The Faculty’s mission and vision
The Faculty of Education is one of the Czech Republic’s leading institutions training future teachers and pedagogical professionals. The key principle underlying the Faculty’s development as a modern education provider is a shift in focus away from quantity and towards quality and the pursuit of strategic goals in its teaching and research activities. Responding flexibly to dynamically changing circumstances, the Faculty is capable of developing new adaptation strategies applicable to its organizational structure, models of education management, research and creative activities, and management of resources and personnel.
In its teaching activities, the Faculty responds to the latest trends – both in terms of content and methodology – at all levels of the education system, and it is able to adapt to new professional requirements created by ongoing legislative changes affecting pedagogical professions. Taking into account the long-term interests of its students, the Faculty applies highly effective forms and methods of teaching – including lifelong learning programmes. It offers an excellent standard of tuition and a wide range of degree subjects on all three levels – Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral – informed by the research conducted by staff at its individual departments. The Faculty is also active in developing all forms of lifelong learning in order to expand students’ existing qualifications, broaden their scope or enable them to specialize in particular areas.
In its research activities, the Faculty’s main priority focus is on supporting teams of scholars as part of research centres working in areas closely related to the Faculty’s goals. The Faculty’s research teams are also active in projects funded via the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education for the programming period 2014–2020.
One of the Faculty’s key areas of focus is the development of strong international links in both teaching and research. The Faculty exploits the potential of its geographical location at the heart of the Czech-Polish-Slovak border region in order to cultivate close links with partner universities in Poland and Slovakia. It also actively supports student and staff mobility (including both academic and non-academic staff), working alongside a range of partner institutions in Europe and beyond to organize student exchanges as well as cultivating research links via joint projects. The Faculty’s individual departments are constantly expanding their range of courses and modules taught in foreign languages, and there is a strong emphasis on language skills for both students and staff.
The Faculty of Education plays an active role in public life and current debates, helping to promote its values and knowledge. As a public institution it is an important player in education policy, and is involved in formulating and implementing education policy on both the regional and national levels.