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Ceska Zemedelska Univerzita v Praze
Prague, Czech Republic


University description (as per official university website)

For more than a century our university has been the centre of higher education
in agricultural and forestry sciences in the central European region of Bohemia.
Today, in harmony with global trends, our university's Faculty of Agrobiology, Food
and Natural Resources, our Institute of Tropics and Subtropics (the only educational
and research institute of such kind in the Czech Republic), as well as our two new Faculties
of Environmental Sciences & Forestry and Wood Sciences respectively, are putting
more and more emphasis on educating students in the crucial areas of safety in the food
chain and protection of the biosphere, including sustainable land and water management.
Our Faculty of Engineering also educates graduates in ecologically sound waste
management, environmentally friendly road vehicle management and alternative energy
production (i.e. solar cell technology). Finally, the Faculty of Economics and Management,
by far the largest Faculty of the university, offers its graduates more courses focusing
on the rural sectors of economy and on modern, up-to-date management of private
and corporate as well as state enterprises. Our university educates future leaders who will
be mindful of our planet´s natural resources, as well as related socio-economic and
environmental issues.

CULS Prague is situated on a large and beautifully landscaped campus in a quiet
and study-friendly environment. It is a temporary home for nearly 17,000 students who,
together with over 1000 faculty and staff members, including visiting scholars, form a true
academic forum. The number of our students has nearly doubled in less than ten years.
CULS Prague has thus become one of the most popular higher education institutions
in the Czech Republic. This has been corroborated by the latest international evaluation,
carried out between 2005 and 2006. Our undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates
usually have no problems finding good jobs in the business and management sectors
of society, in national and international trade, in the food production and processing
industry, in landscaping, horticultural and forestry enterprises, in educational and
development projects in the emerging economies, etc.

Students and professors from the EU, as well as from other countries, frequently visit our
university, to share their experience in lectures, international conferences and workshops.
Our students and staff members travel to universities abroad for the same reason.
I hope this fruitful exchange of learning, in a network spanning virtually the whole world,
will also write a new chapter in your life.

The modern history of our university starts with the establishment of a Department of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences at the Czech Polytechnics University in 1906.
In 1920, a thorough restructuring of the Czech Polytechnics University took place and the Department of Agriculture became a Faculty. The College of Agriculture and Forestry (VSZL) became part of the new Czech Technical University in Prague (CVUT). The Department of Forestry was established as part of the CVUT already in 1919. Later on it became part of the VSZL.

On 8 July 1952 the VSZL became a state university, the University of Agriculture (Vysoká škola zemědělská, VSZ). On the one hand, generous support given in those days by the communist government to agricultural education benefited the VSZ. On the other hand, the implication of the process of agricultural collectivisation remains, from the sociological as well as economical point of view, a controversial issue. Until approximately 1959, most of the VSZ curricula had been geared towards teaching students collectivistic and centrally planned methods of agriculture, very similar to the curricula taught in the former Soviet Union. The Faculty of Forestry remained part of the CVUT from 1952 to 1959. Only after a transitional period of two years did it become part of the VSZ Prague. Later it was transformed into a scientific institute for forestry research. In the 1960´s the VSZ grew in size and it moved, in 1965, to its present location in Suchdol, a small township about six kilometres from downtown Prague, on its north western outskirts.

After the demise of the communistic regime in 1989 and the peaceful partition of Czechoslovakia into Czech Republic and Slovak Republic in 1993, universities in the Czech Republic received the status of public institutions, fully supported by the state. Many legislative and executive responsibilities, formerly assumed by the state ministries, would henceforward be assumed solely by university Rectors, Scientific and Management Boards as well as Academic Senates. Nevertheless, all study programmes are accredited by an official state body, the National Accreditation Commission, whose members are nominated by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports HEI Section. The conception and implementation of the study programmes largely depends on the university's legislative body.

