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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 centres, secondary schools and high schools (gymnazium). Undergraduate and graduate studies are offered by colleges (offering three to four-year bachelor programmes) and universities, which also offer master and doctoral programmes.

Public universities offer programmes ranging from ICT and electronics to life sciences and humanities, while a number of private institutions offer mainly business administration or economic programmes. According to statistics from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport for academic year 2016/2017, there are currently more than 300,000 university students and nearly 80,000 graduates.


TOTAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND GRADUATES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC. BY FIELD OF STUDY. Academic year 2016/2017.

Study programme Students Graduates
ICT 30,739 6,756
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (HR included) 67,497 20,075
HR 2,402 778
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING 14,744 3,307
AUTOMOTIVE 25,994 6,184
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING 15,181 3,336
TECHNICAL PROGRAMMES, TOTAL (Total technical faculties, not only technical programmes 91,525 21,929
NANOTECHNOLOGY AND MATERIALS 7,148 1,696
ENERGY 8,508 2,294
CHEMISTRY/BIOCHEMISTRY 17,514 3,954
PHARMACY 2,997 547
MEDICINE 33,062 6,014
LIFE SCIENCES, TOTAL (chemistry, pharmacy, medicine) 53,175 10,493
AEROSPACE-related fileds of study 18,878 5,038
LAW 10,254 1,701
LANGUAGES 13,794 3,020
Source: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, 2017

NUMBER OF STUDENTS AND GRAGUATES AT UNIVERSITIES IN THE REGIONS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC. Academic year 2016/2017

NUMBER OF STUDENTS AND GRAGUATES AT UNIVERSITIES IN THE REGIONS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC. Academic year 2016/2017 Source: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, 2017. Note: There are no universities in the Karlovy Vary region.
 

Languages skills

According to the EF EPI English Proficiency Index, the Czech Republic ranks sixteenth among the 72 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 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