Czech Technical University in Prague

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Czech Technical University in Prague
České vysoké učení technické v Praze
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Motto Scientia est potentia (Latin)
Motto in English Knowledge is power
Established 1707
Type Public
Rector Professor Petr Konvalinka
Admin. staff 1777 (2011)
Students 23,185 (2011)
Location Prague, Czech Republic (main campus), additional 4 smaller campuses
Coordinates: 50°6′7.8″N 14°23′18.5″E / 50.102167°N 14.388472°E / 50.102167; 14.388472
CTU is located in Czech Republic

Czech Technical University in Prague (České vysoké učení technické v Praze – ČVUT in Czech, sometimes confusingly referred as CTU in English (see CTU)) is one of the largest[citation needed] universities in the Czech Republic, and is one of the oldest institutes of technology in Central Europe.


It was established as the Institute of Engineering Education in 1707, but not as a tertiary university but only secondary education (high school), by Emperor Joseph I[1] as a response to Christian Joseph Willenberg's petition addressed to preceding emperor Leopold I. In 1806 the institute of Engineering Education was transformed into Prague Polytechnical Institute, when the university studies began. After the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the name of the school was changed in 1920 to the Czech Technical University in Prague. According to the THES-QS World University Rankings for the year 2010, the ČVUT is the world's 121st-best university in technology,[2] was the 171st in 2009 [3] and 228th in 2008.[4]

Constituent parts[edit]


  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Transportation Sciences
  • Faculty of Biomedical Engineering
  • Faculty of Information Technology

Higher education institutes[edit]

  • Klokner Institute
  • Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies

Other institutes[edit]

  • Computing and Information Centre
  • Technology and Innovation Centre
  • The Research Centre for Industrial Heritage
  • Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics
  • Centre for Radiochemistry and Radiation Chemistry
  • Division of Construction and Investment

Service facilities[edit]

  • ČVUT Rector's Office
  • Service Facilities
  • Publishing House

Student clubs, ČVUT Student Union[edit]

Student clubs within the ČVUT are integrated in the Student Union. It has 27 members and covers wide range of free time activities, with biggest club called Silicon Hill. The Student Union also organizes social events for students through the year.

Notable alumni[edit]


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