Masaryk University, located in Brno, is the second-largest public university in the Czech Republic and the leading higher education institution in Moravia. At present it comprises nine faculties with more than 200 departments, institutes and clinics. Recognized as one of the most important teaching and research institutions in the Czech Republic and a highly-regarded Central European university, it has been marked by a strong democratic spirit ever since its establishment in 1919. The university also plays a major role in the social and cultural life of the South Moravia Region.
One of the top priorities for Masaryk University is scientific research. It has attained a leading position in competitions for research grants, is making considerable financial investments at its new university campus to enhance its research and teaching capacity and is developing tools for the transfer of knowledge and improved support for research and innovation.
Masaryk University offers degrees in a wide spectrum of traditional as well as newly-emerging disciplines and is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Europe. In recent years it has consistently attracted the largest number of applicants for studies of any Czech university, which allows it to remain highly selective when admitting students. Masaryk University was one of the first to introduce a three-tier structure of studies based on the ECTS system for the transfer and accumulation of credits. Masaryk University is the single higher education institution in the Czech Republic to hold the European Credit Transfer System Label. Allocated in 2010 by the European Commission, the label constitutes proof of the university's high educational standards and a guarantee of the correct implementation of the credit system in all Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes.
Sources: Masaryk University
Faculty of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine was founded in 1919 as one the first faculties of Masaryk University. Presently, the Faculty of Medicine includes 66 institutes and clinics, employing 1077 personnel. In the two faculty hospitals (Faculty Hospital of Brno, St. Anne's Faculty Hospital) there are 3100 beds accessible for teaching. The total number of students is about 4,500.
All the theoretical departments of the Faculty of Medicine are located within the new University Campus that was built between 2000 and 2010 close to the largest Faculty Hospital. The Campus, containing 42,200 m2 of tuition and research space, has gradually become the modern educational, research and development base of Masaryk University.
All the pavilions are equipped with the most up-to-date instruction and laboratory technologies. Besides instruction, there is top-level research with student involvement taking place in many of the institutions. Among the architecturally most interesting developments of this stage of construction is the Library of the University Campus, which forms the heart of the whole campus.
Sources: Faculty of Medicine