This Thursday Czechs are marking the 33rd anniversary of the Velvet Revolution which paved the way for a return to freedom and democracy in Czechoslovakia. We speak to historian Jakub Rákosník. 

How specialisation in nursing helps

Author : Jitka Jiřičková
Photo: Martin Pinkas
Monday, 07 November 2022 17:02

The field of nursing within the medical profession has grown ever more varied. While in the past, a “one-size-fits-all” approach was sufficient, that is no longer the case. “The shortage of nurses,” says Ivana Dvořáčková of Hradec Králové University Hospital, “would be eased if we relieved them of tasks which could go to less qualified professionals.”

Mára Čmára's larger than life mural

Author : Helena Zdráhalová
Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Friday, 28 October 2022 11:24

He has illustrated magazines and books but recently took on his biggest project: a large mural on the wall of a four-story apartment building at Hradčanská in Prague 6. He is Marek Kulhavý, known in the art world as Mára Čmára (Mára Scribbles). Kulhavý found his way to art at Charles University’s Catholic Theological Faculty.

Master of ceremonies: CU's bedel Josef Šebek

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Michal Novotný, CU archive
Friday, 21 October 2022 10:16

During ceremonies of Charles University, you can’t miss him: he stands out even among esteemed guests, always the first to walk into the Great Hall in dignified historical dress, sceptre in hand. He is the university’s bedel or beadle. At the Carolinum that role is performed by Josef Šebek.

Forum Radio: Rabbi in training

Photo: Vladimír Šigut
Wednesday, 05 October 2022 13:38

In many ways, Kamila Kopřivová has followed an unusual path. After completing her Ph.D. in Jewish Studies at the Hussite Theological Faculty, Kamila set out to become the first Czech female rabbi. Her journey is almost complete: she is due to be ordained next year.

Matfyz celebrates 70 birthday in style

Author : Jitka Jiřičková
Photo: Vladimír Šigut, CU archives
Friday, 30 September 2022 15:54

This week, the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University celebrated 70 years since its foundation. “From today's perspective, the faculty seems young. However, the tradition of mathematics, physics and astronomy at Charles University has been going on for almost 700 hundred years,” Rector Milena Králíčková said.

The importance of promoting rare and endangered languages

Author : Helena Zdráhalová
Photo: Shutterstock, Hynek Glos, Jakub Jehlička
Monday, 05 September 2022 17:58

Seventy languages are taught at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. This is unique not only here, but also in Europe. Students from other disciplines can study Finnish or Hungarian and boost their chances of finding a job using their language skills.

Many fans knew Pavla Horáková as the author of the Sexton Beetles trilogy. In 2018, Pavla gained renown for A Theory of Strangeness, which won the Magnesia Litera prize. She now has a second ambitious novel out called In the Heart of Europe.

Podcast: Challenges to the economy ahead

Author : Katarína Stehlíková
Photo: CERGE-EI archive
Tuesday, 23 August 2022 09:20

How are monetary and fiscal policy able to address the unprecedented challenges presented by the events of recent years, from the Covid pandemic to the war on Ukraine as well rising energy prices? In Talking Economics, Katarína Stehlíková and Jaroslav Borovička provide a macroeconomic look.

Will Petr Jákl take a break after premiere of Žižka epic?

Author : Jiři Novák
Photo: Vladimír Šigut, Stanislav Honzík
Monday, 15 August 2022 11:20

Without question one of the most anticipated films this year is the epic motion picture Medieval by director and producer Petr Jákl. Forum talked to the CU graduate about working with world class actors such as Michael Caine and his own film past.

Historic Opitz House: Accomodation for university guests

Author : Jiří Novák
Photo: Vladimír Šigut, Michal Novotný
Wednesday, 03 August 2022 09:44

Did you know that it is possible to sleep overnight within the Carolinum complex? Charles University offers accommodation in its buildings to university guests. The most representative accommodation facility is known as Opitz House.

New Charles Games release offers alternative endings

Author : Jitka Jiřičková
Photo: Hynek Glos, Charles Games
Friday, 01 July 2022 12:56

Over the course of a single year, Charles Games – the creators of titles like Attentát 1942 – launched Train to Sachsenhausen based on witness testimonies of the events of 1939 - the takeover of Bohemia and Moravia by the Nazis and the closure of Czech Universities. 

Helping young adults get a foothold in life

Author : Jitka Jkiřičková
Photo: Hynek Glos
Sunday, 26 June 2022 16:05

Children and adolescents in orphanages are encouraged to be independent-minded. However, they often lack personal ties, role models and ordinary experience from daily life. The Patron programme, in cooperation with CU, is helping many get a better start, by providing mentors who can help them navigate some of the pitfalls of everyday life.

Podcast: Can schools handle the influx?

Author : Katarína Stehlíková
Photo: CERGE-EI, Forum archives
Monday, 20 June 2022 09:14

What are the main challenges children and teachers have to face in our schools due to an unprecedented inflow of Ukrainian children and youth into our educational system? In Talking Economics, Katarína Stehlíková talks to Daniel Münich 

The Unexpected benefits of FameLab

Photo: British Council, archive UK
Thursday, 16 June 2022 20:26

Talking about science for three minutes can be "life changing" and open up new job opportunities, provide contacts and improve presentations. That's according to former winners of the FameLab competition, which is open to humanities majors for the first time this year. Applications are open until 17 July. 

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