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The University of Ostrava was founded on 28 September 1991. Its origins can be traced back to 1953, when a training college for future primary school teachers was opened in the nearby town of Opava. In 1959, all teacher training within the region was streamlined into a single institution – the newly established Pedagogical Institute in Ostrava. Five years later, the institute was awarded university status and became an independent Faculty of Education, offering four-year degree courses to future primary school teachers. Ostrava was now a fully-fledged university city. The Faculty’s staff became actively involved in academic and cultural life not only within the region, but on a national level. The range of degrees was later extended to include a five-year programme for future teachers of higher year groups.
Today’s University of Ostrava represents a natural continuation of this tradition. Since its foundation twenty years ago, the University has provided a much-needed focus for the study and research of humanities and social sciences, helping to redress a historic imbalance in a region traditionally dominated by heavy industry and technical studies. The University of Ostrava currently has six faculties: the Faculty of Social Studies, the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Medicine, the Pedagogical Faculty, and the Faculty of Science. The University offers a wide spectrum of degrees at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral levels, in addition to lifelong learning programmes. It is also involved in many European Union-funded projects enabling the general public to improve and update their skills and knowledge.
The University of Ostrava incorporates two independent research institutes. The Institute for Research and Application of Fuzzy Modeling develops specialist new mathematical methods, while the European Research Institute for Social Work supports the professional growth of young researchers in order to develop knowledge and skills among social work managers and practitioners across the continent.
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