a modern university with a rich history. The 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 Olomouc is a modern research university. New modern science and research centres with state-of-the-art equipment, collaborating with prominent institutes throughout the world, have been built within the city thanks to UP projects.
The University collaborates with a number of partnership institutions abroad. UP strongly supports internalisation in education, science, and research, and the international mobility of students as well as academic and scientific staff. Special attention is paid to the development of strategic international partnerships in education, science, and research.
The Olomouc alma mater has confirmed its status among important science and research institutes by the activities conducted at the Technology Park, which connects the University with industrial partners. It also offers services business consultation services to students.
The University provides a high-quality environment for its students and employees. Dozens of facilities have been newly built or renovated. Modern accommodation facilities, dining services, the university library, sporting facilities, and counselling services are available to all, including students with special needs.
Comprehensive counselling is provided by experts to all students, academic employees, alumni as well as applicants coping with difficult situations in life. The University houses a profession counselling centre, a support centre for students with special needs, and a guidance centre for achieving a healthy lifestyle.
Palacký University also promotes the development of civic society in the Czech Republic; a number of its activities fulfil the ethos of the institution, that for which it was established.
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.
The Regional 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.