What to know about the Faculty and the University
Management of the University and the Faculty
Who runs the University of Business and Economics in Prague?
Every university in the Czech Republic is run by a rector. At VŠE, it is doc. Ing. Petr Dvořák Ph.D.
There are also Vice-Rectors – the Rector’s deputies for selected areas, such as Education and Quality Assurance, Doctoral Studies or International Relations. The management of the University of Business and Economics also includes the Bursar (Quaestor), the Director of the Computing Centre and the Chancellor.
What is the organizational structure of VŠE?
The University of Business and Economics in Prague is divided into six faculties. They are numbered, and so sometimes, instead of their official name, the number is used:
- Faculty of Finance and Accounting (the so-called “first faculty”, Czech abbreviation FFU, located on the 1st and 2nd floor of the New Building on Žižkov Campus)
- Faculty of International Relations (“second Faculty”, Czech abbreviation FMV, English abbreviation FIR, located on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the New Building)
- Faculty of Business Administration (“third faculty”, Czech abbreviation FPH, situated on the 3rd to 5th floors of the Rajská Building)
- Faculty of Informatics and Statistics (“fourth Faculty”, Czech abbreviation FIS, situated on the 3rd and 4th floor of the New Building)
- Faculty of Economics (“fifth faculty”, Czech abbreviation NF, located on the 3rd floor of the New Building)
- Faculty of Management (“sixth faculty”, Czech abbreviation FMN, based in Jindřichův Hradec)
Who runs the Faculty of International Relations (FIR)?
The Dean runs the Faculty.
Doc. Ing. Josef Taušer, Ph.D has been the Dean of the Faculty of International Relations since 2016. He was elected to the post by the FIR Academic Senate on 12 November 2015. His term runs until January 31st, 2023.
The Dean appoints his Vice-Deans for various areas and the faculty’s secretary. There are four Vice-Deans in total.
Departments and Other Faculty Bodies
How many departments are there at FIR?
11 – seven professional and four language.
In addition, there are 4 institutes and centres – CES (Centre for European Studies), CAS (Centre for Asian Studies), CLAS (Centre for Latin American Studies) and the Institute for Sustainable Business. You can meet them as lecture and conference organizers or even join them as student trainees.
Affiliation of Courses to the Departments
Affiliation of a course can be identified by the beginning of a course ident:
- 2CR Department of Tourism
- 2MO Department of International Business
- 2OP Department of Retailing and Commercial Communications
- 2PL Department of Political Science
- 2PR Department of Business and European Law
- 2SE Department of World Economy
- 2SM Jan Masaryk Centre for International Studies
- 2AJ Department of English
- 2NJ Department of German
- 2RO Department of Romance Languages
- 2RU Department of Russian
Which issues can be solved directly at the Departments?
- issue deadlines for state final examinations and theses defense;
- accept theses;
- inform about their courses and visiting professors.
You can also leave your mail for teachers with a department secretary and obtain information from them on terms and other matters.
Other Faculty Bodies
The Academic Senate of the Faculty is a self-governing representative body. Its members are elected by the Faculty academic community (not only teachers, but also students). It approves various issues, such as the faculty budget or internal rules of the faculty; it controls faculty money management; it also elects the dean and is able to potentially dismiss him.
The Disciplinary Comitee conducts disciplinary proceedings with students who have committed a disciplinary offense (violation of obligations stipulated by law or by VŠE and FIR internal regulations).
A common example of such behaviour is the non-payment of fees associated with studying or cheating during exams.
In the most serious cases, the punishment can be imposed in the form of exclusion from studies.
The Scholarship Commission decides about scholarships under the Scholarship Regulations of the University of Economics.
Grant of scholarships is based on an average grade and is described in the Scholarship Decree for the respective academic year.
Exceptional scholarships are also awarded – for example, for representing the faculty or for social reasons. They are decided each semester separately. The chair is the Vice-Dean for Studies.
There is also an accommodation scholarship available at the University of Economics. However, it is not managed by the faculties separately, but, rather, on the central university level.
You will be in contact with your Administrative Coordinator regularly. She is the first and most competent person to advise on studying issues, to handle all confirmations and applications, or to verify fulfilment of your study duties.
How to address university teachers and other employees
There are three basic possibilities of how to address a university teacher in the Czech Republic:
- according to his academic title
- according to his scientific-pedagogical status
- according to his job at the University
Academic titles can be gained based on studies and creative scientific work.
Examples from the Czech academic community:
- Engineer (abbreviated Ing. in front of the name; English equivalent is Master of Science – MSc);
- Magister (abbreviated Mgr. in front of the name; English equivalent is Master of Arts – MA);
- Doctor (abbreviated as Ph.D. after the name);
- Doctor (abbreviated PhDr., RNDr. and others before the name, these titles are not granted by VŠE)
- Candidate for Science (abbreviation CSc. after the name, not granted any more);
- Doctor of Science (DrSc. after the name, not granted any more).
Scientific-pedagogical titles are acquired by internal teachers and are tied to their work at university. In order of importance, we recognize (from lowest rank to highest):
- Assistant (teacher in the first years of his practice);
- Associate professor (abbreviated Doc. before the name);
- Professor (abbreviation Prof. before the name).
Jobs at the university
Sometimes it is more appropriate to address teachers according to their job positions – “Vice-Dean”, “Dean”, “Vice-Rector”, “Rector,” etc. This depends on the situation in which you speak with the teacher.