Anniversary of Jan Palach’s Death

January 2017 commemorates the 48th anniversary of Charles University student, Jan Palach, setting himself on fire in protest against events in the former Czechoslovakia in 1968. As each year, Charles University has prepared a few commemoration events for the occasion – placing them on a symbolic site, Jan Palach Square, the address of the Faculty of Arts where Palach studied and the place in which his memorial plaque is displayed.

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Author: Jessica Miles , 20 January 2017


Visit of the US Ambassador at Charles University

On November 15th, 2016, United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic Mr. Andrew Schapiro gave a lecture to a packed hall of students in the Charles University Law Building. The impressive turnout for the event was somewhat unsurprising, given that the main focus of the Ambassador's lecture was the recent US Presidential election.

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Author: Patrick Bracelli , 16 November 2016


The Dangers of Brexit for UK Higher Education

The European Union started off as the European Coal and Steel Community which began in 1950 and aimed to unite numerous European nations both economically and politically. Since then it has developed significantly and now unites Europe’s academics and innovators. In the lead up to Britain’s EU referendum this June, many debates on membership have ignored the current benefits to British higher education and science which would be lost if Britain were to leave.

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Author: Will Chamberlain, 15 April 2016


Who is Funding Your Studies? The Fisher- Bulmer Debate on Philanthropic Support

On the 11th of November the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University invited Professor Martin Bulmer from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom, to discuss philanthropic support for social sciences, in a workshop entitled ‘Interests and Motivations Explaining Philanthropic Support for Social Sciences: the Fisher-Bulmer Debate.’

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Author: Natalie Binz, 20 November 2014


Europe 2020 Strategy – Increase of Student Mobility

With levels of youth unemployment in Europe reaching as high as 23% in 2012 , a key part of the Europe 2020 development strategy is to get Europe’s youth working. The 10 year plan to improve Europe’s economy aims towards “smart, inclusive and sustainable growth” in five key areas; Employment; Research and development; Climate change; Education; and Poverty and social justice.

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Author: Elan Grug Mus - International iForum , 5 November 2013


Academic Night at the Faculty of Arts

On the last Thursday of April, an academic night was held at the main Faculty of Arts building in náměstí Jana Palacha. The night aimed to promote awareness of student activism and to raise intellectual debate concerning the Czech government’s proposed educational reforms, and other wider issues that affected Czech universities and students.

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Author: Bryonie Carolan, 15 May 2013


England has effectively abolished its public university system

Professor Howard Hotson criticizes the British government reforms of higher education. He is a co-author of manifesto In Defence of Public Higher Education which was published by Charles University in czech translation. Professor Hotson visited Prague in November and now you can read an interview with him.

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Author: Mgr. Miroslav Jašurek, RNDr. Věra Šťastná, 19 December 2012


It’s more effective to finance universities using public resources, says Prof. Hotson

The newly established Council for the Defence of British Universities has the following goals: prioritisation of education, defence of traditional academic values and greater autonomy for universities. The Council was introduced to Czechs by Prof. Howard Hotson, a history professor at Oxford University, during his lecture at the Czech Academy of Science on Tuesday 27th of November.

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Author: Petra Köpplová, 28 November 2012






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