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History, quality, and internationalisation of higher education at the University of Central Europe in Skalica

Globalisation in terms of the intensification of global social relations linking distant locations in such a way that local events are formed by events taking place many kilometres away and vice versa in combination with internationalisation and sustainable development create new requirements for higher education nowadays. The European Commission emphasised in its last version of strategic documents concerning higher education the need for the significant expansion of the student population, increased quality and coordination of instruction and studies with a broader scope of social needs and labour market, the need to adjust to globalisation and increased number of higher education students and institutions around the world. Last, but not least, it stressed the necessity to improve and extend the provision of higher education using new technologies enabling distant methods of education.

The University of Central Europe in Skalica actively responds to the stated challenges and globalisation trends in the field of education and it continuously monitors, maintains and increases the quality of provided higher education and builds a solid place among higher education institutions providing high-standard education, thus supporting the local, national as well as international economic and social development.

The selection of the home of the University of Central Europe in Skalica as an educational institution was influenced by several historical facts concerning the town of Skalica. Education has had a tradition in Skalica since 1372 when the town was promoted to become a free royal town gaining also the patronage right of care for a school. The first written mention of a secondary school in Skalica dates back to 1542 and a university focusing on theology and philosophy was established here in 16th century. After 1777, the development of education in Skalica was characterised by reforms of Maria Theresa and Joseph II, a secondary grammar school was established here (1857) with the first language of instruction being Slovak and its graduates could continue to study at universities. In 2006, the history of Skalica as a university town started to be written again thanks to the establishment of the University of Central Europe in Skalica.

At first glance, unrelated scientific fields - international relations and the environment, in which the University of Central Europe in Skalica has been offering higher education and scientific research activity from the beginning of its existence - are currently becoming key accompanying elements of many economic and social processes in the form of internationalisation and sustainable development of human activity. Environmental studies, ecology, international policy and international relations have thus been so far areas where the University of Central Europe in Skalica develops knowledge-based society, educates competent graduates and conducts its scientific research activity.

Since the complex accreditation of activities of the University of Central Europe in Skalica carried out by the Accreditation Commission, an advisory body of the government of the Slovak Republic in 2011, this higher education institution has been authorised to provide full accredited university education and to grant corresponding academic titles in the following study programmes:

  • Environment study field: 4.3.1 Landscape protection and utilisation, the first bachelors degree of higher education (title: Bc.), full-time and part-time form of studies
  • International relations study field: 3.1.5 International relations, the first bachelors and the second masters degree of higher education, doctoral proceedings (titles: Bc., Mgr. and PhDr.), full-time and part-time form of studies
  • Environmental management study field: 4.3.3 Environmental management, the first bachelors, the second masters and the third doctoral degree of higher education, post-graduate studies (titles: Bc., Mgr., PhDr., PhD.), full-time and part-time form of studies.

The University of Central Europe in Skalicarealises its educational and scientific research activity in two buildings in the town of Skalica and in a separately located academic library of the university. In 2012, the university opened its first field office outside of the registered office of the university The Educational and Consulting Institute of the University of Central Europe in Skalica in Košice. All study programmes accredited at UCEU are offered in the registered office in Skalica, as well as in the universitys institute in Košice, namely in the form of parallel schedule of classes using installed teleconference equipment enabling fully functioning interactive instruction. Students of our school have thus the opportunity to attend during the academic year educational activities based on their choice either in Skalica or in Košice.

Internationalisation of education seems to be recently the suitable response to globalisation processes that are out of the control of higher education institutions. The University of Central Europe in Skalica applies in its educational process several instruments of international transparency based on the results of education, e.g. the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System /ECTS/ and the bilingual annex to the diploma, thus making the granted higher education titles more acknowledgeable.

In order to increase the quality and internationalisation of the scientific research and education activity of the University of Central Europe in Skalica, teleconference equipment enabling more intense and active development of international cooperation with foreign universities has been installed not only in premises of the university, but also of partner universities abroad. The mentioned telebridge connection technology using videoconference systems is used when offering lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops, as well as when realising joint study programmes, language courses and when verifying language skills through certification of international significance. This is how the University of Central Europe in Skalica tries to provide students with knowledge and experience of international significance, to provide access to the most current information and knowledge from the world, to improve their language skills and knowledge, to gain valuable life experience and thus to increase the possibilities of their successful integration to the international labour market. 

The University of Central Europe in Skalica does not isolate itself from globalisation processes, internationalisation or sustainable growth. Not only does it develop knowledge-based society and research in these interdisciplinary fields, but thanks to its competitiveness it even more supports the internationalisation and sustainability of education and is a solid part of today’s international educational process in terms of the Bologna process principles.

For more information please contact us:

doc. RNDr. Jozef Minďaš, PhD.
Poverený prorektor pre vedu a výskum
tel.: +421 34 696 52 24