Beginning as many universities do as a teacher’s college in 1953 the college grew in scope until September 28, 1991 when the University of Ostrava was founded. The University began with a Faculty of Education, a Faculty of Science and a Faculty of Art (humanities). Shortly thereafter a Faculty of Medicine was added and in the early 2000’s the university added a Faculty of Fine Arts and a Faculty of Social Studies making for a six faculty university.
Since then the University of Ostrava has grown to include the European Research Institute for Social Work and the Institute for Research and Applications of Fuzzy Modeling.
Within our Faculty of Science are seven departments, an Environmental Center and the Centre for Research on Natural Science Education and Talent-Management.
Our Faculty of Education houses 14 departments, a Centre for Educational Research, a Centre for Studies of European Identity, a Centre for Studies of Regional Musical Culture, the Human Motion Diagnostic Centre and the Institute for Adult Education and Development.
Our Faculty of Medicine includes 14 departments an Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, an institute of Emergency Medicine, an Institute of Pathology, an Institute of Physiology and Pathophysiology and a Center for Epidemiological Research.
The Faculty of Arts boasts 12 departments a Centre for Economic and Social History, a Centre for the Research of Professional Language, a Regional Studies Center and the Vivarium, Centre for Research in Medieval Society and Culture.
The Faculty of Fine Arts hosts nine departments devoted to music and visual arts. Our Faculty of Social Studies includes a Department of Social Work and a Department of Social Studies.
The University of Ostrava (UO) is a public research university educating nearly 9,000 students in six faculties. Our Faculty of Science, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Social Studies, and Faculty of Education offer a wide variety of disciplines and unconventional combinations of majors.
As a dynamic and intellectually challenging modern institution the University of Ostrava provides an international environment in which to study. Our campus is spread primarily throughout the old city centre providing a stimulating environment to contemplate the living arts and sciences. Teaching at UO is research-driven, and its programmes are often taught by active researchers.
The university is proud to retain lecturers, professors and researchers that are leading figures in their fields of expertise whom are scientists and inspirational and open-minded personalities with a vivid sense of creativity.
The small size of the university and its relative youth (founded in 1991) allows for a strongly individual approach to our students and flexible reactions to the needs of a modern society and labour market. The university offers high quality education and many possibilities for those who wish to fulfil their visions: whether in language study, founding a student organisation, or gaining practical experience. The university actively searches for opportunities for students to raise their qualifications and help them commence their careers.
The University of Ostrava has established cooperation with several local organisations (such as a local studio of the public Czech Television) that provide students with valuable work experience. Community engagement is an integral part of the university’s mission of education and research. The UO and its faculties, student organisations and scientific institutes establish and promote hundreds of public events every year; which include free workshops, lectures, seminars, experiential events, scientific adventures, charitable events, international gatherings, sporting and cultural events, art exhibitions, happenings, alumni reunions, concerts, and theatre plays.
The University of Ostrava is an essential part of the city and its social life, and continues to cooperate with a steadily increasing number of cultural organisations and local institutions.
A quality university must reflect the current momentum of development in science and research. This reflection is needed not only in order to maintain the trend in the quality of scientific work (basic research) but is also associated with transfer of its applicable results into the economic sphere (applied research). Finally, it is crucial for education itself. It increases the employability and competitiveness of graduates at all levels of university studies, while playing an absolutely crucial role in doctoral studies. An analysis of trends in R&D points to a growing share of larger research teams in the production of leading scientific outputs with an international impact, including the increase in citations in the literature. Creating and ensuring sustainability of such teams (either at the university or in collaboration with other institutions) must remain a top priority as based on previous experience (IRAFM, LSRC, Vivarium, etc.), it can be stated that the existing teams bring the university considerable financial resources from national, but mostly international grants and institutional funding. At the same time, it would be very risky to focus exclusively on few partial areas that are currently popular and to neglect new areas of research that could become trends in the future or areas that apparently help solving social problems of our region, with their applicability extending into other countries. It is therefore necessary to have such quality assessment tools that will enable us to identify and develop strategic areas in which we can achieve excellence and thus results with a high social benefit. This notion is entirely in line with the concept of the Long-Term Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Education of the CR (and also reflects the newly developed IPN methodology), which reflects the efficiency of spending on R&D with respect to the quality, utility, and relevance of such activities. These criteria are most likely to be increasingly reflected in the funding of tertiary education and in the accreditation of degree programmes. In addition, it is assumed that the priorities of the support for excellence in research will be largely based on a strategy based on key international, national, and regional documents.
