Anglo-American University

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Anglo-American University
Anglo-americká vysoká škola, z.ú.
Anglo-American University (logo).png
Former names
The New Anglo-American College
MottoPrivate university education in the Heart of Europe.
TypePrivate
Established1990
AffiliationInternational Education Society
ERASMUS
PresidentLubomír Lízal[1]
ProvostMilada Polisenska
Students1000
Location,
50°05′24″N 14°24′32″E / 50.0899831°N 14.4090161°E / 50.0899831; 14.4090161Coordinates: 50°05′24″N 14°24′32″E / 50.0899831°N 14.4090161°E / 50.0899831; 14.4090161
CampusUrban
ColoursRed and Black          
Websitewww.aauni.edu

Anglo-American University (AAU) is a private university in Prague, Czech Republic, providing courses in English. Founded in 1990, it is the oldest private university in the country.

History[edit]

Anglo-American University was founded in 1990 as the Anglo-American College by Jansen Raichl and Vlasta Raichlová, shortly after the collapse of communism. Their aim was to create a higher education institution that would combine Central European university traditions with US and British academic principles. The college's name in English was later changed to university instead of college.

In 2010, AAU was the first university outside the United States to be invited to apply for institutional accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This accreditation was approved in 2016, with AAU becoming the first WASC-accredited university in Europe.[2]

Courses at AAU were initially organised under the School of Business Administration, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Law. The university subsequently added a School of International Relations and Diplomacy (2006) and School of Journalism (2010). In late 2008, John H. Carey II, co-founder and lecturer at the school of law, died, and the AAU School of Law was renamed in his honour as the John H. Carey II School of Law.

Academics[edit]

Main Campus at Letenská 5, Prague

Preparatory programs[edit]

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law (CertHE Common Law)

Bachelor programs[edit]

  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration: Marketing and Communications Emphasis
  • Business Administration: Strategic Marketing Analysis and Planning Emphasis
  • Humanities, Society and Culture
  • International Relations
  • Jewish Studies: History and Culture
  • Journalism and Communications
  • Politics and Society
  • Visual Art Studies
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – University of London International Programmes Courses

Master's programs[edit]

  • Business and Law in International Markets
  • Humanities
  • International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Master of Law (LLM)– University of London International Programmes Courses

Professional Programs[edit]

AAU also offers various courses related to Czech culture, including:

  • Czech and Slovak Politics
  • Cities of Central Europe: Prague, Vienna and Budapest
  • Literature of Prague
  • Prague Art and Architecture
  • Czech as a foreign language

Accreditation[edit]

Most of AAU's programs are accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, except the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law (CertHE Common Law), LLB, LLM, and the Chapman MBA program, which are offered in cooperation with international partners.

Anglo-American University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), an American accrediting agency which evaluates public and private senior colleges and universities in the western part of the United States. The accreditation was granted in June 2016 for a period of six years. The accreditation was granted on the basis of the university having a sufficient level of compliance with WSCUC's 2013 Standards of Accreditation, and satisfactorily addressing the core commitments to Student Learning and Success, Quality and Improvement, and Institutional Integrity, Sustainability, and Accountability.

The MBA program offered in cooperation with Chapman University, California is globally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business AACSB. The Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law (CertHE Common Law) and the LLB and LLM programs are offered in cooperation with the University of London.

AAU is a member of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities.[3]

University facilities[edit]

Campus[edit]

Anglo-American University Campus at Letenská 5

AAU’s main campus is located in the newly restored Thurn-Taxis Palace, a cultural monument dating to the 17th century, previously owned by the German Thurn und Taxis noble family and now under the ownership of the city of Prague. The premises consist of 16 classrooms, a computer lab, and a visual arts studio, along with a cafeteria, courtyard and student lounges.

University library[edit]

AAU has a university library with a collection of 19,000 books, predominantly in English. AAU students, staff and faculty also have access to the collections held by the Institute of International Relations Prague,[4] the Institute for Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences, and other libraries in Prague. The library also hosts music and spoken word performances, readings, and discussion groups.

Exhibition gallery[edit]

AAU has an exhibition gallery name |art| SPACE, which displays photography, paintings, installations, and sculptures by faculty and students. |art| SPACE operates under the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and is also used to showcase coursework in digital photography, visual arts and other creative courses.

