According to the ex-Minister of Education Petr Fiala: “Foreign students contribute to a higher quality of education in the Czech Republic by creating an environment of international competition.”
One of the current trends on the global labour market is to strongly tighten the conditions of the recruitment of foreigners in many countries. The situation in the Czech Republic is not different. The negative impact of the global economic crisis, increasing unemployment or an attempt to find an all-purpose way of selecting suitable employees might be the cause. The restrictions affect particularly low-qualification workers without permanent residence permit, but some of the changes of the rules will concern everybody, including highly qualified experts. They have to go through the procedure of nostrification, i.e. a recognition of their completed education. This is to facilitate the systematisation of a wide range of various diplomas and certificates issued all over the world. Nevertheless, it brings several complications, too.
Postgraduate academic degrees are designed to produce highly qualified specialists for careers in science, education and industry. Since a PhD may be viewed as a credential of an elite specialist, a postgraduate student must be profoundly interested in research, be responsible and show extraordinary diligence in order to complete successfully their chosen path. The decision to enrol on a postgraduate course abroad is an even greater challenge for a fresh MA/MSc degree holder. Some of them choose to do so in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic has become an important destination for students when choosing their university. The interest has increased as many universities opened their doors for foreign students, offering them a possibility to study among Czech students as well as programmes taught in English. In 2010 there were 37,700 foreign students studying in the Czech Republic, representing 10 % of the total number of university students. By comparison, in 2001 foreign students represented only 4 % of the total number of students. In this article, we are going to present you with three different opinions on the Czech university system seen from a foreign student’s perspective.
Every year 130 Czech governmental scholarships are awarded to “third countries in need” students based on academic merit*. The precondition for such scholarship award consists in successful passing of one-year preparatory course of Czech language and of entrance examinations, which are supposed to be undertaken in the same conditions as for Czech native speakers, without enjoying any particular privilege.
Kristina had always dreamt of studying abroad but had not known how and where to go from Russia. Once she saw an invitation for a conference about study in the Czech Republic organized by a Czech language school. The specific school recruited potential interested students. Paying for the language course, whose price was around 4,000 Euro, was enough to fulfil the dream. Moreover, Kristina had to pay for full academic year accommodation in order to get the visa and so the price rose to 6,000 Euro.
I came to the Czech Republic because I had always dreamed of studying somewhere abroad where there is a better educational system than in Angola. I came in spite of not having had enough information about the Czech Republic and not having known what to expect. Prague is the capital – that was the only information I had. I also knew well the football national team.
ENAR (European Network against racism), released the annual report on “Racism and related discriminatory practices in the Czech Republic” for the year 2011-2012; emphasizing public authorities´ main lacks and contemporary challenges.
The Report´s first aim is to investigate Czech society´s concerns (diversity perception, social welfare´ access, schooling, and so on) about Roma community and also migrants; giving, at the same time, an eye to Islamophobia and Muslims as a comparison between the minorities.
Integrating immigrants: New study compares and ranks Czech Republic against other countries in Europe and North America
28 February 2011 – A new study published today by the British Council and the Migration Policy Group shows that the Czech Republic remains below the European average in integration of third-country foreigners. This group of 295,600 people represents 2/3 of all foreigners and 2.8% of the whole population in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic is tied for 19th place in the ranking of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX: www.mipex.eu) MIPEX contrasts and compares integration policies across 31 countries in Europe and North America. The best overall score has been achieved by Sweden. The best ranking country of the Central and Eastern Europe is Slovenia.
The integration policies in the Czech Republic are rather unfavourable. According to MIPEX, the legal conditions in the areas of employment, family and education are well set up; however, the implementation and the discretion remain problematic. Access to the citizenship as well as political participation is also considered insufficient.
The study benchmarks whether governments grant equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for all residents – international standards that have been agreed upon by EU Member States. These high standards are critical as successful integration helps create more competitive and cohesive societies. The major findings regarding the Czech Republic in this study include: Read the rest of this entry »