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Educated Workforce

Educated Workforce

Educated Workforce with Relevant Business and Technical Skills

The Czech Republic combines an outstanding level of general education with strong science and engineering disciplines. Technical education in the Czech Republic has a long tradition and enjoys a strong reputation around the world. The availability of graduates in technical fields creates a perfect environment for both manufacturing and R&D-oriented companies. Czech Technical University in Prague is one of the biggest and oldest technical universities in Europe. Roughly one-third of Czech students study economics, finance or IT.

School attendance is compulsory from age six to 15 (elementary and lower secondary school). After nine years, students may continue at three basic types of upper secondary school: vocational training centers, secondary schools and high schools (grammar school). Undergraduate and graduate studies are offered by colleges (offering three to four-year bachelor's programs) and universities, which also offer master's and doctoral programs.

Public universities offer programs ranging from ICT and electronics to life sciences and humanities, while a number of private institutions offer mainly business administration or economic programs. According to statistics from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport for academic year 2021/2022, there are currently 304,054 university students and 60,547 graduates.
 

TOTAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND GRADUATES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC BY FIELD OF STUDY

Academic year 2021/2022

Study Programs Students Graduates
CHEMISTRY/BIOCHEMISTRY 20,806 4,553
PHARMACY 3,699 695
MEDICINE 31,862 5,453
MEDICAL DEVICES 2,223 519
LIFE SCIENCES 56,912 11,206
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES 22,395 6,124
MOBILITY 21,086 4,896
DEFENSE AND SECURITY 29,969 5,501
SMART TECHNOLOGIES 21,025 5,240
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES 15,072 3,631
CULTURE, CULTURAL INDUSTRIES 13,684 2,514
ICT AND SOFTWARE - GAMING 16,969 3,192
STEMM 134,351 25,373
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 47,811 12,875
LAW 10,918 1,858
LANGUAGES 10,008 2,432
INFORMATICS 20,413 3,164
FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING 10,993 1,758
ECOTECH 24,394 4,996
ICT 26,155 4,811
Source: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, CzechInvest, 2022

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND GRADUATES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN 2020/2021

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND GRADUATES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN 2020/2021 Source: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, CzechInvest, 2022
 

Languages skills

According to the EF EPI English Proficiency Index 2020, the Czech Republic ranks 19th among the 100 countries with a high degree of proficiency in English.

Knowledge of languages among the Czech population is expanding every year. Instruction of foreign languages begins in kindergarten. However, mandatory instruction of the first foreign language begins in the third grade of elementary school (at the age of eight) and the second language in the eighth grade of elementary school (at the age of thirteen). Language instruction continues at secondary schools and universities. The most frequently taught languages are English and German. Russian is still common among the older generation.
 

LEVEL OF FOREIGN-LANGUAGE KNOWLEDGE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC - % of the population in the 18 - 59 demographic

LEVEL OF FOREIGN-LANGUAGE KNOWLEDGE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC - % of the population in the 18 - 59 demographic Source: Sociological Survey, STEM, 2014; CzechInvest, 2022
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