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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 (gymnazium). 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 2020/2021, there are currently 299,936 university students and 62,914 graduates.

TOTAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND GRADUATES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC BY FIELD OF STUDY
Academic year 2020/2021

Study Programs Students Graduates
CHEMISTRY/BIOCHEMISTRY 19,935 4,725
PHARMACY 4,009 802
MEDICINE 30,713 5,372
MEDICAL DEVICES 2,319 569
LIFE SCIENCES 56,979 11,468
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES 26,072 6,809
MOBILITY 22,220 5,647
DEFENSE AND SECURITY 30,278 5,802
SMART TECHNOLOGIES 23,443 6,019
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES 15,105 4,072
CULTURE, CULTURAL INDUSTRIES 12,926 2,659
ICT AND SOFTWARE - GAMING 17,021 3,329
STEMM 134,206 25,953
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 50,335 14,617
LAW 10,310 1,940
LANGUAGES 11,293 2,545
INFORMATICS 19,363 2,984
FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING 8,243 1,999
ECOTECH 24,315 5,714
ICT 26,296 5,039
Source: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, 2021; CzechInvest, 2021

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, 2021; CzechInvest, 2021
 

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, 2021