Masaryk University was founded in 1919 in Brno, one year after the foundation of Czechoslovakia, with the support of the first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.
Its mission is to create and disseminate knowledge, thus enhancing the quality of life and fostering cultural growth in the community. Today Masaryk University is the second-largest public university in the Czech Republic with over 35,000 students in nine faculties: Arts, Economics and Administration, Education, Informatics, Law, Medicine, Science, Social Studies, and Sports Studies.
Masaryk University uses the ECTS system of credits. In the last few years, a new campus was built in order to enhance research and teaching capacity of the university which is scattered in historical buildings over the city center. The new international research center CEITEC (Central European Institute of Technology) facilitates the development of tools for knowledge transfer and innovation. The university participates in a wide range of international research collaborations, mobility activities, and international teaching programs all over the world. In 2012 Masaryk University was awarded the EAIE (European Association of International Education) Institutional Award for innovation in internationalization.
Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Education was established in 1946 as the fifth faculty of Masaryk University. Its mission is to prepare teachers for kindergarten, primary schools, lower secondary, and upper secondary schools. Apart from teacher training programs, the faculty focuses on inclusive education, social education, and multicultural education. The institution offers a wide range of lifelong learning programs and short-term courses specifically tailored to the current needs of teachers and schools. It educates more than 4,500 students both in full-time and part-time study programs. Graduates are successful educators – teachers, teacher assistants, school psychologists, special education teachers, adult trainers, mentors and community workers, and internationally recognized researches.
The Faculty of Education research centers and departments collaborate with international university partners, Czech governmental bodies, international institutions such as UNHCR and local Roma NGOs, leisure time centers, eco-friendly organizations, galleries, etc. The Faculty of Education reaches out to the community through a number of community-oriented projects such as empowering minority children at schools, supporting disadvantaged groups though its developmental projects.
The Faculty of Education at Masaryk University is an up and coming faculty at the university. It has recently focused on internationalizing the curriculum and has started to reach out to other universities across the globe to organize exciting Exchange/partnership possibilities that the faculty and students can take advantage of.