Scholarships[edit]

AAU runs a system of merit-based scholarships, allowing exceptional students to study at the university for free, based on academic achievement as measured by a student's Grade Point Average (GPA).

Student life[edit]

AAU's Student Council is an independent body that represents students' interests in university plans, policies, and procedures; secures student representation in university governance; elects one representative for the Academic Council; and organizes various student activities. The Student Council consists of 10 members, plus two exchange students and one external adviser each semester and/or academic year. Council members are elected by the students at the beginning of each semester.

Student clubs running at AAU include basketball club, chess club, cooking club, dance club, film club, football club, photography club, program board, a volunteering club called "Helpful Hands", and yoga club.

AAU's student body includes full-time, exchange and study abroad students of many different nationalities.

Lennon Wall[edit]

Portion of the John Lennon Wall

Lennon Wall is AAU's student magazine, which takes its name from the John Lennon Wall, a monument to freedom of expression located near the university. The magazine describes itself as "a nonpartisan platform for aspiring reporters and future writers", independent from the university.[5]

Sexual harassment allegations[edit]

An article published on A2larm.cz on 16 July 2018 detailed accusations from two former students that AAU had failed to properly enforce their sexual harassment policy and failed to protect their students.[6] On 17 July 2018, AAU responded with a statement categorically denying the accusations,[7] stating that an investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment was ongoing, as required by AAU's policy on disciplinary procedures.[8] Members of AAU's staff and upper management took to Facebook to defend their position soon after the initial article was published, clashing with both students and readers on A2larm's page,[9] as well as AAU's public account.[10][11] On 18 July 2018, A2larm announced that they would continue to investigate after being contacted by both students and staff of AAU with additional allegations of abuse and harassment.[12]

On 20 July 2018 the AAU President issued a press release addressing both cases reported in the article and announced action that would be taken by AAU.[13] AAU pledged to revise the existing procedures and also to re-establish the AAU sexual harassment task force.[14]

In response to A2larm.cz’s articles alleging sexual harassment at AAU, WSCUC, the university's American accreditation body, reviewed AAU's rules and procedures in response to a complaint filed by a third party. WSCUC reported a “structured and rigorous process for addressing complaints related to sexual harassment and misconduct”, and on 10 August 2018 confirmed that AAU meets WSCUC’s standards.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.aauni.edu/lubomir-lizal/directory/888/v
  2. ^ "International Institutions WASC Senior College and University Commission". www.wscuc.org. September 2016.
  3. ^ "Anglo-American University". AAICU. 19 September 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 30 March 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "About | Lennon Wall".
  6. ^ Pehe, Veronika; Rychlíková, Apolena (16 July 2018). "Sexual harassment at Anglo-American University". A2larm. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Press Release Regarding Article on A2larm.cz". www.aauni.edu. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  8. ^ https://www.aauni.edu/academic-codex/#standards-of-conduct
  9. ^ "Alarm". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Anglo-American University". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Hanna Ripper". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Alarm pokračuje ve zkoumání kauzy AAU". A2larm (in Czech). Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  13. ^ "AAU office of the President". www.aauni.edu. July 2018.
  14. ^ "Task Force for Harassment Prevention, Response and Solutions". www.aauni.edu. August 2018.
  15. ^ "Updates from the office of the president". www.aauni.edu. August 2018.
  16. ^ Willoughby, Ian (18 June 2007). "KLARA POLACKOVA - THE FIRST CZECH WOMAN TO REACH THE PEAK OF MOUNT EVEREST". Radio Prague. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  17. ^ Stuchlíková, Lucie (15 January 2016). "Fiala na sjezdu ODS obhájil post předsedy. Strana bude mít ve vedení historicky poprvé dvě ženy". Hospodářské noviny (in Czech). Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  18. ^ "První místopředsedkyní ODS byla zvolena Udženija, nahradí europoslance Zahradila". Deník.cz (in Czech). 16 January 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  19. ^ "REPORTĀŽA no Kipras: 15 gadus pēc referenduma apvienošanās ideja joprojām tāla no īstenošanas". Public Broadcasting of Latvia (in Latvian). Latvia. 24 April 2019. Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.

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