Educational Activities at Palacký University

Lifelong learning (LLL) deepens, renews, and expands the knowledge, skills, and qualifications of the participants, and enables them to further their professional development. Palacký University Olomouc offers several types and lifelong learning programmes that are intended for all those who want to further their education, retrain, or seek a new job in the labour market, from the youngest (Children’s University) to seniors (University of the Third Age). Below you will find an overview of the varied offer of lifelong learning programmes and a link to the lifelong learning portal, where you will find an overview of courses that you can apply for.

Lifelong Learning Portal

All lifelong learning programmes are published on the Lifelong Learning Portal. The portal offers complete information on the possibilities of lifelong learning at Palacký University and its eight faculties. You will find an overview of all lifelong learning programmes on it, including completely new ones; after logging into the portal, it is possible to enrol in them.

Specialised Education

Specialised education is one of the forms of lifelong learning you can choose if you want to deepen your qualifications, especially as a health worker.

It is implemented in accredited facilities, either in the form of daily training or in the form of loose training. At Palacký University, these are selected programmes of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

The graduate acquires the ability to perform specialised activities of the relevant medical profession after successfully passing the attestation exam.

Qualification Education (Expanding and Supplementary Education)

You can choose qualification education programmes if you want to expand your professional qualifications and supplement the knowledge and understanding of the field you have studied. Graduates will acquire expanding or supplementary certification to perform pedagogical activities at another type of school or at another level of school, or to teach other subjects.

At Palacký University, these programmes are offered by the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Science.

Further Education

Further education programmes contribute to increasing competitiveness on the labour market. At Palacký University they are focused on further professional education of university employees or doctoral students. You can choose from them if you want to improve and supplement your knowledge within the requirements for the selected position.

The concept of further education of UP employees is aimed at academic staff (AS), technical and economic staff (TES), other staff, and doctoral students who actively participate in the operation of departments and institutes.

Leisure Activities

Leisure education programmes offer leisure and non-formal education to UP employees, UP students, and the public and are a supplement to qualification education. These are educational, recreational, cognitive, and creative leisure activities, which are voluntary. If you wish to develop your personality or strengthen ties between colleagues, leisure education is for you.

Retraining Education

Retraining programmes are designed for those who are looking for (or changing) jobs and need a new qualification, or for those who want to expand their existing qualifications to maintain their current job.

If you are applying for a retraining programme, you must have the appropriate prerequisites and be medically fit for the course and for the profession in which you want to retrain.

Thematic Education

Thematic education brings new approaches and innovative methods to education through seminars, lectures, etc. These are led by experts from the university or from the particular field and are focused mainly on current, interesting topics that contribute to a deeper education in various fields.

Internationally Recognised Courses

Internationally recognised courses are implemented with a focus on increasing expertise. At Palacký University, they can be held in Czech or in a foreign language, in full-time or distance form (or a combination of both forms).

University of the Third Age at UP

Universities of the Third Age (U3A) are a specific part of lifelong learning. They provide senior citizens over the age of 60 with education at the highest possible level, i.e., at the university level, which differs from other forms of educational activities. Education at U3A has the character of personal development, not professional training, and is not geared to nor establishes the right to a university degree.

U3A at Palacký University Olomouc (U3A UP) is the oldest university of its kind in our republic; it was established in 1986 as the first in what was then Czechoslovakia. Gradually, it became an integral part of the educational, scientific-research, and socio-cultural activities of the university. U3A UP is successfully completed by about 800 participants each year. It has branches in Uherské Hradiště, Valašské Meziříčí, Vyškov, and Šternberk.

Children’s University

The Children’s University is a unique opportunity for children aged 8–12 to try studying at university and look under the cover of various scientific disciplines. Children’s University students attend ten interactive lectures from various university disciplines. In an entertaining way, they gain interesting knowledge that can inspire them to further their careers. The series of lectures ends with a ceremonial graduation, at which children receive a diploma.

Distance Education

Distance education is a specific multimedia form of teaching in which teachers and consultants are separated from the learners during education. Multimedia means the use of remote means of communication which can be used to present the curriculum, such as text materials, audiovisual recordings, electronic mail, and computer online or offline platforms. E-learning (a specialised online software educational tool) is also used usually for short courses as well as for graduate study programmes. Every person from the age of 18 can participate at UP if they are able to study independently at the appropriate level, master information and communication technologies, and take their own responsibility for the educational process and the goals they wish to achieve.

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