Charles University in Prague

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Karolinum © VitVit/cc-by-sa-4.0

Karolinum © VitVit/cc-by-sa-4.0

Charles University (Czech: Univerzita Karlova), also known as Charles University in Prague or historically as the University of Prague , is the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe in continuous operation. Today, the university consists of 17 faculties located in Prague, Hradec Králové, and Plzeň. Charles University belongs among the top three universities in Central and Eastern Europe. It is ranked around 200–300 in the world.

According to Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking), Charles University ranked in the upper 1.5 percent of the world’s best universities in 2011. It came 201st to 300th out of 17,000 universities worldwide. It is the best university in the Czech Republic and one of the best universities in Central and Eastern Europe only overtaken by Russian Lomonosov Moscow State University at 74th place. It was placed 31st in Times BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 (after 23rd University of Warsaw). It was ranked in 2013 as 201–300 best in the World among 500 universities evaluated by Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking), 233rd among 500 in QS World University Rankings, 351–400 among 400 universities in Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 485th in CWTS Leiden Ranking of 500 universities.

Faculty of Law © VitVit/cc-by-sa-4.0 Faculty of Mathematics and Physics © Karelj Faculty of Science © Zákupák Karolinum © VitVit/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Stanislav Dusik/cc-by-sa-4.0 The Botanical Gardens © Chmee2/cc-by-sa-3.0 Faculty of Charles University and Archbishop Seminary © ŠJů/cc-by-sa-3.0 Karolinum. the oldest building of Charles University built in the 14th century © VitVit/cc-by-sa-4.0 Faculty of Arts (philosophy) © VitVit/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Karolinum. the oldest building of Charles University built in the 14th century © VitVit/cc-by-sa-4.0
Although the university began to recover rapidly after 1945, it did not enjoy academic freedom for long. After the communist coup in 1948, the new regime started to arrange purges and repress all forms of disagreement with the official ideology, and continued to do so for the next four decades, with the second wave of purges during the “normalization” period in the beginning of the 1970s. Only in the late 1980s did the situation start to improve; students organized various activities and several peaceful demonstrations in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989 abroad.This initiated the “Velvet Revolution” in 1989, in which both students and faculty of the university played a large role. Václav Havel, a writer, dramatist and philosopher, was recruited from the independent academic community and appointed president of the republic in December 1989.

Charles University does not have one joint campus. The academic facilities occupy many locations throughout the city of Prague and three of the faculties are located in other cities (two of them in Hradec Králové, one in Plzeň). The historical main building from the 14th century called Carolinum is situated in the Old Town of Prague and constitutes the university’s center. It is the seat of the rector and of the Academic Senate of Charles university. Carolinum is also the venue for official academic ceremonies such as matriculations or graduations. Its academic publishing house is Karolinum Press and the university also operates several museums. The Botanical Garden of Charles University, maintained by its Faculty of Science, is located in the New Town.

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