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International Relations

International cooperation significantly shapes the openness of the Faculty and its profile. The development of international relations take places at the European level and is irreplaceable and must exist in order to achieve high standards of quality of lessons and results in scientific spheres. The Faculty has been member of a number of prestigious international organizations and university networks for many years and it has been actively supporting the mobility of students and academic personnel.

The development of international relationships is primarily implemented based on a network of bilateral agreements concluded by the Faculty with universities and non-profit organizations from all continents except Australia. Cooperation with partner universities and non-profit organizations is implemented especially in the area of practical and theoretical education, scientific projects and last but not least, in organization involved in summer schools.

Additionally, to the International week of social work, the international exchange programs providing for mobility of students and academic workers plays a key role in the internationalization process of the Faculty. Within this framework, students are offered the opportunity to spend several months studying abroad or in summer schools and during study visits. At the same time, the students’ language skills are enhanced.

The most significant partners for the Faculty outside Europe includes university institutions and non-profit organizations in the South African Republic, Namibia, Zambia, Nepal and Thailand.

In Europe, the Faculty maintains the most intense cooperation with partners in Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Baltics countries, usually within the framework of European programs, involving Ceepus and Erasmus, the most significant exchange programs involving European universities. The Erasmus+ program is increasingly used, particularly by sending students abroad. The faculty is also open to opportunities of international mobility within other programs of the European Union, specifically the Erasmus-Mundus program that allow students of the Faculty to study at foreign universities in joint Master degrees, specifically for Geriatric Nurses. The Faculty offers to both foreign and Czech students programs in the English language in a Bachelor’s study program for nursing students.

The Faculty also supports mobilities taking place within other programs and foundations, as well as mobilities of free-lance types, taking place independently from any exchange program. The mobilities are supported by the Faculty not only with regard to administration, but usually also in regards to funding.

Active cooperation of the Faculty in the project focused on both education and care for street children in Lusaka, Zambia, which is implemented under direct and intensive support of students during a three month professional internship focused on social work.

Academic personnel make use of internships within inter-university cooperation particularly aimed at acquiring knowledge contributing to their own research or publication activities, in the presentation of results or the creation of joint scientific projects.

The Faculty, as active member of the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW), is also actively involved in the projects regarding a number of prestigious international organizations and university networks that cooperate in implementing their goals, while mutually respecting the identity and diversity of partner institutions