Bearing in mind that our Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies has only been around for a few years so far, the words that best describe it surely include “dynamism” and “drive”.
Increasingly popular with students from both home and abroad and gaining in respect as a competitive workplace, the faculty is a buzzing site of academic life that embraces diversity and internationality on a daily basis.
Our students can choose to study either in Czech or English, so the corridors of the Faculty are naturally packed with foreign students and teachers. At the moment, as many as nine lecturers from various countries around the world – from South Africa, Ghana, Thailand, Chile and Peru – are staying with us to teach their advanced courses. The number of teachers from European countries has recently been increasing, too.
In addition, our students are frequently given opportunities to complete their internships abroad, mastering much-needed practical skills and gaining hands-on experience during their studies.
Just like many leading European universities, we are proud to see that our students are becoming ever so diverse in terms of their origin and nationality. In addition to those from European countries, we have had numerous students from distant countries, such as Canada, Ghana, South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria, India, Nepal, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Thailand, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Cameroon.
While some of them only choose to stay with us for a semester or two as part of an exchange programme, others opt for more extended stays, using the full potential of our study programmes and choosing to graduate here, too.
Faculty history and specialisation
Established in 2008, the Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies (FRDIS) broadened the scope of expertise at Mendel University in Brno and provided additional fields of research and study.
The faculty was founded in response to the growing importance of regional tendencies in social and economic life and their impact on regional, national and international policies. Meeting the ever increasing demand for a new type of university graduates equipped with comprehensive skills and abilities, the Faculty aims to produce experts capable of solving complex issues and tackling various challenges in the area of balanced regional development in both economic and social terms.
With this in mind, our students are trained to be sensitive not only to the economic position and social cohesion within the individual EU countries, but also to the position of the European continent on the world stage in general. In addition, special emphasis is put on meeting the current demand for employees who specialise in developing countries.
All in all, the Faculty seeks to make its study programmes as internationalised as possible, making them highly attractive and practical both nationally and internationally.