The Faculty of Informatics was established in 1994 as the first faculty of its kind in the Czech Republic; it was thus in many ways a prototype for similar faculties subsequently established at other Czech universities. Studies at the faculty are structured as an interdisciplinary system which allows students in individual fields to select specializations according to personal interests. The faculty is dedicated to educating informatics specialists with excellent prospects for carrying out conceptual and technical tasks essential for the information society in the third millennium.
Not only is the Faculty of Informatics one of the leading research and development institutions in the Czech Republic, it is also a significant player on an international scale. The faculty therefore participates in a range of national and international research grants and projects. The faculty’s featured research activities include highly parallel and distributed computer systems as well as a range of other topics in the field of computer science: theoretical informatics, quantum informatics, database systems, image analysis and computer graphics, computer networks, computer literary and data search, software architecture, information systems, information technology services, advanced hardware systems and natural language processing.
Intensive international collaboration in research and development is also taking place thanks to a number of international projects. The faculty also hosts a growing number of significant international conferences and meetings with world-renowned experts lecturing on latest research findings, particularly during the traditional Informatics Colloquia. At the national level, the faculty cooperates with leading institutions in informatics and related fields, particularly with those affiliated with the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
The faculty offers a wide range of fields of study in Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degree programmes. The Informatics and Applied Informatics Bachelor’s degree programmes provide basic insight into informatics at a university level, while Master’s degree programmes offer three fields of study and an array of specializations ranging from theoretical informatics to information systems, natural language processing and graphic design. Doctoral students of the Informatics doctoral degree programme may subsequently expand their research and development activities in virtually any informatics field with the help of experienced supervisors. Studies at the faculty are frequently interlinked with research activities. Talented Master’s and doctoral degree programme students are welcome to utilize specialized research laboratories and directly participate in a variety of faculty-organized research activities and creative projects.
The Faculty of Informatics has developed and is currently operating the Masaryk University Information System (IS MU), a unique platform which comprises a range of study-related administrative applications and e-learning features. In 2005, as the first higher education institution in Central and Eastern Europe, Masaryk University and the IS MU received the prestigious EUNIS Elite Award.
The faculty offers a broad and modern concept of studies and strives to ensure that its graduates will be able to choose from a wide selection of employment options. Studies are designed to provide students with thorough scientific preparation and a strong theoretical basis in individual fields. Graduates are thus not restricted to mere practical mastery of specific tools and methods, but are fully capable of understanding the underlying principles and using relevant tools and systems independently. This in turn affords them an advantageous position on the job market, enabling them to react creatively to revolutionary changes taking place in modern-day informatics.
Facts and figures
- A total of 2,270 students are enrolled at the faculty: 1,348 in Bachelor’s degree programmes, 806 in Master’s degree programmes and 116 in doctoral degree programmes (as of 31 October 2014).
- The faculty consists of 4 departments and employs a total of 228 academic and non-academic workers including 16 professors and 22 associate professors.
- Instruction is provided by a total of 172 teaching staff including 99 MU employees, 7 students and 66 external faculty members.
- A total of 2,870 applicants for studies were registered in 2014; 1,441 were subsequently accepted.
- A total of 50 disabled students are enrolled at the faculty (2011/2012 academic year).
- The number of outgoing students stands at 58, the number of incoming students from abroad is 3 (2011/2012 academic year).
- A total of 550 students graduated from the faculty in 2014: 260 from Bachelor’s programmes, 276 from Master’s programmes and 14 from doctoral programmes.
- Faculty graduates are extremely successful on the job market (see Graduate employment record).
- Since 1995, a total of 6,199 students have graduated from the faculty.