University of Ostrava

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University of Ostrava
Ostravská univerzita
Ostrava dekanat PrF OU 20080426.jpg
Faculty of Science
RectorProfessor Jan Lata
Administrative staff
49°50′17.61″N 18°17′26.57″E / 49.8382250°N 18.2907139°E / 49.8382250; 18.2907139Coordinates: 49°50′17.61″N 18°17′26.57″E / 49.8382250°N 18.2907139°E / 49.8382250; 18.2907139

The University of Ostrava (Czech Ostravská univerzita) is a public university in the city of Ostrava, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic. Founded in 1991, it is the newest public university in Ostrava. It consists of six faculties and two institutes providing university education.


The University of Ostrava was founded on 28 September 1991. Its origins can be traced back to 1953, when a training college for future primary school teachers was opened in the nearby town of Opava. In 1959, all teacher training within the region was streamlined into a single institution – the newly established Pedagogical Institute in Ostrava. Five years later, the institute was awarded university status and became an independent Faculty of Education, offering four-year degree courses to future primary school teachers. The range of degrees was later extended to include a five-year programme for future teachers of higher year groups.[1] Gradually, other faculties, departments and research centres joined the University of Ostrava, shifting the focus from teachers to research and innovation in general.

Faculty of Medicine[edit]

The Faculty of Medicine was established in 2010. Its history is closely connected with the Medical-Social Faculty of the University of Ostrava, which was founded in 1993. In 2008 the Medical-Social Faculty was divided into two faculties: the Faculty of Social Studies and the Faculty of Health Studies. The Faculty of Health Studies was renamed as the Medical Faculty on 1 September 2010.[2][3]


Faculty of Science Building
rector's name term of office appointed by
prof. PhDr. Jaroslav Hubáček, CSc. 1991–1995 Václav Havel[4]
prof. RNDr. Jiří Močkoř, DrSc. 1995–2001 Václav Havel[4]
doc. Ing. Petr Pánek, CSc. 2001–2004 Václav Havel[4]
doc. RNDr. Vladimír Baar, CSc. 2004–2007 Václav Klaus[5]
prof. RNDr. Jiří Močkoř, DrSc. 2007 – 2015 Václav Klaus[5]
prof. MUDr. Jan Lata, CSc. 2015 – till now Miloš Zeman


University rankings
THE World[6] 801-1000

In 2017, Times Higher Education ranked the university in the 801-1000 band globally.[6]


  1. ^ "History of the University of Ostrava". Archived from the original on 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2012-06-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ Historický úspěch: Ostrava má svou lékařskou fakultu
  3. ^ V Ostravě budou studovat medici, první nastoupí na podzim
  4. ^ a b c "Jmenování rektorů vysokých škol". Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Životopis". Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved June 13, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)[failed verification]
  6. ^ a b World University Rankings 2017-2018