Set up in 1849, the VŠB Technical University of Ostrava has maintained a long tradition in teaching engineering in the Czech Republic, and has extended its courses to economics too. The institution was at first called the Mining Academy in Příbram.
The university courses are organised in eight faculties - Mining and Geology, Mechanical Engineering, Economics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Safety Engineering.
The research at the Technical University of Ostrava focuses on raw materials, energy and environmental sciences, computer sciences and information technologies, new materials, structures and technologies, modern engineering, safety technologies, modelling of economic and financial processes (especially research and development intensity and intellectual property protection).
The campus houses a minigolf course, a gym, table tennis, a games room, a student club and a music classroom, as well as the Johann Palisa Observatory and Planetarium, which regularly holds public observation sessions, film screenings and art exhibitions.
The campus is located near Ostrava, the third largest city in the Czech Republic and the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region. It is also in the proximity of the natural beauty of the Beskydy and Jeseniky mountains, and the medieval town Štramberk, palaces Hradec nad Moravicí, Raduň and Fryštát, and the castle Silesia-Ostrava. Ostrava hosts around 300 concerts every year within the international multi-genre festival Colours of Ostrava. The university also organises NATO days, where the public is presented with presentations on security, as well as military hardware and rescue equipment.
One active student organisation at the Technical University of Ostrava is IAESTE, which organises international internships. AIESEC too is in charge of student exchange programmes.