Student Chamber of the Council of Higher Education Institutions

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In the Czech Republic, the Student Chamber and the Council of Higher Education Institutes,(Czech: Studentská komora Rady vysokých škol - SK RVŠ) together with the Czech Rectors Conference (Czech: Česká konference rektorů - ČKR), forms the official representation of Czech Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) on the basis of the Higher Education Act of the Czech Republic, Article 92.[1]

Student representation in the Czech Republic[edit]

In the Czech Republic, students of universities and colleges are represented:

  • On the faculty and university levels by academic senates (this applies primarily to public HEIs),
  • On the national and international level by the Student Chamber (this also applies to private HEIs).

Every HEI can join the Council after paying fees for its delegates. Each HEI may send three delegates to the Council, one of whom is a student. Besides that, for each part (faculty) of a respective HEI, one more delegate may be deputed. An HEI’s delegates are elected for a three-year term by its governing body called the academic senate (this applies mainly to public HEIs).

Internal structures[edit]

The Council consists of the Assembly, Presidium and Closer Presidium and is headed by the Chairperson of the Council. The Chamber’s Chairperson, its two Vice-chairpersons and two more delegates of the Chamber are automatically members of the Presidium of the Council. In the Closer Presidium, elected by the Assembly of the Council, the Chamber is represented by its Chairperson or Vice-chairperson.[2][3]

The Student Chamber is especially involved in substantial matters concerning different aspects of students life, students matters in general and study conditions. As far as respecting the Statute of the Council, the Student Chamber is allowed to deal under its own rules of organization, and it is authorized to create its own committees as advisory bodies. In the current Chamber, there are three committees: on legislation, on social and economical affairs, and on educational and scientific activities.

Objective[edit]

The basic goal of the Chamber is to represent and defend interests of students from all public, state (military, police) and private HEIs. The Chamber approves its own Programme Declaration for each three-year election term. During the 2006-2008 term, the Chamber was to push for diversified, quality, open, accessible and permeable higher education systems and emphasize the social dimension of studies. One of the Chamber’s proposals is prohibiting age discrimination related to student status (i.e. various advantages linked to student status before reaching 26 years). Another key issue is the reform of tertiary education (tuition fees, management-line governance and expansion of study opportunities).[4]

History[edit]

The Student Chamber itself was established via an amendment to the Statute of the Council on 5 November 1992. At that point, every HEI could send a student delegate to the Chamber, but these were not considered members of the Council. This changed in 1996 when the members of the Chamber became full members of the Council. The most recent changes came into force on 1 January 2006, including an increase to 5 delegates to the Presidium of the Council.

Partners[edit]

The Chamber’s partners in discussions concerning matters of HEIs students are: the Council, the Czech Rectors Conference, the Parliament of the Czech Republic, the Government of the Czech Republic and its ministries (especially Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (Czech: Ministerstvo školství, mládeže a tělovýchovy - MŠMT), the Accreditation Commission, academic senates and organizations acting in the field of development of the academic and student community. On the international level, partners of the Chamber are also the European Union institutions, Europe-wide student organizations (European Students' Union, EURODOC) and national Student Unions from the Visegrád countries (known as the V4+ Student Alliance) or any other country with experience of problems relevant to the Czech Republic.

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