In line with the Bologna Process a three tier educational system (BSc, MSc, PhD) was progressively implemented at the university. Its full implementation was finalised by 2000. The Faculty of Forestry became once again part of the VSZ and moved to its present building in Suchdol in 1997. In January 1995 VSZ was renamed and became known as Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze (ČZU) or Czech University of Agriculture Prague (CUA).

In January 2007 the official English name of the university changed to Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS), reflecting the full scope of its modern educational and research objectives. As of 1 July 2007 the former Faculty of Forestry and Environment was divided into two specialised Faculties, namely the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences.

Main University Regulations
The Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS Prague), its Faculties and Institutes, ensure higher education within the framework of accredited study programmes. These study programmes are accredited by CULS internal regulations and subsequently approved by the Accreditation Commission of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic, in accordance with EU regulations.

The Bachelor study programmes are meant for specific professional purposes as well as a platform for subsequent Master study programmes. The undergraduate is awarded the Czech academic title “Bc.“ The standard study period is 3 years.

The Master and the follow up Master study programmes are meant for acquiring theoretical knowledge and mastering its practical application. The Master graduate is awarded the Czech academic title “Ing”. The standard study period is 2 years for the follow up Master programmes and 5 years for the complete Master programmes.

The Doctorate (PhD) Study Programme is meant for scientific research and independent creative activities within the framework of research and development. The graduate is awarded the academic title “PhD”. The standard study period is 3 years.

Bachelor and Master study programmes are concluded by the defence of a diploma thesis before an examination board and a final state examination. PhD students must defend their scientific research in a dissertation thesis.

The academic year starts September 1st and ends August 31st. It is divided into pre-semester, study, examination and vacation periods. The pre-semester period is used for second sessions examinations (re-sit) and enrolment to higher study levels. The study period is divided into a winter and a spring semester. The duration of one semester is generally 14 weeks. The last semester of the Bachelor or Master programme has weeks. The examination periods follow the winter/summer semester study periods and usually last 5 weeks. It is compulsory for students, during the examination period following each semester, to attend at least one examination in each subject. A student who has not registered for examination in due time is qualified as having failed.

There are two (2) forms of study attendance: 1) daily attendance and 2) distance attendance. For students registered as daily attendants presence at seminars and exercises is compulsory.

Foreign students are accepted only within the daily attendance form of study.

Registration for studies of specific study programmes and subsequent enrolment/ matriculation of prospective students is regulated by law, in Art. 48 and Art. 49; Act No. 111/1998 on Higher Education in the Czech Republic.

The study and examination rules for Bachelor and Master study-programmes are issued in accordance with Article 17, subsection 1, letter f) of the Act No. 111/1998 Coll. on Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and on Modifications and Amendments of other Acts and in accordance with Art. 18 of the CULS Prague Statute as an internal regulation of the CULS Prague.

Study and examination rules are compulsory for all students at Bachelor, Master and follow up Master programmes levels, in PhD study programmes and for the academic staff and other employees taking part in the pedagogical activities carried out at the CULS, its faculties and higher education institutes within the framework of accredited study programmes.

Results of examinations are assessed by a scale ranging from: A (Excellent or 1); B (Very Good or 2); D (Good or 3); F (Failed or 4).

A student who has failed at the first examination session may present him/herself for another session. However a maximum of two second-session examinations is allowed.

In specific cases a student may ask to follow an individual study programme after consulting with his/her Faculty dean and/or study adviser.

Upon request a student may leave the CULS for another Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the Czech Republic or abroad, change faculties within the CULS, choose another study programme or study form. If and how such a request will be treated will be assessed and consequently decided upon by the Dean of the respective faculty.

In accordance with Art. 55 of the Czech Act on Higher Education, studies at the CULS are concluded with a final state examination.

Czech students and students within the Erasmus Exchange programme do not pay any tuition fees at CULS Prague. Czech students pay a nominal fee of CZK 550, - at enrolment. Erasmus Students are exempt and do not pay this fee.