Therefore, the main objective of the university for the following periods must be active creation of conditions and opportunities for intensive development and sustainability of promising scientific teams with results at the international level. Such conditions can help the University of Ostrava to obtain permanent foreign researchers and to involve them in international networks and research and development projects (for instance, the current priorities are the challenges of Horizon 2020). Another strategic objective is to prepare a system solution enabling transfer of high-quality scientific results into educational activities (particularly in doctoral studies) and into the application sphere. We aim to purposefully create an image of the University of Ostrava as an academic workplace producing top scientific results. The UO must become an equal partner of top-ranking universities and other scientific institutions both in the Czech Republic and abroad. To this end, the university will promote cooperation with other universities and research institutions in the Czech Republic and abroad with aim to transfer experience and to share teaching, research, and development capacities. Although it is important to focus predominantly on the main directions of research in which the UO achieves excellent results at an international level, it is also necessary to promote creative areas which are capable of solving crucial social problems.
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The University of Ostrava J. Opletal Halls of Residence may accommodate up to 564 students. The dormitories are located in the Silesian Ostrava city quarter. The centre of the city is approximately 5 minutes by trolleybus or 10 minutes on foot from the dormitories.
The J. Opletal Halls of residence offer double or quadruple rooms with shared bathrooms in the hallways. There is a buffet on the campus that offers a hot breakfast, lunch and dinner and small workout gym.
Our main library is located in the heart of Ostrava offering students study rooms, books and periodicals, copying services and meeting rooms. Each of our faculties also has a study room available to students.
Our Centre for Information technology offers IT support to students. We also participate in the worldwide Eduroam project providing Wi-Fi in many spots throughout the campus and city.
Healthcare facilities are located off campus.
Our campus is the city of Ostrava; housed within recently renovated historical buildings or newly built structures our faculties, library and administrative buildings are spread throughout the city. Excellent public transportation or bike rental means you will be commuting with Czech office workers, school kids and others going about their daily routine. In-between your student commute are many cafes and restaurants in which to contemplate the arts and sciences. The city is at your disposal.
Body - Energy – Movement is the name of our student fitness program (in Czech, TEP: Tělo – Energie – Pohyb). Available to the entire academic community (students and employees) access to fitness facilities and sports are significantly less expensive and, in some cases, free of charge.
There are countless different sports in the TEP program and this offer is constantly updated according to both the interest and the season. For example, throughout the year you can play squash or improve on your yoga, in winter, ski and snowboard courses are available and water sports exist in the summer.
The number one club for our international students is the Erasmus Student Network of Ostrava. This group of dedicated volunteers create weekly programs for you to get to know other students, learn about Czech culture and share your own. This community will be the first to embrace you as you get adjusted to your new environment.
After some time, you might be looking for something else and want to make use of the Czech language you are learning; try reaching out to one of the following clubs:
The SUS is a non-profit student organization which develops and implement some of the biggest student events throughout the year.
A student magazine published for students whom are interested in; the cultural scene in Ostrava and beyond, science and technology, art, architecture, fashion, comics, and poetry.
The world's largest youth-run organization. It is an international non-governmental that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships, and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe.
ČASP is a voluntary non-profit association with our Faculty of Arts. Its main objectives include promoting communication and collaboration among students of psychology, supporting student activities aimed at the general public, developing cooperation with professional organizations and promoting psychology and building its good name. The Association is a member of the European Federation of Psychological Student Associations and the Czech Councils of Children and Youth.
The Czechoslovak Medic Association (CSSM) is a non-profit organization within the Faculty of Medicine. Its members gain experience in organizing various events and communicating with professionals from different professions.
IFMSA is the largest organization bringing together medical students from 101 countries around the world. It was established in 2011 At the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ostrava and it has participated in the World Aids Day project.
The SSG is a student association within the Faculty of Science’s Department of Social Geography and Regional Development and the Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology. The main idea is to create such activities so that students have a chance to get acquainted with each other across classes and disciplines, to organize actions that enhance the outlook and to create a platform for dealing with the leadership of the departments representing the students.
SOVA aims to popularize natural sciences for students and the public through a wide range of expert and popular science activities. As part of its activities, it helps students to process collected data into the final work, whether statistical or spatial data. Guests from different parts of the country are invited to lecture on their foreign scientific expeditions or discuss interesting topics from the biology and ecology environment. Last but not least, SOVA participates in the popularization of the university through interesting lectures on the soil of the secondary schools of the Moravian-Silesian Region.
Zebra is student run association within the Faculty of Social Studies which aims to bring social work into practice. They screen movies with human-legal themes, organize interactive workshops, talks and various benefit events as well as supporting students during stressful learning times.
Czech Ministry of Education Youth and Sports.
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At the start it was a bit rough to adjust to the accommodation and language barrier between native people. But attending language course and events to find friends that are also on Erasmus, helped a lot with both of these issues. Maybe a bit more clear instructions about the first days would be helpful for people that have never been on a longer stay in foreign country.