East and Central European Studies Program at Charles University, Faculty of Arts

East and Central European Studies Program at Charles University, Faculty of Arts


you as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts it is my responsibility to continue pushing the faculty forward in terms of international cooperation and engagement the East and Central European Studies program is our best example of large-scale international cooperation outside of Europe with more than 300 international students enrolling at the Faculty each year enrolling international students at the Faculty of Arts for short-term programs gives our local students and department the opportunity to engage with viewpoints and ideas otherwise not present within the faculty likewise for our incoming ECS students were able to provide immersive academic and cultural experiences at the most historic institution in Central Europe I chose to study here in Prague Czech Republic because I thought that it would be a great way to learn about Eastern and Western political and cultural perspectives it’s a perfect clash between the two since it’s right in the middle and on top of that it has a great cultural mix between students locals and even tourism it’s not as overwhelmed compared to many other destinations and so there’s still a very harmonious mix well I think that it is very important to study a language of the country where you stay and the format that this program has for Czech is quite reasonable we have two weeks of intensive course which is mandatory and the students can I choose checkers one of those semester courses like of course isn’t easy it is for them for students quite different experience ba able to communicate in those basic situations of everyday life I would also mention the cultural aspect of the studies because we try to implement those cultural aspects into the study of language and so we talk about check customs we talk about different important persons of Shiki story about geographical aspects of a Czech Republic also teach students songs in my classes because it is also a part of Czech culture the program is first and foremost an academic program which draws on the wealth of academic resources that the Faculty of Arts offers through its teachers and affiliates and of course we are interested in quality so in order to ensure quality and also the intellectual richness and breadth the program relies on its own academic board that’s a small group of distinguished professors from the Faculty of Arts and the the main job of this board is to select the courses that will be offered in any given semester which means that every single course goes through a rigorous review and cannot be put on the roster without the seal of approval of this board in all of this we are really following two aims one of course is to attract foreign students through a course selection that is both high in quality and unique in its content but that goes hand-in-hand with the other aim which is to showcase the academic richness and strength of our faculty and its commitment to teaching to foreign students in areas that are focused on Central and Eastern European themes through a multitude of perspectives we believe and I think that our past experience confirms this that there are great benefits in this approach both for the students and the teachers because through this approach we learn to understand each other to understand cultural differences but at the same time to search for what connects us in order to help this along we strive to incorporate experiential learning as an essential part of all our courses and in general to create good conditions for free and active intellectual engagement Charles University was founded in the year 1314 a and faculty of art is one of the four founding faculties of the University charge University was the first University in Central Europe and ever since its founding it served as very important intellectual center and we are of course proud of our history we are trying to make use of it but at the same time I think it is important to stress this we are not dwelling in the past we know that what we have to do is to build University for present and for the future and therefore we are so proud of international connections therefore we are struggling to build a network of partners in Europe and outside Europe and therefore we are also so glad that international students are coming to our faculty because they always ask different questions they always bring him ideas and they inspire our academics and our own students [Music] you

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