Charles University (Univerzita Karlova) is the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic. Founded in 1348, it was the first university in the Holy Roman Empire and in Central Europe in general. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe.
Charles University currently contains 17 faculties at the University (14 in Prague, 2 in Hradec Králové and 1 in Plzeň), plus 3 institutes, 6 other centres of teaching, research, development and other creative activities, a centre providing information services, 5 facilities serving the whole University, and the Rectorate – which is the executive management body for the whole University.
Charles University is an accredited public university. The University has more than 8,000 employees; of this number, almost 4,700 are academic and research staff. Cca 51,500 students study at Charles University in more than 300 accredited degree programmes. Almost 20,000 are studying in Bachelor's programmes, cca 15,000 in long-cycle Master's degree programmes, almost 10,000 in follow-on Master’s degree programmes and cca 8,000 in Ph.D. degree programmes. Over 7,000 students are from abroad.
Charles University stresses international cooperation with prestigious educational and scientific establishments. Charles University has entered into more than 450 bilateral agreements and 190 international partnerships with foreign universities.
It belongs to the most eminent educational and scientific establishments in Central Europe which are recognized in both the European and global context. It is an outstanding cultural institution due to its scientific and pedagogical results and its unique historical tradition.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities – the “Shanghai League”, which every year compares more than 1,000 of the world’s best universities (selected from a total of over 17,000 institutions), has repeatedly included Charles University in the third hundred, i.e. among the 2 per cent top universities in the world and one of the 100 best universities in Europe.
Charles University homepage: www.cuni.cz