čas: 27.6.2019 08:03:51
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For the first time, UCT Prague has been ranked among the 1,000 best universities in the world, rising to 355th place, the second best position among Czech universities this year.
These excellent results in the QS World University Rankings 2020 was largely due to the small student-to-academic instructor ratio. Individual support for the educational process and the consequential involvement of students in research activities has finally carried UCT Prague to 47th place in the world and first in the Czech Republic.
“We are pleased that student support at UCT Prague is also appreciated at the international level. But we are really talking about students and their individual growth, so the rankings results are just a pleasant consequence,” said Karel Melzoch, Rector of UCT Prague.
Contributing to this year’s ranking was the international environment of our university—for the Czech context, a relatively high number of students from abroad. In recent years, the university has also attracted international researchers who decided to pursue their careers at UCT Prague.
“Placing in the first 400 can help us attract more excellent students and researchers from abroad,” said Pavel Matějka, Vice-Rector for External Relations and Communication. “On the other hand, I don’t want to overstate one year’s ranking; we don’t know how the numbers will look like next time, particularly because we ranked in the first 1,000 for the first time,” added Matějka, who sees room for further improvement. “As a disciplinary-focused university, we will never have as much recognition as the larger universities. Yet solid work in science and research as well as collaboration with companies and institutions can push us even higher.”
This year was a good year for all Czech universities included in the rankings. Charles University broke through to the top 300 in the world, and all other Czech universities have improved. CTU Prague was ranked 498th, Masaryk University 551-560th, Palacký University Olomouc 601-650th, and BUT Brno 651-700th. New to the rankings were TU Liberec (751-800th) as well as the the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS) and the University of Ostrava, both in the 810-1,000th ranking band.
All rankings together with ranking methodology can be found online at: QS World University Rankings 2020.
On 29 and 30 April, Nanyang Technological University Singapore hosted a second meeting with the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague (UCT Prague) and the prestigious University of Singapore. This followed a February workshop in Prague and the January signing of a Memorandum of Mutual Cooperation. The main objective of the April meeting was to define specific joint research tasks in the fields of sustainability, food safety and nutrition, and biomedical sciences.
UCT Prague also invited representatives from Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU Prague) and the Brno University of Technology (BUT) to the meeting because of their complementary expertise in electromobility, hydrogen fuels, electrode materials, and related areas. “This is the birth of a new Czech research consortium with a clear goal and the potential for participating in international bilateral grant projects,” says Pavel Kotrba, Vice-Rector for Science and Research, UCT Prague and one of the organizers of the tour.
The UCT Prague delegation was led by Rector Karel Melzoch, accompanied by the Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Technology, Karel Bouzek, and other our leading experts: Prof. Hajšlová, Prof. Krýsa, Doc. Pulkrabová, Associate Professors Pumera, Sofer, Bartáček, and Dr. Kubička. Representatives of NTU Singapore at the meetings included the Vice Presidents of the University, Prof. Ling San and Prof. Alan Chen, as well as Prof. Subodh Mhaisalkar, who is also Director of the Energy Research Institute. The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Singapore, Ivan Hotěk, also attended the first day of the meeting.
The meeting concluded with an agreement about the creation of a platform for cooperation in science and research in the areas of sustainability and food safety. A framework for a student exchange program was negotiated and concrete cooperation between UCT Prague and NTU Singapore was launched for the following research areas:
Electrochemical Energy Storage for Mobility: Doc. Pumera, Prof. Mhaisalkar [Energy Research Institute @ NTU; Assoc. Vice President of NTU – Strategy and Partnership]
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell/Electrolysis Cell: Prof. Bouzek, Prof. Siew Hwa Chan [School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; Energy Research Institute @ NTU]
Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell: Prof. Bouzek, Doc. Sofer, Prof. Siew Hwa Chan [School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; Energy Research Institute @ NTU]
Photo Membrane Reactor - Concept II: Prof. Krýsa, Doc. Bartáček, Dr. Teik-Thye Lim [Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute]
Multifunctional Structured Catalysts Derived from Layered Double Hydroxides: Dr. Kubička, Dr. Poernomo Gunawan [School of Chemical and Biomedicinal Engineering]
Food Safety (microbial through metabolomics; point-of-care mycotoxins detection), Security (nutrition for aging population) and Authenticity (imported food): Doc. Pukrabová, Prof. Hajšlová, Doc. Pumera, Prof. William Chen [Director, Food Sci and Technology Programme; School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering]
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UCT Prague reached 2nd place among the 14 listed Czech universities in quality of teaching criterion!
The most recent edition of the well respected Times Higher Education World Unviersity Ratings 2019 placed UCT Prague among 1 000 best schools in the world. In one of the key aspects - quality of teaching - UCT Prague reached 2nd place among all the 14 Czech schools listed in the ranking.
Times Higher Education belongs, along the Shanghai based QS Ratings, to the most respected university rating systems. Main 5 criteria are judged – teaching, cooperation with industries, international relations, research and citations.
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