Press kit

Establishment

The university was established by an act of law on 28 January 1919. It was founded as the second Czech university, in large part thanks to the endeavour of Czechoslovak president Tomáš G. Masaryk, whose name it now bears. The funding of Masaryk University was one of the first achievements carried out by the newly independent Czechoslovak state. Read more about the university history.

Faculties

Masaryk University is comprised of nine faculties, two university institutes and approximately 200 departments. It is one of the three largest employers in the South Moravian region. Teaching staff account for a full 2,000 of the overall total of over 5,000 employees.

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Students and alumni

Over 180,000 graduates successfully completed their studies at MU since the university’s founding. Nearly 35,000 students are currently enrolled, including over 7,000 internationals.

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Budget

In 2015, the university managed assets worth over 16 billion CZK.

Achievements

ERC grants

The most prestigious European research grant was recently awarded to three Masaryk University researchers: virologist Pavel Plevko, biologist Richard Štefl and lawyer David Kosař.

Plagiarism detection system

Online portals theses.cz, odevzdej.cz and pravydiplom.cz are designed to detect plagiarism in submitted research papers and final theses and help with diploma authentication. Originally developed by Masaryk University IT specialists, they are now used by a range of other universities as well as the general public.

Successful acquisition of European funding

The university has been exceptionally successful with respect to acquiring funding from key EU operational programmes: Research and Development for Innovation and Education for Competitiveness. In the case of the former, MU acquired a record-breaking 6.3 billion CZK, i.e. the largest share among Czech universities. In the case of the latter, MU acquired 3.3 billion CZK, only second to the sum obtained by Palacký University.

Cutting-edge instrumentation

State-of- the-art facilities available to MU researchers and students include e.g. the most powerful nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer in Central and Eastern Europe, a laboratory for experimental research in the humanities, a private television studio and a radio station.

Microorganism collection

Masaryk University experts manage the Czech Collection of Microorganisms which holds a total of 3,400 bacterial strains, approximately 800 strains of filamentous fungi and several dozen strains of yeasts and bacteriophages. The public service collection serves primary as a gene bank. The oldest cultures were isolated by microbiologists over a hundred years ago.

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Location

The university owns a number of historic downtown buildings, many of which have been renovated in recent years.

Three of its nine faculties are located at the University Campus Bohunice, a facility unique in terms of both size and invested funding. It consists of nearly 40 buildings erected over the course of a decade at a total cost of seven billion CZK. The campus is now home to 5,000 students and 1,500 employees.

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Further information

Additional details are to be found in the current annual report or in the relevant section of the university website.

Our activities

Changes in Antarctic climate and vegetation

The university operates the Johann Gregor Mendel polar station on James Ross Island. Each year climatologists and other specialists travel to Antarctica to monitor the impact of global climate change on glaciers, monitor the development of temperatures and examine local flora and fauna. Scientists and students also carry out research in the Arctic, repeatedly returning to explore Svalbard.

Cyber security

The KYPO Cyber Exercise & Research Platform at the Faculty of Informatics is designed for testing attacks on computer networks including power stations or mobile operators. The centre functions as a learning centre for personnel from the National Security Authority and organizations such as NATO. Cyber security specialists from the Faculty of Law focus specifically on legal issues associated with the rapidly changing nature of our information society.

Toxic substances and their impact on human health and the environment

The RECETOX centre monitors harmful substances in all environmental components, i.e. water, soil and air. Experts monitor e.g. how water quality deteriorates due to the presence of residual antibiotics, contraception or detergents. RECETOX functions as a national centre for toxic substances, monitoring e.g. the incidence of persistent organic pollutants. These substances constitute a significant problem especially due to their long-term presence in the environment. The centre is also dedicated to developing new ways of detecting and examining these pollutants.

Inclusive education

Masaryk University’s Support Centre for Students with Special Needs was the first such university facility in the Czech Republic. The centre provides services to students with physical, sensory and mental disabilities. As pioneers of inclusion in education, we also aim to spread this approach among future teachers.

Horizons of history

Historians, archaeologists and anthropologists examine our history from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages to the modern day. Significant achievements include excavations carried out at archaeological sites in Dolní Věstonice, Pohansko near Břeclav and Těšetice-Kyjovice near Znojmo and publications on key Czech medieval figures.

Cancer diagnosis and therapy

Experts from the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science and CEITEC are dedicated to developing treatment options for lymphocytic leukaemia, malignant childhood brain tumours and other solid tumours in young patients. Additional key areas of interest include the emergence of breast cancer and ovarian cancer as well as potential treatment options.

Brain and mind research

Thanks to cutting-edge equipment, experts from CEITEC MU are able to explore individual parts of the brain and examine their effects on human movement and cognition. They are searching for ways to mitigate the development of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and to provide a timely diagnosis of the risk of their occurrence or the emergence of other psychiatric disorders. Additional research areas include the application of neuroimaging to the monitoring of brain function in response to various activities.

Humanitarian activities

The university provides students with a scholarship in support of humanitarian activities; thanks to this form of support, many have been able to provide assistance needed in refugee camps in Serbia and Hungary, help construct housing in war-torn Ukraine and provide much-needed medical expertise in various African countries. We have also teamed up with charity organizations to help our medics help refugees arriving in Greece.

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