The University of Pardubice, known i n the native Czech as Univerzita Pardubice (UPA), is located in Pardubice in the Czech Republic and the only institution in the Pardubice region.
The institution was founded in the aftermath of the Second World War, when chemical factories based in the town requested that a specialist higher education institution be established in the vicinity. It was originally established under the name Vysoká škola Chemická (which translates as "Chemical Institute") in 1950, before being renamed Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická ("Institute of chemical technology") in 1954.
In the 1990s, new faculties were added, and in 1994 the university adopted its current name.
UPA offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree study programmes in more than 130 specialisations, and students can choose from different bachelor’s, follow-up master’s and doctoral degree programmes.
It has seven faculties: Chemical Technology; Economics and Administration; the Jan Perner Transport Faculty; Arts and Philosophy; Restoration; Health Studies; and Electrical Engineering and Informatics.
As a member of the European University Association, the institution has become an active part of European and world higher education and research.