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Right to University Education in the Czech Republic


KUDROVÁ Veronika

Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Public Policy and Administration
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Law

Web Článek
Field Law sciences
Keywords constitutional right to education; higher education; Higher Education Act; free study; admission to university studies; tuition fees
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Description The article deals with the international background and the Czech constitutional background of the right to university education and implementation of the above in the legal system of the Czech Republic. The right to free education is implemented by institutions established and funded by the State; in university education, this primarily includes institutions called public universities. Constitutional access to free university education in the Czech Republic is conditional on the particular citizen’s [implemented as everyone’s] ability and the capacity of society. Their achievement is verified in the admission process at a particular university. The Higher Education Act stipulates the requirement for previous completed education. On the basis of its own autonomous discretion, the university may also establish other ability-related conditions for admission to study. It is also entitled to autonomously establish the maximum numbers of applicants to be admitted. In addition to free university education, Czech constitutional law also allows for paid education. Paid education leading to attainment of Czech university qualification is reserved for private universities, although, under the law, public universities may provide paid education in internationally recognised courses that may result in attainment of university education under the laws of another country or in lifelong learning programmes.

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