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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 2018/2019, there are currently more than 290,000 university students and more than 68,000 graduates.


TOTAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND GRADUATES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC BY FIELD OF STUDY
Academic year 2018/2019

Study Program Students Graduates
ICT 27,341 5,832
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (HR included) 62,391 15,953
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING 14,025 3,130
AUTOMOTIVE 23,676 5,897
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 20,614 4,811
TECHNICAL PROGRAMS, TOTAL (Total for technical faculties, not only technical programs) 81,913 19,704
NANOTECHNOLOGY AND MATERIALS 12,724 3,412
CHEMISTRY/BIOCHEMISTRY 18,083 4,222
PHARMACY 5,053 1,062
MEDICINE 29,361 5,361
LIFE SCIENCES, TOTAL (chemistry, pharmacy, medicine) 52,497 10,645
MEDICAL DEVICES 1,364 404
INFORMATICS 10,097 1,801
AEROSPACE 1,181 293
AEROSPACE - related study programs 17,830 4,971
LAW 10,450 1,790
LANGUAGES - PHILOLOGY 12,618 2,817
STEM-M study programs 119,836 25,773
Source: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, 2019; CzechInvest, 2019
Source: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, 2019; CzechInvest, 2019 Source: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, 2019; CzechInvest, 2019
 

Languages skills

According to the EF EPI English Proficiency Index 2019, the Czech Republic ranks 23rd 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, 2019