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Charles University

Prague, Czech Republic



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History, Affiliations and Rankings

Charles University is a university situated in the heart of Prague, Czech Republic. Charles University was founded in 1348 during the rule of King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Eventually, it went on to become the first Studium generale north of the Alps and east of Paris.Established in 1348, Charles University is affiliated with the Coimbra Group, EUA and Europaeum. It quickly gained international acclaim after being modelled after universities in Bologna and Paris. It was founded with four faculties: theology, liberal arts, law, and medicine. Under Charles' son, King Wenceslas IV, the status of the Czech intellectual community increased. The Hussite reformist movement (which preceded the Reformation) transformed the institution; at the time, the university's rector was the religious reformer, Master Jan Hus. During the subsequent social and political revolution, the university was reduced to a single faculty - the Faculty of Liberal Arts (Facultas artium liberalium), serving as a model for succeeding Reformation schools. Charles University, the Czech university's name after independence, achieved results that put it on a level with the world's most famous academic and scientific institutions. It ranks among the top universities in the world. QS World University Rankings 2022 puts it in the 266th position. Times Higher Education 2021 ranks it at #401

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

With over 51,000 students and 2,000 educators, the University also employs over 2,000 technical administrators. The campus is gorgeous and helps one take advantage of the scenic views and silence at the same time. Being a student allows you access to the Karolinum Press publishing house, library and many other services that Charles University has to offer. 
Starting with 4 faculties, today, Charles University has about 17 faculties including Catholic Theological Faculty, Protestant Theological Faculty, Hussite Theological Faculty, Faculty of Law, First Faculty of Medicine, Second Faculty of Medicine, Third Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Králové, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Humanities. It offers a wide range of programs at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels in Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences & Management, Natural Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Mathematics and Physics. Not just this, it also offers certificate courses, foundation programs and part-time courses. Charles University has four research and academic fields.

Accomplishments and Alumni

The alumni network of Charles University is very strong and provides help to students as and when they need it. The University seeks to be accessible to outstanding students, accomplished professors and researchers from the Czech Republic and abroad, as well as to society as a whole. Aside from its scientific and research accomplishments, the statistics reveal that Charles University is a highly sought-after school for students from all across the Czech Republic as well as from outside and that the University's primary focus is on Master's and PhD degree programmes. It provides its students with a wide range of study and international stay alternatives. Recognizing the significance of a lifelong commitment to learning, the University offers a wide range of short- and long-term lifelong learning programmes. Some famous alumni are- Václav B?lohradský (b. 1944) philosopher Antonín Holý (1936–2012) Czech chemist, who played an important role in creating drugs to treat HIV and AIDS, Nikola Tesla, Ivana Trump and Edvard Beneš (1884–1948), sociologist, second president of Czechoslovakia.

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The University provides ample opportunities for growth to students and faculty from different ethnic communities and sexual orientations. The diverse campus helps students mix with people who let them learn in a comfortable environment where they can be themselves. People with special needs are also given the opportunity to move around the campus independently with ramps and special infrastructure wherever needed. The University's faculty and students' creativity is represented in a wide range of research and applied initiatives, as well as valuable works of art and a plethora of publications. The University employs around 7,900 people, nearly 4,500 of them are academic and research workers. Charles University has about 50 000 students enrolled in more than 300 approved degree programmes offering over 630 different courses, accounting for roughly one-sixth of all students in the Czech Republic. Over 20,000 students are enrolled in Bachelor's degree programmes, nearly 25,000 in Master's degree programmes, and 8,000 in PhD programmes. Over 7,000 international students attend the university. Every year, just under 9,000 students complete their studies; Charles University graduates have one of the greatest employment rates in the Czech Republic of any population category. More than 16,000 people attend a wide range of lifetime learning courses each year. The famous visiting companies include Deloitte, Google, Charles University, and more.

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