Czech Technical University in Prague

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| students=18 875 (2017)| staff=2 717 (2017)| location=Prague, Czech Republic (main campus), additional 4 smaller campusesPartnership of a European Group of Aeronautics and Space Universities>PEGASUSCESAERweblink}}}}{{Location map | Czech Republic| caption = Location: Prague, Czech Republic| width=250| label=CTU| label-size=90 position=top lat_min=6 lon_min=23 marksize=8| float=right}}Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU, ) is one of the largest universities in the Czech Republic, and is one of the oldest institutes of technology in Central Europe. It is also the oldest non-military technical university in Europe{{Citation|title = Czech Technical University In Prague - Topuniversities|url =weblink}} and the best technical university in the Czech Republic.WEB,weblink Czech Technical University (CTU),, In the academic year 2017/18 Czech Technical University offered 128 degree programs in Czech and 87 in English.


File:CTU founding decree.jpg|left|thumb|The founding decree of the Czech Technical University, ratified by Joseph I, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph I, Holy Roman EmperorIt was established as the Institute of Engineering Education in 1707, but as a secondary education (high school) instead of a tertiary university, by Emperor Joseph IWEB,weblink Rescript of the Emperor Joseph I, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 2009-10-05, as a response to Christian Josef Willenberg's petition addressed to preceding emperor Leopold I. In 1806 the institute of Engineering Education was transformed into Prague Polytechnical Institute (or Prague Polytechnic), when the university studies began. After the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the name of the school was changed in 1920 to the Czech Technical University in Prague.


In 1705, {{Interlanguage link multi|Christian Josef Willenberg|de}} asked Emperor Leopold I for permission to teach "the art of engineering". Later, the emperor's only son, who succeeded him on the throne in 1707 as Joseph I, ordered the Czech state of Prague to provide engineering education. Due to various reasons the request was avoided long periods of time but in October 1716 Willenberg repeated the request and finally on 9 November 1717 a decree by the Czech state granted Willenberg the professorship (first engineering professorship in Central Europe) and on 7 January 1718 he began teaching. Initially, Willenberg started teaching only 12 students in his own apartment (six barons , four knights and two burghers), but gradually students proliferated (in 1779 there were around 200) and they started studying in more suitable premises. Initially, the training focused mainly on the military. Teaching in the first year lasted one hour per day in the second year almost two.The successor of prof. Willenberg was Johann Ferdinand Schor, builder of hydraulic structures in the basin of the Vltava and author of textbooks used at the school of mathematics. He began under Willenberg's leadership by teaching optics, perspectivity, technical drawing and geography. The third was professor František Antonín Herget, who mainly focused on civil engineering, particularly construction.In September 1776 Maria Theresa allowed Herget to use the Clementinum building; in 1786 the school moved to the new and better building.In 1787 the School of Engineering was established at the decree of Emperor Joseph II.

Academic profile



The CTU is the best technical university in the Czech Republic. In 2010, in the world rating of THES-QS universities in the category of technical sciences, the CTU took the 121st place, in the category of natural sciences – 246th place.WEB,weblink Czech Technical University (CTU),, In 2018 Czech Technical University was ranked as 220th in Engineering and Technology in the QS World University Rankings.WEB,weblink QS Engineering and Technology ranking,,


Students apply to faculty. Each faculty has different admissions requirements. Acceptance rate ranges from 52.32% (Faculty of Information Technology) to 81.51% (Faculty of Transportation Sciences).WEB,weblink Acceptance rate of Czech Universities,, The percentage of international students grew from 2.5% in 2000 to 16.4% in 2017.WEB,weblink Annual report 2000,, Czech, WEB,weblink Annual report 2017,, Czech,

Graduation rate

Due to the pace and difficulty of CTU coursework, high percentage of students fail to complete first year of their studies. First year failure rates range from 23% (Faculty of Civil Engineering) to 47% (Faculty of Information Technology).WEB,weblink Annual report 2017,, Czech, 77, Overall, only 48% of enrolled undergraduate students end up graduating.{{citation needed|date=March 2019}}

International Cooperation

Study and work abroad

CTU has international agreements with 484 foreign universities. Many of them are ranked in the first hundred in QS World University Rankings such as National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Purdue University, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Technical University of Munich, Delft University of Technology or KU Leuven.CTU has many bilateral agreements with universities outside of Europe. The most sought after universities are from Canada, Australia, Singapore, USA and Japan. That said, every year many students choose to study in attractive destinations such as Argentina, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Indie, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Russia or Taiwan.CTU also participates in the European programmes Erasmus and Leonardo.WEB,weblink Czech Technical University (CTU),,

International students

CTU has currently over 3500 international students from 117 countries. About 750 of them are an exchange students. One of the organizations that takes care of international students is International Student Club (ISC), which organizes Buddy Programme and extra-curricular activities.

Dual diploma

CTU has currently 21 agreements with universities such as Technical University of Munich, RWTH Aachen or Trinity College Dublin.

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style="text-align:center;"Faculty/school >| Year founded style="text-align:center;"| 1707 style="text-align:center;"| 1864 style="text-align:center;"Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague>Electrical Engineering 1950 style="text-align:center;"| 1955 style="text-align:center;"| 1976 style="text-align:center;"| 1992 style="text-align:center;"| 1993 style="text-align:center;"| 2005 style="text-align:center;"Faculty of Information Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague>Information Technology 2009CTU has 8 faculties. The oldest one (Faculty of Civil Engineering) was founded in 1707, while the youngest and most selective faculty (Faculty of Information Technology) was founded in 2009.The university also has 5 university institutes, such as Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, Klokner Institute, Institute of Physical Education and Sport, University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings and Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics.Other constituent parts include Computing and Information Centre, Technology and Innovation Centre, The Research Centre for Industrial Heritage, Centre for Radiochemistry and Radiation Chemistry, Division of Construction and Investment and Central Library.The university also has a Publishing House and service facilities.Student clubs within the CTU are integrated in the Student Union. It has 27 members and covers a wide range of free time activities, with the biggest club being Silicon Hill. The Student Union also organizes social events for students throughout the year.

Notable alumni


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