Metropolitan University Prague (MUP) ranks among the oldest and largest private universities in the Czech Republic. The steady influx of applicants interested in studying at Metropolitan University Prague attests to its reputation of a first-rate educational institution. As of the 2012/2013 academic year, MUP provides education to approximately 6000 students. Since its establishment in 2001, the university offers study programmes in the area of the humanities, international territorial studies, legal specialisations, media and communication studies, and international economic relations in both full-time and part-time forms of study in Czech as well as English. MUP operates in Prague and in three university centres in Pilsen, Liberec, and Hradec Králové.
Metropolitan University Prague provides education in Bachelor’s Degree (Bc.), Master’s Degree (Mgr., Ing.), and Doctoral Degree (Ph.D. and PhDr.) study programmes; consequently, MUP ranks among the few private higher education institutions with a university status in the Czech Republic.
Unless stated otherwise, the following specialisations are conducted in Czech.
Metropolitan University Prague is a non-profit organisation that significantly contributes toward the efforts to achieve equal opportunities for people with physical disabilities. The university offers young people with physical disabilities the opportunity to achieve university education within the framework of a complex programme named “School without Barriers”, which is being implemented at MUP since the 2003/2004 academic year.
Between December and September, MUP regularly holds “Days of Open Doors” once per month. During these days, prospective applicants have an opportunity to receive detailed information about the university.
Metropolitan University Prague provides education in 10 Bachelor’s Degree, 9 Master’s Degree, and 3 Doctoral Degree specialisations.
MUP also implements courses of Czech within the framework of Lifelong Learning Programmes where foreign nationals have the opportunity to learn Czech as a second language and to prepare for university studies in the Czech Republic.
Every year, MUP offers preparatory language courses that allow MUP students as well as the general public to prepare for internationally recognised examinations in English – the Cambridge Exams (PET, FCE, CAE, CPE). Upon completion of the preparatory courses, students or members of the general public may apply for the relevant examination at Metropolitan University Prague - one of the official Cambridge ESOL examination centres in the Czech Republic.
Metropolitan University Prague continues to broaden its research activities to ensure continuous increase in the quality of instruction. MUP provides a platform for research centres that hold numerous conferences and specialised seminars every year. The research centres strive to include the students in all their research activities.
The following centres operate at MUP: Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Institute for Legal Protection of Industrial Property (UPOPV), Center for Security Studies (C4SS), Ibero-American Centre (IAC), Centre for Studies of International Economic Relations (CMEV), Centre for Media Culture Studies (CSMK).
Metropolitan University Prague publishes university textbooks, specialised monographs, and peer-reviewed Journal of International and Security Studies (CEJISS) that has won international critical acclaim in the course of its existence. Since 2010, MUP also publishes another peer-reviewed journal: ACTA – Legal Protection of Intellectual Property.
The long-term objective of Metropolitan University Prague is to continue to develop its position of a research and educational centre for the fields of international relations, European studies, legal disciplines, media studies, social sciences, and humanities. To achieve its goal, the university established a close cooperation with the Institute of International Relations in Prague, with the Institute for European Policy – EUROPEUM think-tank, the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic, the European Patent Office in Munich, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva.
With respect to the extent of international cooperation, Metropolitan University Prague ranks among the leading private universities in the Czech Republic. MUP established a network of more than 130 partner universities - in Europe within the framework of the ERASMUS programme as well as in Asia and in the Americas - to implement its international activities.
Specialisations taught at Metropolitan University Prague in English (i.e. Anglophone Studies, International Business, and International Relations and European Studies) are among the prerequisites of successful international cooperation, and they significantly contribute toward the international atmosphere at MUP, which is indicated by a high number of international students and academics.
MUP focuses primarily on the development of student mobility (study stays, work placements) and mobility of academics and other staff members. In the long term, MUP aspires toward cooperation with international institutions in the area of joint research projects and implementation of joint study programmes.
In 2010, Metropolitan University Prague and Nottingham Trent University entered a mutual agreement to conduct a Double Degree programme in the Bachelor's Degree specialisation of International Relations and European Studies. Participation in the Double Degree programme is free of additional fees and Double Degree programme graduates are awarded diplomas from both partner universities. An analogous Double Degree programme is implemented on the Master's level in cooperation with SRH Hochschule Berlin within the Regional Studies and International Business specialisation.
MUP provides complex support for students with physical disabilities via the services provided by MUP Day Centre. Presently, there are more than 70 students with physical disabilities studying at MUP. The university received several awards for the implementation of this programme; among these awards are: the HANDINNOV EU 2008 Award for the best programme/project in support of young people with disabilities and the Award of the Committee of Good Will – the Olga Havel Foundation, it also reached third place in the Equal Opportunity – Employer 2010 competition. Moreover, students with physical disabilities have an opportunity to study at partner universities abroad and to participate in work placements within the framework of the ERASMUS programme.
Metropolitan University Prague established a Sports Centre that functions in close cooperation with MUP Sports Club, a member of the Czech University Sports Association and of the Prague Sports Union. MUP Sports Centre offers students a wide variety of leisure activities (including students with disabilities) and prepares activities during the semester, in which students can participate. The Sports Centre also organises tournaments and weeklong trips (skiing and cycling trips), offers students discounts in selected sports facilities in Prague, and selects and supports students participating in academic competitions.
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