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Czech Technical University in Prague in Top 500 Universities in the World

The Times newspaper has today published its yearly QS World University ranking list on its website (see source below). This year, for the first time, the Czech Technical University in Prague is ranked among the top 500 world universities. The current ranking is identified as 401st to 500th, without further specification. Among the top 500 there are just two Czech universities, the other being Charles University, which usually ranks in better than 300th position (currently at 261). In a specialized ranking on Technology universities published in the QS World University 2008 ranking list, the Czech Technical University in Prague was the top university in the Czech Republic ranked at 228. The only other Czech university to make the list was Charles University ranked at 288.

The Czech Technical University in Prague has been classified in the QS ranking list in the Times Higher Education since 2007. This year, around 8000 universities were ranked, based on a number of parameters consisting of an assessment of the quality of education and research, a peer review, and an employer review.

Currently, more than 24 000 students are enrolled at seven faculties and three research institutes, covering a total of 14 bachelor programs, 23 master programs and 15 PhD programs. Many of these programs are taught in English, including some joint-degree and double-degree programs with foreign universities. International students form a significant and growing part of the academic community. The University’s International Student Club was awarded the Erasmus Student Network’s Section of the Year prize as the best student club in Europe in 2003.

The University is centrally located in the picturesque city of Prague. It is the oldest non-military technical university in Europe. Founded in 1707 by Austrian Emperor Joseph I, the University celebrated its 300th anniversary last year. It has been expanding steadily in recent years, and currently runs four additional campuses outside Prague, in the vicinity of large technological and industrial centers, including one in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The University works closely with industry and commerce, with industrial partners and also with new high-tech companies. It has been building up strong bonds with its industrial partners, including important world-scale players, such as Toyota, Skanska, Bosch, Siemens, Honeywell, GE, Rockwell, ABB, McKinsey, DaimlerChrysler, and Skoda-Volkswagen. University-industry cooperation has been underlined by establishing dedicated research facilities such as the CTU Ericsson and Vodafone R&D Center for mobile communication.

Source: The Times Higher Education – QS World University Ranking:
http://www.topuniversities.com/university_rankings/results/2008/overall_rankings/fullrankings/

Jaroslav Kuba
Prague 14 October 2008