Foreign students from Asia, Africa, North America and South America who enrol in one of the English Study Programmes offered by CULS Prague are expected to pay a tuition fee, which will be determined by the faculty in which they enrol. The tuition fee usually amounts to about EUR 3, 500.- per academic year. However, the tuition fee may be waived for students who come to study at CULS Prague within specific EU development programmes, such as Erasmus Mundus, Tempus etc. Foreign students from the above mentioned regions who wish to enrol in one of the Czech language study programmes are also exempt from paying a tuition fee.

For detailed information on CULS Prague Study and Examination rules consult your study advisor,
or you can find Student examination rules below this article.

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (formerly of Agriculture) provides public higher education (in accordance with the Law on Schools of Higher Learning No. 111/1998 Coll.). In 2006 it celebrated its centenary anniversary.

Let´s note briefly some of the most important facts. As early as in 1776, lectures in economic sciences were introduced at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University in Prague. In 1812 the Chair
of Economy was associated with the Czech Polytechnics on the basis of the Court Decree of 17th December. The first lectures in forestry sciences were launched in autumn 1848.

The history proper of our University started with the establishment of the Agricultural Department at the Czech Technical University (CVST) in 1906 by the Decree of Emperor Franz Joseph as of 26th
October. An outstanding agricultural expert Professor Stoklasa was appointed Dean. The studies took four years and the establishment of the department was the fulfillment of many years of efforts towards the establishment of a Czech agricultural school of higher learning. Since its very beginning (1906/07) the school was very active, not least due to the devotion of both the lecturers and the students. The World War I, however, slowed its development down slightly but the nation´s liberation and the foundation of an independent state contributed substantially to the school´s prosperity.

The post-war reforms which concerned education as well, resulted in a change of the CVST structure.
The then agricultural department was reformed in 1920 into an Agriculture and Forestry (Engineering) School of Higher Learning (VSZLI). It should still be noted that the year before (1919) the Ministry of Education established by its Decree of 12 March 1919 the forestry department at the CVST which was thereafter transferred into the newly established VSZLI. The school, then located in the Groebe Villa at Havlíčkovy sady (Park), had been extremely short of space for all the time. In 1932, therefore, the construction of a new building at the Dejvice district of Prague was hammered through, and the school moved there relatively very soon - in 1936.

The years of the Nazi occupation and the year 1948 were not favourable for the development of education and they had a negative effect upon the studies of agricultural sciences. Outstanding experts were made leave and dissident students were persecuted.

The independent University of Agriculture in Prague, formerly part of the Czech Technical University in Prague, was established by the Government Decree of 8 July 1952. On the one hand the generous state support of agricultural education was positive of the new organisation of learning and research, on the other hand the political character of the climate and the education of experts to meet the needs of collectivisation should not be overlooked, particularly when its effect for the national economy proved to be at least dubious in historical retrospect. Up to about 1959 the school operated with faculties which were aimed at materializing the new agricultural policy. The Faculty of Forestry then remained as part of the Czech Technical University (1952-1959), and after a transition period under the administration of the University of Agriculture it was transformed in 1964 into a Scientific Institute of Forestry.

In the 1960´s the University developed step by step. The fourth faculty of the University started work at České Budějovice in the academic year 1960-61. In the first half of the 1960´s the entire University of Agriculture in Prague moved into the newly built campus at Suchdol in the Prague outskirts. It should be noted that the campus is still under continuing construction and the original intention of establishing a respectable centre of education for several thousand students had been generous from the very beginning.

From 1952 the studies were a five-year course while the new Act on Schools of Higher Learning
39/1980 Coll. changed the period of studies to four years. Since 1990 the full course study time has again been changed to take five years, and in 1993 the three-year Bachelor Degree studies were introduced. Since 1998, in line with Act 111/1998 Coll. a two-tier study system has been introduced at all faculties of the University.

In 1990 the Faculty of Forestry was restored completely and became an integral part of the University.
In 1997 the Faculty of Forestry moved into its own newly constructed building within the University campus.

As of 1 January 1995 the University of Agriculture in Prague was transformed in line with Act 192/1994 Coll. into the Czech University of Agriculture in Prague.

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