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Values, Vision, and Mission – Charles University in Prague

“All you who, in the spirit of the bequest made by our founding father King Charles IV, seek a “table laid for feasting” at which you will find the purpose of your lives, beauty and fulfilment in learning, discovery and truth, welcome to Charles University.”

– Prof. Václav Hampl –
Rector of the Charles University


The Charles University in Prague is one of the top 100 higher education institutions in Europe, with over 53,000 students, and more than 300 accredited degrees with more than 642 different courses. In the year 2012, it ranked the position 305 in the worldwide ranking of the best 500 universities.

By reading these impressive figures, the only possible conclusion is that a University can achieve such success solely by living its values, visions and mission. So does Charles University.

The University’s values rest on many different pillars. One of its foundations is the equality of opportunity of all applicants, independently of religion, origin or gender. This is the essence for a successful cooperation at an international level with students from more than 60 countries.

The University will concentrate in 2013 on developing the Lifelong Learning Vision Programme.
This proven idea has a long tradition at the Czech universities. It was revived at the beginning of 2013 and implemented in the students’ daily life and other fields. The Lifelong Learning Programme includes short-term and long-term courses and lectures, as well as seminars and panel discussions in the university daily life and also in the subsequent professional life.

The Charles University wishes to be an epicentre for education, independent knowledge and creative activities that are key to the scientific, cultural, social and economic development of society. At the same time, it wishes to be a place where lasting values, knowledge and skills are promoted and transmitted to the next generation. The next generation of young academics has to prepare by focusing on becoming the future elite of the country, and assuming the leading roles in economy, public health, social care, culture and public services.