Charles University in Prague - computer science taught in English

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague, draws on its high reputation in the international arena and introduces a prestigious course in computer science in English.

In 1952, when the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, became a separate entity from the Faculty of Science, no one could have anticipated that after sixty years it would become one of the most powerful scientific institutions in the Czech Republic. Conscious of its position in the Czech Republic, but also abroad, the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, with the arrival of its new dean Prof. Kratochvíl in September 2012, has begun vigorous promotion of bachelor's and master's study programs in computer science with English as the language of instruction. Attention will primarily be focused on students from the UK and selected Asian countries, who are seeking an opportunity to work abroad or gain a foothold in a multinational corporation.

A ceremony unveiling this exciting new development took place on Monday 3 December from 13:00 at the recently renovated Baroque refectory on the Lesser Town Square (Malostranské náměstí) in the historical building of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. It was attended by foreign ambassadors and their representatives, from countries such as China, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Chile, Tchai-wan, South Africa, Mexico and Italy, and also by representatives of major technology companies.

Those present were welcomed by Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Prof. RNDr. Jan Kratochvíl, CSc. Ceremonial speeches was given by Rector of Charles University, Prof. RNDr. Václav Hampl, DrSc. and by former Dean of the First Faculty of Medicine at Charles University, Prof. MUDr. Tomáš Zima, DrSc., MBA, under whom the First Faculty of Medicine expanded its range of highly successful programs by offering general medicine and dentistry courses in English.

The new computer science degree programs at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics was presented by Vice Dean for Education, Doc. Mgr. Petr Kolman, Ph.D., who further revealed, “We shall also be launching a new promotional video, featuring Prof. Nešetřil, Head of the Computer Science Institute of Charles University, and winner of the Medal of Merit in Science, state decoration of the Czech Republic.”

Computer science at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University recently enjoyed another global success story. As part of their practical work students at the faculty developed the BIRD routing system, which has become the most widely used tool of its kind among internet peering centres around the world this year. This way, the BIRD routing system affects 40–50% of internet traffic today.

“We believe that this success has helped raise the profile of Charles University in the eyes of the world and convinces more international applicants to study at our faculty. The influx of non-resident students will surely be enriched by other students and teachers, for it will foster intensive development of student exchanges under such programs as Erasmus,” said current Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Jan Kratochvíl.

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