Swimmer Lenka Štěrbová – From the English Channel to medicine

Lenka Štěrbová began swimming when she was four; 12 years later, she became the youngest Czech to swim the English Channel. Today, she dreams of taking on the Channel again but just a little later in her sports career. This time there and back.

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Marcela Uhlíková, 3 September 2020


I live for hockey but it’s important to have a backup plan

CU student and Slavia Prague hockey player Jaroslav Brož had never had such a long break: not until the outbreak of Covid-19. As the country locked down in March, no one knew what would come next.

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Jiří Novák, 19 August 2020


Kubová: the pandemic prolonged my swimming career

Originally, Charles University’s Simona Kubová had hoped to be competing this summer for her first Olympic medal in Tokyo. The coronavirus pandemic, however, saw an end to that.

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Jiří Novák, 13 August 2020


At the top of her game: field hockey and medicine

Originally, she wanted to be a ballerina but 24-year-old Lucie Ledvinová, a fifth-year student at CU’s First Faculty of Medicine, choose field hockey cleats over pointe shoes. Ledvinová, who is with the top flight club SK Slavia Prague, has been playing the game since she was a pre-schooler.

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Marcela Uhlíková, 29 July 2020


Alessandro Testa: Researching the revival of religiosity

Italian scientist Alessandro Testa has already written three book-length monographs. The works, published in Italian, focus on the relationship between ancient myths and modern mythology, folk carnivals and the history of religiosity in the region he himself comes from.

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Martin Rychlík, 10 June 2020


From students on the front lines to pilots delivering medical supplies

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out large numbers of volunteers across the country, offering help in a time of unprecedented crisis.

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Jan Velinger, 21 April 2020


“The response by volunteers to our online initiative was immediate”

Students at Charles University’s medical faculties wasted little time pooling their strengths in the face of the emerging crisis.

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Jan Velinger, 19 March 2020


Rector Henrik C. Wegener on universities, alliances and the coronavirus

Work groups from six universities within the 4EU+ European university alliance met recently in Copenhagen to move forward with some of the project’s key aims.

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Jan Velinger, 9 March 2020






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