čas: 19.2.2020 18:07:06
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On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at Prague Castle, the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, appointed Professor Pavel Matějka Rector of the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague.
Professor Matějka will become leader of the university on January 1, 2020, with a four-year term of office.
Joining Professor Matějka at the event were Radek Cibulka, Chair of the UCT Prague Academic Senate, and outgoing Rector, Karel Melzoch.
Prof. Dr. RNDr. Pavel MATĚJKA studied physical chemistry at the Faculty of Science, Charles University, joining UCT Prague in 1993. In 2003, he became associate professor and since 2008 he has been a full UCT Prague professor. From 2010 to 2013, he was Vice-Dean for External Relations at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering. Since 2013, he has been Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry. In 2016, he became UCT Prague‘s Vice-Rector for External Relations and Communication. He is interested in the development of vibrational spectroscopy techniques using nanoparticles and nanostructures, resulting in approximately 150 publications in high-quality journals, more than 2,100 citations (without self-citations), and h-index 23.
The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague) is a natural hub for top-class education and research in the field of chemistry in the Czech Republic. It is one of the largest Czech educational and research institutions focused on technical chemistry, chemical and biochemical technologies, material and chemical engineering, food sciences and the environment. There are over 4,000 students studying at the university, with an extraordinary proportion of doctoral students (on average, 700). Some of the educational programmes are unique and crucial for the future of the entire Czech Republic. UCT Prague cooperates with more than 100 academic institutions mainly in Europe, but also in the USA, Canada, Japan, Vietnam, and beyond.
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Martin Pumera is the first person to be named to this position.
At its meeting on October24 , the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague’s Scientific Council approved the establishment of the position of visiting professor at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry in the field of Chemistry Education and subsequently appointed associate professor Martin Pumera to the position effective for the period November 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022.
Professor Pumera is a world-renowned expert in the field of inorganic chemistry and his rankings in prestigious databases confirm that he belongs to the top percent of most cited chemists in the world. Before joining UCT, he worked for many years at the prestigious Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, an institution with which UCT Prague has been developing closer ties. Since 2017 he has been the head of the UCT Prague Center for Advanced Functional Nanorobots.
“The establishment of the position of visiting professor and the appointment of Professor Pumera will further strengthen the scientific activities at our faculty and the whole university,” said Professor Karel Bouzek, Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Technology.
The privilege of appointing visiting professors was granted to UCT Prague in June 2019, within its institutional accreditation in the fields of Chemistry and Food Technology Education. The post is given only to the scholars who have achieved academic rank abroad comparable to Czech professors and associate professors or who were prominent professionals practising in their fields for at least twenty years.
At the UCT Prague, visiting professors are appointed by the Scientific Council based on the Rector’s submission upon a proposal by the Dean of the respective faculty.
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.
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