A whirlwind student in military Phys Ed.

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Jakub Grohar, D. Hysková's personal archive
Thursday, 09 June 2022 17:37

When she was born, Dominika Hysková says she was a whirlwind that swept into her otherwise largely quiet family. She is eloquent and full of energy and her enthusiasm as the sole female student studying Military Physical Education in Czechia is contagious. One question? Which military unit she’ll serve with upon completing her Master’s degree.

Med student: Guiding at historic hospital taught me a lot

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut, Marcela Uhlíková
Monday, 23 May 2022 14:32

“Being a tour guide at the historic Kuks Hospital taught me a lot,” says Jaroslav Matějka, a third-year student at the Third Faculty of Medicine of Charles University. Above all, he credits it with teaching him how to communicate better with others.

Combining studies and parenthood should not be stigmatised

Author : Marcela Uhliková
Photo: Aneta Ženíšková, Shutterstock, V. Šigut
Monday, 09 May 2022 15:04

“Having children during one’s studies is not a sign of resignation about one’s academic ambitions,” says Aneta Ženíšková, a Ph.D. student at Charles University and a mother of three. Ženíšková is the founder of the new Association of Student Parents.

CU team earns berth in Map the System final

Author : Helena Zdráhalová
Photo: Hynek Glos
Friday, 29 April 2022 09:07

A banana peel has become the central motif of the Czech round of the international student competition Map the System. The winning team, consisting of four students from different disciplines at Charles University, dealt with the problem of bio-waste. They will represent the Czech Republic at the final in June.

Smart mouse pad to warn users when to “take a break”

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Kuba Zeman, Shutterstock
Wednesday, 20 April 2022 08:45

Burning, tingling, and a loss of sensation in the fingers – these are common symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Students Vasil Kostin from the Third Faculty of Medicine of CU and Tomáš Trejdl from CTU are looking to prevent this occupational disease.

Archery is about confidence and the right mind-set

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Hynek Glos
Monday, 11 April 2022 13:28

She might have been a mathematician or a lawyer, but in the end Klára Grapová decided to study journalism. She is in her third year at the Faculty of Social Sciences and is set on a career as a sports journalist. She is also archer on the national squad.

True heroism is a persistent process, says screenwriter

Author : Helena Zdráhalová
Photo: Vladimír Šigut, Unit+Sofa Praha
Monday, 28 March 2022 15:43

The 2021 Czech film Occupation underperformed at the box office but eventually began picking up awards such the Czech Film Critics’ Prize and the Czech Lion. The script was co-written by Marek Šindelka - a Ph.D. student at Charles University.

Hockey match raises funds for refugees

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Martin Pinkas
Friday, 18 March 2022 07:07

Students from Charles University across all faculties have been helping to raise money for refugees from Ukraine. Most recently, students from two medical faculties at Charles University organised a charity hockey match that helped raise hundreds of thousands of crowns in support.

Students take initiative in helping Ukrainian refugees

Author : Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Martin Pinkas
Friday, 11 March 2022 10:34

Following the pandemic, Charles University students are once again helping in tough times, providing aid to Ukrainian refugees arriving in the country. “Their efforts are remarkable,” says Charles University Chancellor Michal Zima.

Student on her home country: I believe in the strength of my people

Author : Helena Zdráhalová, Marcela Uhlíková
Photo: Personal archives, Shutterstock
Monday, 07 March 2022 12:30

“The Russian occupiers are dropping bombs on civilians,” says Tamara Bardina from Chernihiv, Ukraine, a student at Charles University. Her indignation was in immediate response to the invasion on 24 February. Since, the situation in Ukraine has only grown worse.

I love teaching, says Ph.D. student with Olympic experience

Author : Helena Zdráhalová
Photo: Martin Pinkas, Shutterstock, archive
Wednesday, 19 January 2022 20:53

Jan Exner has taken part in more Olympic Games than many, first as a volunteer and later as a lawyer for the Czech Olympic Committee. He was in PyeongChang and Tokyo, but he won’t be headed to Beijing; he discovered he enjoys teaching at university most of all.

CU hockey players face off in popular series

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Monika Navrátilová (Televize Seznam)
Friday, 07 January 2022 10:30

The TV hockey series Lajna (Line) starring Jiří Langmajer as a despotic head coach at a crossroads in his life, proved popular each week among viewers online and ran three seasons. What you might not know is that a number of Charles University students were extras on the show as players on the team.

Testimonies about life in North Korea

Author : Lucie Kettnerová
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Saturday, 25 December 2021 14:13

A specialist in North Korean studies, activist and feminist. That is how the Czech media describe Nina Špitálníková, a student of Oral and Contemporary History at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University. Her book Witnessing Life in the DPRK (2020) became a bestseller and won the Magnesia Litera Award in the category of journalism.

The mystery of the stained glass windows

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Michal Novotný, Regional Museum in Kolín
Monday, 13 December 2021 11:49

The Church of St. Bartholomew in Kolín is a national cultural monument and for  good reason. It is one of the most impressive examples of Gothic architecture in Central Bohemia. Among the church’s many gems are extraordinary stained glass windows. These caught Anna Bartoňová's eye.; she is a student at the Catholic Theological Faculty.

Motivating Czechs to get the jab

Photo: Medici pro očkovaní, Shutterstock
Friday, 03 December 2021 13:38

Medici PRO Očkování (Med Students for Vaccination) is an initiative begun more than three years ago before anyone had heard of Covid-19. The pandemic has put the group front and centre. It’s aim is to provide the public with honest and factual information about why it’s important to get the jab. Forum spoke to the organisation’s Jaromír Astl.

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