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Czech Ministry of Education: New Internationalization Strategy for HE

The new Strategy for the Internationalisation of Higher Education for the period from 2021 was approved and published in June 2021. For the very first time, Internationalisation Strategy was created as a separate but complementary document to the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) for Higher Education for the period from 2021. These strategies form the MEYS basic conceptual documents for the area of higher education and significantly contributes to the achievement of priorities in the field of international cooperation as set out in the Innovation Strategy of the Czech Republic to 2030.

The new Internationalisation Strategy sets out the main priority and operational objectives in the field of internationalisation, presents the activities that MEYS, in cooperation with DZS and other actors, plans to implement in order to achieve them, and names expected implementation measures at the level of individual universities. Due to the international dimension and the quality of education, research and the third role, Czech universities are preparing their graduates for a leading role in the global knowledge society, thereby contributing to the prosperity and sustainable development of communities at home and abroad.

MEYS and HEIs will work together to ensure that the Czech higher education system fulfils the following ideal in 2030:

  • Graduates and university staff are equipped with global competences.
  • Universities provide study programmes with substantial elements of internationalisation.
  • Universities are involved in strategic international cooperation, partnerships, and international capacity building. 
  • The Czech Republic is an attractive and friendly country, and its universities are attractive institutions for international students, graduates, and academic and research staff.

For reaching this state, the strategy sets up 6 objectives:

  1.  Developing Global Competences of University Students and Staff
  2. The Internationalisation of University Study Programmes
  3. Simplifying the Process of Recognition of Foreign Education
  4. Creating an International Environment at Universities and Promotion Abroad
  5. Strengthening the Strategic Management of Internationalisation
  6. Internationalisation Activities of the National Accreditation Bureau

This strategy follows European and global trends and builds on the principles of the Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area. It also provides an understanding of current trends in the world and the potential benefits of international cooperation for institutions, management, administration, academics, and students, and provides a framework for a comprehensive internationalisation strategy for universities and the creation of their individual institutional strategies.