Charles University founded in 1348 is one of the oldest universities in the world and nowadays belongs to the most eminent educational and scientific establishments in the Czech Republic 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.
Charles University now consists of 17 faculties (14 in Prague, two in Hradec Králové, and one in Plzeň), three university institutes, 6 other departments for teacjing, scientific, research, development and other creative activities, 5 administrative centres serving the whole university. Overall, Charles University employs more than 7,500 people, more then 4000 of these are academic and research workers.
Today, almost 49,000 students are studying at Charles University (approximately one fifth of all the students in the Czech Republic) in more than 300 accredited degree programmes with roughly 660 study subject. More than 15,500 students are taking bachelor´s degree programmes, around 26,000 students are studying for master´s degrees, and over 7,000 students are in PhD programs. There are more than 6,000 foreign students. Over 7,000 participants graduate from continuing education courses every year.
Scientific and research activities form the basis on which the doctoral and master´s programs are based at Charles University. Scientific results of Charles University workplaces measured by the amount of financial means provided to universities in the Czech Republic make approximately one third of this financial means. Charles University aims to be recognized as a competitive research university on the world stage.
Charles University stresses international cooperation with prestigious educational and scientific establishments. Charles University has entered into 730 bilateral contracts in the framework of the EU LLP/Erasmus Programme and approximately 190 international partnerships agreements with foreign universities.
Charles University is an accredited public university, it is an autonomous scientific and educational establishment. The rector is head of Charles University; the Academic Senate is the supreme self-regulating academic organ. Other organs: the Academic Council and bursar, the Board of Directors is responsible for implementation of public interest in Charles University activities, the Senate consisting of vice-rectors, bursar and chancellor makes the consultative body of the rector. The deans are heads of faculties which are independent to a large extent; other parts of Charles University are managed by their directors.